10 items from 2009
Every Sunday, Film School Rejects presents a film that was made before you were born and tells you why you should like it. This week, Old Ass Movies presents: Some Like It Hot (1959) If you've been paying attention, this is two Billy Wilder films in a row for Old Ass Movies. It's also the second Wilder film in a row to feature Jack Lemmon. I had high praise for The Apartment last week, so this week I wanted to take a look at an early incarnation of that relationship. Where Billy Wilder put Lemmon in a dress. Joe (Tony Curtis) and Jerry (Jack Lemmon) are two musicians who see a mob murder and decide to go into hiding in an all-female band headed for sunny Florida. The gorgeous Sugar Kane Kowalcyk (Marilyn Monroe) is part of the troupe, which might just be two good reasons to stay in hiding. Jerry ends up playing the ultimate wing man »
- Dr. Cole Abaius
Every Sunday, Film School Rejects presents a movie that was made before you were born and tells you why you should like it. This week, Old Ass Movies presents: The Apartment (1960) Earlier in the year, a movie about a mall security guard chasing down a pervert came out to the mixed reactions of people shouting "genius!" from the back row and others shouting obscenities from somewhere near the middle. Observe and Report is the natural heir to a new lineage of dramatic comedies that has sprouted in the past decade (much to the horror of film marketers who have only two presets). The movement of comedic dramas or dramatic comedies has been a strong one, especially for audiences that got tired of the strict separation of the two that took place in the 1990s - sprinkled with a healthy dose of romantic comedies that required a box of tissues. Much like the great prognosticator of trends that »
- Dr. Cole Abaius
New York – Forget "Mad Men."The '60s will live again on Broadway next spring in a revival "Promises, Promises," the musical based on the Academy Award-winning movie "The Apartment."The musical will star Sean Hayes as an ambitious insurance company employee who lends his apartment to company executives for romantic flings and Kristin Chenoweth as his love interest.Producer John Gore said the production will open April 25, 2010, at the Broadway Theatre with preview performances beginning March 28."Promises, Promises" features a book by Neil Simon and a score by Burt Bacharach and Hal David. The musical will be directed and choreographed by Rob Ashford. Among its best known songs are "I'll Never Fall in Love Again," made popular by Dionne Warwick; "Knowing When to Leave" and the title tune.Hayes, who will be making his Broadway debut, is best known for playing Jack on the television series "Will & Grace." Chenoweth »
I'm going to try to kick things back up several notches starting October 5th. Consider it the Fall Season Premiere of Tfe. In case you missed anything from September, a slightly sparse month, here's a little 'best of'
A scene from Lars and the DeGlam Girl
"Can we talk about the abuse in your movies?"
Before There Were Websites "movies of the 80s" a scrapbook discovered
Lights, Camera, Sew! Project Runway and Costume Design in movies
"Caution: District 9" Middle America: Fear of the Shaky Cam
Cate Blanchett, Blanket Stealer Glenn wondered what she was wearing?
I Dream of Vera Farmiga ...and ignore her (oops)
Nine Reactions two views of »
- NATHANIEL R
Mad Men at the Movies: We've been talking about the movies and film stars referenced in the two-time Emmy winning (yay!) 1960s set series. Previously name-checked: Gidget,Wizard of Oz, Lady Chatterley's Lover, Natalie Wood, Joan Crawford, Marty and Grace Kelly
1.10 "The Long Weekend"
Sterling (John Slattery) proposes a public date with Joanie (Christina Hendricks) since his wife Mona will be out of town for Labor Day weekend. Sterling proposes dinner, naked. Joanie isn't playing this particular conversational foreplay game. Her frustration with their affair is starting to show.Joanie: How about a movie? Have you seen The Apartment?
Sterling: I went last week with Mona and Margaret.
Joanie: I hear Shirley Maclaine is good.
Sterling: Oh please, a white elevator operator? And a girl at that? I want to work at that place!
Joanie: [turning on him] Oh, I bet you do. The way those men treated that poor girl, handing her »
- NATHANIEL R
Far closer in spirit and structure to his debut flick, "Thank You for Smoking," than "Juno," Jason Reitman's latest effort clearly is a step up in his increasingly exciting film career. Undeniably moving and heartfelt, "Up in the Air" is one of the year's best and a surefire awards contender for George Clooney, Reitman, and perhaps Vera Farmiga.
The film has been scorching through Toronto, leaving virtually everyone who's seen it gushing about it as the best thing since Billy Wilder helmed "The Apartment." Okay, maybe not That much gushing but close.
"The Apartment" comparison is actually a pretty apt one. There's a confidence and yes even grace to the filmmaking here that's altogether shocking to see in a big studio release. That being said, I'm here to temper your enthusiasm just a tad. Calm down, "Up in the Air" is a lot of things great. It's smart. It's »
- Josh Horowitz
Actor and author Chris Lemmon.
Contrary to popular belief, not all movie stars’ offspring had dysfunctional lives filled with drug abuse, domestic violence and self-destruction. Some children of stars have even gone on to live “normal” lives outside of La-la land, and hold their famous parents in high esteem. Take the case of Chris Lemmon. Born June 22, 1954 in L.A., Chris is the son of two-time Oscar winning actor Jack Lemmon and actress Cynthia Stone. Although his parents divorced when he was young, Chris remained close to both throughout their lives and penned a tribute to his father, (who passed in 2001) called A Twist of Lemmon in 2006, published by Algonquin Books.
- The Hollywood Interview.com
Shirley MacLaine rises higher and higher in my esteem with every passing year, and every modern attempt at a zany heroine falls flat. Seeing her at the Oscars made me realize how low the standard has fallen, and it made me want to watch The Apartment or Two Mules for Sister Sara for the dozenth time. Doing a "Scenes We Love" is the next best thing.
I really wish Two Mules for Sister Sara would enjoy a pop-culture revival, and a remastered DVD. Not only does it have a fabulous (and largely forgotten) theme by Ennio Morricone, but Sara is the kind of heroine all modern rom-com girls aspire too. She's tough, she's smart, she's trilingual, and she's filled with fervor for the Mexican revolution. She wisely plays the victim in order to keep Hogan around, but he ends up needing her as much as she needs his gun and tracking skills. »
- Elisabeth Rappe
From this Sunday, February 1 through Tuesday, March 3 Turner Classic Movies (TCM) begins their annual 31 Days of Oscar, which brings you night after night of Oscar winning and nominated films uncut and commercial free on TCM and I have put together for you a mini guide for films to look for each day so you can either sit down and enjoy them as they play or set your DVR to record them for later. Either way, this is a great way to knock off so many of those classic films from your must see list. First, how about the TCM video montage preview. Can you name the films?
Now, for the full schedule you can click here to download the Pdf or you can browse TCM's online calendar at the 31 Days of Oscar official site. Because one thing is for sure, even though I list films for every single day below »
- Brad Brevet
This was the first time I had ever seen Hal Ashby's Being There and it didn't take long for me to begin asking myself just how in the hell Forrest Gump earned so much praise 15 years after this film was released when this film does it better than Gump ever could have. Yet, the Tom Hanks starring Gump goes on to win six Oscars while Being There is reserved for those that remember there were films made before the birth of the Internet and they still hold a greater value than most any film made today could. Sure, Being There went on to win an Oscar for Melvyn Douglas in a supporting role, but the fact many will never see this film is just a shame. In his second to last film role, Peter Sellers stars as the slow-witted Chance a man who finds himself left to his own »
- Brad Brevet
10 items from 2009
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