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14 items from 2014


See Reddit users’ favorite movie from each year

2 September 2014 12:56 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Throughout the summer, an admin on the r/movies subreddit has been leading Reddit users in a poll of the best movies from every year for the last 100 years called 100 Years of Yearly Cinema. The poll concluded three days ago, and the list of every movie from 1914 to 2013 has been published today.

Users were asked to nominate films from a given year and up-vote their favorite nominees. The full list includes the outright winner along with the first two runners-up from each year. The list is mostly a predictable assortment of IMDb favorites and certified classics, but a few surprise gems have also risen to the top of the crust, including the early experimental documentary Man With a Movie Camera in 1929, Abel Gance’s J’Accuse! in 1919, the Fred Astaire film Top Hat over Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps in 1935, and Stanley Kubrick’s The Killing over John Ford’s »

- Brian Welk

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TCM Offers Controversial (and Legendary) Actress Fonda Film Marathon Today

1 August 2014 7:21 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Jane Fonda movies on TCM: ‘The China Syndrome,’ ‘Klute,’ and Jean-Luc Godard drama ‘Tout Va Bien’ among highlights (photo: Jane Fonda in ‘Klute’) Turner Classic Movies’ 2014 "Summer Under the Stars" kicked off earlier today, August 1, with a day-long series of Jane Fonda movies. Still reviled by American right-wingers because of her 1972 trip to North Vietnam while the United States was at war with that country — she was photographed seated on an anti-aircraft battery — but admired by others for her liberal views, anti-war activism, and human rights advocacy, the two-time Best Actress Academy Award winner has enjoyed a highly eclectic film career, eventually becoming a rarity among rarities: Jane Fonda is the child of a film star (Henry Fonda) who not only became a film star in her own right, but who went on to become an even bigger screen legend than her famous parent. (See also: Jane Fonda “Summer Under »

- Andre Soares

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“Annie Hall”: The Top 25 (Best Picture)

28 July 2014 6:09 AM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

All good things must come to an end at some point. Yes folks, this is the final installment of this series of mine, and as such, it’s (hopefully) a bit of a doozy…the Best Picture field. Without a doubt, this is the big one, so it’s the one where the list will be the most important and I hope interesting to look at as well. Obviously, I could go on and on in preparation right now, waxing poetic and teasing, but at this point I know how the game works here for everyone. You all just want to see the lists that I do anyhow, so I have no problem obliging you good people there in that particular regard one more time. All you have to do is just be patient over the next paragraph or so and you’ll get the goods front and center for your reading pleasure… »

- Joey Magidson

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Film Review: 'Some Like It Hot'

17 July 2014 3:09 AM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★★★"Story of my life, I always get the fuzzy end of the lollipop,"is just one of the many sublime, double-edged lines that Marilyn Monroe delivers in Billy Wilder's gender-bending comedy Some Like It Hot (1959), which this year celebrates its 55th anniversary. The note of that line is pitch perfect, the sensual, iconic actress allowing it to drop off her lips with comic finesse, whilst simultaneously echoing the tragedy of her own life. Monroe, who died just three years after Some Like It Hot, shares the limelight with two of the finest comedic actors of their generation, Tony Curtis (who, according to Hollywood legend, was sleeping with the actress during the production) and Jack Lemmon (who would star in The Apartment).

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- CineVue UK

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“Haht” of Gold: Top 10 Oscar-Winning Actors from Massachusetts

11 July 2014 1:03 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

It is not too shabby in what the Northeast (New England) part of the United States has produced in terms of past and present actors/actresses making their show business dreams come true. Film careers can be a lot like ice cubes–they start out solid and cool but if you sit around in stagnation your efforts and hard work can melt away before one’s very eyes. Certainly no one can accuse this talented crop of thespians of being one-hit wonders on the big screen. After all, one does not become a recipient of an Academy Award by just sheer luck and charitable fortune.

As a native Bostonian and life long New Englander, I felt compelled to spotlight those Massachusetts-born and bred actors from the same region that had ultimate success on the big screen in winning the Oscar for their acting achievement and contribution to the motion picture industry. »

- Frank Ochieng

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Bright Days Ahead Review

19 June 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Marion Vernoux’s Bright Days Ahead (Les Baux Jours) offers us a meditation on the turning points of life in the shape of a typical melodic French drama. The director’s interruption of the introductory montage of Caroline (Fanny Ardant) cut up by the bold white font of the cast credits with sharp angles, and the ominous score, opens the film with a sense of biting tension. It gives the impression that the comedy could be swept aside as darker undertones swirl beneath the surface, creating dangerous undercurrents that threaten to pull the film’s leading protagonist beneath the surface, and therein our latest experience of a light-hearted French drama.

But Vernoux knows how to offset pathos with comedy, and this approach is an effective prelude for Caroline, whose journey will be one, as is the tendency in this kind of story to learn that her life is not to be dismissed, »

- Paul Risker

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Bright Days Ahead Review

19 June 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Marion Vernoux’s Bright Days Ahead (Les Baux Jours) offers us a meditation on the turning points of life in the shape of a typical melodic French drama. The director’s interruption of the introductory montage of Caroline (Fanny Ardant) cut up by the bold white font of the cast credits with sharp angles, and the ominous score, opens the film with a sense of biting tension. It gives the impression that the comedy could be swept aside as darker undertones swirl beneath the surface, creating dangerous undercurrents that threaten to pull the film’s leading protagonist beneath the surface, and therein our latest experience of a light-hearted French drama.

But Vernoux knows how to offset pathos with comedy, and this approach is an effective prelude for Caroline, whose journey will be one, as is the tendency in this kind of story to learn that her life is not to be dismissed, »

- Paul Risker

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Blu-ray Review: John Wayne’s ‘McLintock!’ is Dated But Fun

5 June 2014 8:49 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – There is not quite any entertainment like a great John Wayne picture, and “McLintock!” certainly fulfills that expectation. But in adapting Shakepeare’s “Taming of the Shrew,” they forgot that the womenfolk had progressed a bit since the spankings that were liberally doled out against the wives and daughters.

Rating: 3.5/5.0

Produced in 1963, this is an old fashioned comedy western, with old fashioned John Wayne values. The Duke gives screen time to the plight of the Indians, but obviously can’t tolerate Eastern educational elites, certain politicians and women outside there roles as housekeepers. Wayne portrays a wealthy cattle driving man, and he works for “the people who buy the T-bone steak.” That rugged individualism sums up “McLintock!.” but along the way there is some true fun, and a nice vehicle for some Silver Era character actors, including the great Jerry Van Dyke.

G.W.(John Wayne) and Katharine (Maureen »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Criterion Collection: Ace in the Hole | Blu-ray Review

13 May 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

A resounding flop upon its release, which saw it recut and rereleased as The Big Carnival without any greater success, Criterion remasters Billy Wilder’s Ace in the Hole for Blu-ray with a beautifully packaged presentation. A darkly prophetic nightmare concerning the carnivalesque power of the media, the 1951 feature is decades ahead of its time, and received a resoundingly sour reception upon initial release. Hot off the success from his 1950 hit, Sunset Boulevard, it would take the box office return of 1953’s Stalag 17 to recuperate Wilder’s studio graces.

Alternating between cocksure aggression and derisive self-loathing, smarmy journalist Chuck Tatum (Kirk Douglas) struts into the office of Albuquerque’s local newspaper where he proceeds to demean a Native American employee and a ridicule the secretary fior her framed and self-embroidered mantra, “Tell the Truth.” It’s immediately clear that Tatum considers the local paper something akin to a cess »

- Nicholas Bell

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The Definitive Original Screenplays: 40-31

23 February 2014 9:48 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

As we continue to move forward through the list, let us consider: how do you define an original screenplay? In theory, everything is based on something. Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine is basically a modern A Streetcar Named Desire. But, somehow, Jasmine is classified as an original screenplay. When a film is wholly original, nothing like it had been done before, and others have tried to copy it since. Plenty of original screenplays (some in this list) take on tired genres, but flip the script. But the ones that really catch the audience by surprise are the ones that feel imaginative, creative, and different.

40. Spirited Away (2001)

Written by Hayao Miyazaki

That’s a good start! Once you’ve met someone, you never really forget them. It just takes a while for your memories to return.

No writer/director on this list may be more fantastical than the great Hayao Miyazaki, »

- Joshua Gaul

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The Definitive Romantic Comedies: 10-1

9 February 2014 9:05 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

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.

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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

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21 Days Til Oscar

9 February 2014 2:56 PM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

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

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Film News: 10th Year of Midwest Independent Film Festival Kicks Off Feb. 4, 2014

3 February 2014 2:48 PM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – One of the finest film fest gathering places in Chicago is the Midwest Independent Film Festival, a year-long event that meets every first Tuesday of the month. The festival’s 10th year kicks off on Tuesday, February 4th, with the comedy “Adventures in the Sin Bin.”

Adventures in the Sin Bin’ Kicks Off the 2014 Midwest Independent Film Festival

Photo credit: Phase 4 Films

The Midwest Independent Film Festival was founded in 2004 by Mike McNamara (also Festival Director) and Michael Kwielford. Each year, the monthly first Tuesday happening – taking place at Landmark Century Centre Cinema at Clark and Diversey in Chicago – has gotten larger and more influential, and culminates every year with the Best of the Midwest Awards. It has also become a vital networking gathering, as producers, directors, actors and film fans get together for each screening. Filmmakers from eight Midwestern states have participated over the years, as the »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Streaming Feature: Best of New to Netflix January 2014

3 January 2014 8:45 AM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Welcome to 2014! It’s freezing in most of the United States. It’s almost the weekend. You Need a full Netflix queue! This is one of our favorite “New to Netflix” columns to date with an even 5x5 — 5 new films that you may have missed and 5 old films that you might not have seen yet. Add all ten. Now with previews!

3 Women

“3 Women”

Netflix Description:

Seemingly meek Pinky gets a job at a nursing home and befriends the loquacious Millie. Their unusual friendship turns strangely eerie when they decide to be roommates and begin to change in surprising and unexpected ways.

Why:

Because Robert Altman. You’ve probably seen the most well-known works of one of the best directors of all time — “Nashville,” “The Player,” “Gosford Park” — but this little gem from 1977 might have slipped under your radar. Moody, atmospheric, strange, and with two of my favorite performances from Shelley Duvall and Sissy Spacek, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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