14 items from 2014
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: May 6, 2014
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In the film, Harpo Marx is a true patron of the arts, taking from the rich to help feed a group of poor actors struggling to open a new musical without financial backers. He unknowingly makes off with the missing Romanoff diamonds when he shoplifts a tin of sardines from a classy Manhattan market. The diamonds have been smuggled into the country by a sinful yet sizzlingly beautiful jewel thief, Madame Egelichi (Ilona Massey). The Madame traces the tin back to the theater and becomes the show’s financial backer. Hoping to recover the missing diamonds, she and her henchmen nearly bring the whole house down in a madcap race to retrieve the jewels on opening night.
In addition to Harpo, »
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Good Vibrations: true story about a legendary British rock producer has its easy charms, but it’s exceedingly familiar [at Amazon Instant Video]
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Mistaken for Strangers: perhaps the least bullshitting, most unostentatious rock doc ever, often as hilarious as This Is Spinal Tap, though with a different aim in mind in the end [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
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August: Osage County: brilliant, bitter family dramedy, with more than a hint of black comedy; fantastic performances by Julia Roberts, Margo Martindale, Chris Cooper, and the whole wonderful ensemble [at Amazon Instant Video]
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Junebug: black, bitter family dramedy provides an early sweet dose of Amy Adams (and garnered her first Oscar nomination) [at Amazon Instant Video] The Muppets: if you can’t see Muppets Most Wanted again, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
The proliferation of cheap non-linear editing software and video-streaming sites has made the video-mashup and supercut a common occurrence online. In today’s case, an older supercut—two years old—has made the rounds online recently that acts as a nice chaser after the Oscars. Edited by AtrEdits, the video pulls together the last minute or so (or final shots in some cases) of the top 250 movies of all time as voted by IMDb. Since all the clips playing at regular speed would extend the supercut into a near half-hour, all the footage has been sped up. Before you cry foul about the films featured, the editor set a cut-off date for IMDb standings at July 4th, 2011 so there’ll be no “I, Frankenstein” appearance. In any case, all the heavy hitters are accounted for: “Vertigo,” “Psycho,” both the first two “Godfather” films, “Sunset Boulevard,” “Goodfellas,” “Some Like It Hot” and “Terminator 2: Judgment Day, »
- Cain Rodriguez
- Don Groves
This year’s Best Actor race is shaping up to be one of the greatest of all time. And by greatest, I mean both the most competitive and also the most outstanding, in the sense that each nominee is excellent — hypothetical winners in almost any other year. They also reflect the depth of superb male performances in 2013. Consider: Tom Hanks (Captain Phillips), Robert Redford (All Is Lost), Joaquin Phoneix (Her), Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis), and Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station) all missed the cut.
EW’s Owen Gleiberman recently analyzed this year’s Best Actor race, calling it the most “fiercely, »
- Jeff Labrecque
Looking for any excuse, Landon Palmer and Scott Beggs are using the 2012 Sight & Sound poll results as a reason to take different angles on the best movies of all time. Every week, they’ll discuss another entry in the list, dissecting old favorites from odd angles, discovering movies they haven’t seen before and asking you to join in on the conversation. Of course it helps if you’ve seen the movie because there will be plenty of spoilers. This week, they think subversively about Billy Wilder‘s men-in-dresses comedy Some Like It Hot since everything seems to have a “secret gay agenda” these days. And because you can’t bend genders without making romance a little interesting. In the #43 (tied) movie on the list, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon play musicians who foolishly witness the Valentine’s Day Massacre. Trying to hide out, they get into drag to join an all-female band traveling to sunny Miami »
- FSR Staff
There are some really great remakes, among them The Fly, The Thing, The Departed, The Maltese Falcon, Ocean's Eleven, Some Like It Hot and Cape Fear. And there are some really terrible remakes, basically the majority of them. But there are plenty that are okay, maybe even good, and these tend to fall toward the negative side anyway due to the general thinking about their kind. I'll lump the new RoboCop in there. I enjoyed all of what it was doing, idea-wise, ignoring its strange lack of any sense of entertainment value. It's a good story, maybe not great cinema, and sometimes that's enough for me to enjoy a sci-fi movie. Especially if it's commenting -- never mind how overtly -- on something as contemporarily significant as military drones. I...
- Christopher Campbell
Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will open the 2014 edition of the TCM Classic Film Festival with the world premiere of a brand new restoration of the beloved Rodgers & Hammerstein musical Oklahoma! (1955). TCM’s own Robert Osborne, who serves as official host for the festival, will introduce Oklahoma!, with the film’s star, Academy Award®-winner Shirley Jones, in attendance. Vanity Fair will also return for the fifth year as a festival partner and co-presenter of the opening night after-party. Marking its fifth year, the TCM Classic Film Festival will take place April 10-13, 2014, in Hollywood. The gathering will coincide withTCM’s 20th anniversary as a leading authority in classic film.
In addition, the festival has added several high-profile guests to this year’s lineup, including Oscar®-winning director William Friedkin, who will attend for the screening of the U.S. premiere restoration of his suspenseful cult classic Sorcerer (1977); Kim Novak, who »
- Melissa Thompson
Well, we’ve finally reached the summit: the 10 most definitive romantic comedies of all time. Unlike the other sections of this list, there is not a movie here that approaches “bad.” As always, some are better than others, despite the order. But one thing is for sure: if you plan to have a rom-com binge-a-thon soon, this is where you start, no questions asked. In fact, after reading this, you should go do that and report back.
courtesy of reverseshot.com
10. Some Like It Hot (1959)
What’s funnier than men dressing in drag? Depends on who you ask. It’s Billy Wilder again with a fictional story of two musicians – Joe (Tony Curtis) and Jerry (Jack Lemmon) – who witness the St. Valentine’s Day massacre in Chicago and leave town. But, since the mob has ties everywhere, they need to disguise themselves as best they can: as women in an »
- Joshua Gaul
For the next twenty-one days we'll be sharing little trivia items as we count down to Hollywood's High Holy Night and surveying each category though we're not ready for the latter part just yet. Sound fun?
Guess who's the only famous director to ever win exactly 21 nominations? That's Billy Wilder, pictured above with his bounty from The Apartment (1960). He won nominations in Picture, Director, and in the Writing categories over his very long directorial career which stretched from the French language Mauvaise Grain (1934) to the Jack Lemmon/Walter Matthau comedy Buddy Buddy (1981). His career total: 6 Oscars and a Thalberg!
The only director more celebrated in terms of total nominations in multiple categories is Woody Allen with 24 career nods, the huge bulk of which are for Best Original Screenplay (where he's nominated again this year for Blue Jasmine). Billy Wilder is also in second place in terms of total Best »
- NATHANIEL R
One of the longest running major motion picture studios is Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, or MGM as they're better known today. The studio is on a comeback path after going bankrupt in 2010, and this year marks their 90th anniversary. The studio's history began on April 12th, 1924, and since then the studio has released a rich tapestry of iconic films from classics like Some Like It Hot and In the Heat of the Night, up to more recent endeavors like Skyfall and The Hobbit. This is a fantastic montage of MGM's best films, and while they tend to ignore classic, black and white films, it's still a great little retrospective. Here's MGM's 90th Anniversary montage straight from the studio's YouTube channel (via The Playlist): The look back at MGM immediately has me wanting to revisit nearly all of these films if I had the time. Rain Man is one of my favorite films of all time, »
- Ethan Anderton
MGM has released a video celebrating its 90th anniversary.
The two-minute video features clips from some of the studio's most famous films.
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer was founded in 1924 with the merging of Metro Pictures Corporation, Goldwyn Pictures and Louis B Mayer Pictures. »
On April 14, 1924 movie history was made with the release of the silent comedy "Mademoiselle Midnight," starring Mae Murray. While the film itself might not be remembered, it marked the first theatrical release by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer—aka MGM—and for the next 90 years, they would become a permanent presence on the movie landscape. And even if their fortunes in recent years saw them nearly disappear (they filed for bankruptcy in 2010), they bounced back and are ready to celebrate an anniversary. Today, MGM has dropped a 2-minute anniversary trailer highlighting their rich catalogue of films—well, at least those in color. Focusing on the more contemporary hits, with very little of their black-and-white classic films (though "Some Like It Hot" sneaks in there), the spot is a trip down memory lane, focusing on the box office hits, the Oscar winners and more. But this isn't all weepy eyed nostalgia as there is a »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Best Supporting Actor Oscar Predictions 2014 (photo: Jared Leto in ‘Dallas Buyers Club’) As explained in our previous Oscar 2014 predictions post, this year’s Academy Award nominations in the Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress categories initially looked impossible to predict. For Best Supporting Actor, Jared Leto was the front-runner for his performance as a transsexual with AIDS in Dallas Buyers Club, and Michael Fassbender was another strong possibility for his evil planter in 12 Years a Slave — but who else? (See also: "Oscar Predictions 2014 Best Actress: Meryl Streep Possibly to Break Another Record," "Oscar Predictions 2014 Best Actor: Robert Redford Possible Near-Record," "Best Supporting Actress 2014 Oscar Predictions: Jennifer Lawrence and/or Scarlett Johansson to Make Oscar History?" and "Oscar Predictions 2014: Best Picture, Best Director.") A couple of weeks ago, the SAG Award nominations helped to clarify things some, but, just as in the Best Supporting Actress category, there remains quite »
- Steve Montgomery
14 items from 2014
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