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Moms have been an important part of cinema since the beginning, as one of the first humans to appear in a film was Sarah Whitley, mother-in-law of inventor/director Louis Le Prince, in the extremely short 1888 work Roundhay Garden Scene. Since then, we’ve had mothers serving important roles in quintessential masterpieces of Soviet cinema (Mother), Bollywood (Mother India), experimental film (Window Water Baby Moving), animated features (Bambi, Dumbo, etc.), documentary (Grey Gardens), political thriller (The Manchurian Candidate), science fiction (The Terminator), horror (Psycho, Friday the 13th, Carrie, etc.), comedy (The Graduate) and of course melodrama (the whole maternal subgenre). And we’ve all grown up identifying with certain movie moms, and actresses who often played moms; for me they were usually portrayed by Teri Garr, Melinda Dillon, Dee Wallace Stone and Diane Wiest. Therefore it would be an enormous task and read if I were to attempt to either list all or narrow down the best »
- Christopher Campbell
To celebrate the release of Star Trek Into Darkness, the Flickering Myth writing team look back at the classic sci-fi franchise. Next up for Star Trek Month is David Bishop reviewing Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country....
The last of the original crew’s outings onto the big screen is a triumphant swansong. Funny, exciting, fast-paced and ever so slightly touching; this is easily one of the best in the series.
Opening with the destruction of a Klingon moon, which causes some sort of catastrophe meaning the Klingon’s will die out in 50 years (ignore the science, the writers probably did), Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country wastes no time in getting to the action.
Back on Earth, the Federation hold an emergency meeting to decide what they need to do. Do they let the Klingon’s die out, or help them in their time of need? Seeing as the »
I've mentioned before how several years ago I created a list using Roger Ebert's Great Movies, Oscar Best Picture winners, IMDb's Top 250, etc. and began going through them doing my best to see as many of the films on these lists that I had not seen as I possibly could to up my film I.Q. Well, someone has gone through the exhaustive effort to take all of the films Roger Ebert wrote about in his three "Great Movies" books, all of which are compiled on his website and added them to a Letterbxd list and I've added that list below. I'm not positive every movie on his list is here, but by my count there are 363 different titles listed (more if you count the trilogies, the Up docs and Decalogue) and of those 363, I have personally seen 229 and have added an * next to those I've seen. Clearly I have some work to do, »
- Brad Brevet
I've mentioned before how several years ago I created a list using Roger Ebert's Great Movies, Oscar Best Picture winners, IMDb's Top 250, etc. and began going through them doing my best to see as many of the films on these lists that I had not seen as I possibly could to up my film I.Q. Well, someone has gone through the exhaustive effort to take all of the films Roger Ebert wrote about in his three "Great Movies" books, all of which are compiled on his website and added them to a Letterbxd list and I've added that list below. I'm not positive every movie on his list is here, but by my count there are 362 different titles listed (more if you count the trilogies and Decalogue) and of those 362, I have personally seen 229 and have added an * next to those I've seen. Clearly I have some work to do, »
- Brad Brevet
After the epic exertions of Slumdog Millionaire on the subcontinent, the single-character alfresco docudrama of 127 Hours in the American west, and the spectacular historical pageantry that launched the 2012 Olympics in Hackney, Danny Boyle has relaxed – but not too much – with this enjoyable, labyrinthine neo-noir thriller. It begins as a heist movie, the object of the robbery being a £25m Goya stolen in broad daylight from a London auction house. The gang's inside man, Simon (James McAvoy), an auctioneer and art connoisseur addicted to gambling, is hit over the head by an accomplice (Vincent Cassel) resulting in amnesia and a failure to remember where he stashed the painting. The figuratively and literally enchanting Rosario Dawson, a Harley Street hypnotherapist, is brought in to sort things out, and that's when things start to get complicated in the manner of those amnesiac noirs from the genre's classic Freudian period like Spellbound and Whirlpool. »
- Philip French
Yesterday morning I received an e-mail from my pal/ComicMix partner/Secret Santa Glenn Hauman with a link to a three-month old piece in The Atlantic and the comment “You simply must write this up!”
Must? Glenn never says must. He knows I’ll twist and turn any demand challenge into the pretzel from hell – you know, it’s a living – so he usually makes polite suggestions.
I was thinking about writing in detail about exactly how to fix the comic book industry and how easy it is and how it won’t take any additional money to pull it off, but evidently Glenn thinks this is more important. So be it.
I believe the brilliant political satire The President’s Analyst (James Coburn, Godfrey Cambridge, and Wasteland contributor Severn Darden) to be even more relevant today than it was when it was released in 1967. I don’t want to »
- Mike Gold
I love playing games. From a young age I was taught to play and gamble on Mahjong by my Chinese grandparents. In my college days I made money playing poker, bluffing naive suckers out of their money. Nowadays I pass the time playing Trivial Pursuit variants which have been redesigned for gambling purposes, Jenga with shots of vodka as penance for tumbling the tower, and board games with ominous names like Pandemic.
Sports movies are a well-treaded and beloved film genre. Some of these films merely provide us with ample 90 minute segments of entertainment, like Major League. Others go down in our hearts as the inspiring or heart-breaking works of Rudy or Field of Dreams. And if you make a boxing movie, there’s a good chance you’re getting Oscar nods like Ali and Cinderella man; and if you’re lucky, y0u’ll win Best Picture like Rocky and Million Dollar Baby. »
- Nick F
I’ll get right to the point, because if the show I’m about to recommend has one rule, it’s this: Don’t waste time. You should be watching Scandal, the weird, addictive hypersoap that is currently flying in the face of everything we officially revere about the neo–golden age of TV drama. Scandal is, one might argue, ludicrous and indefensible trash, but if so, it’s trash with a capital T, a bedazzled R, an anarchy-symbol A, a neon S, and an H that stands for “Holy s—, I can’t believe they did that!” It is also, »
- Mark Harris
Our countdown continues with part 26 out of 30 in our list of the 300 Greatest Films Ever Made. These are numbers 50-41.
49) All Quiet On The Western Front (1930) Louis Millstone USA
48) The French Connection (1971) William Freidken USA
44) M.A.S.H. (1970) Robert Altman USA
43) Fantasia (1940) Walt Disney USA Animated
42) Amadeus (1984) Milos Foreman USA
Numbers 40-31 coming next.
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Season two of American Horror Story came to a close last night, and now that we know how things ended for Sister Jude, Lana Winters, Kit Walker and the rest of Briarcliff's brethren, it's time to begin thinking about what season three of Ryan Murphy's amorphous anthology will look like.
Much as he did with season one, Murphy scattered clues about his season three plans throughout the final few American Horror Story: Asylum episodes, but said that this year, "it's a different kind of clue," meaning it wouldn't be as overt as Psychic Billie Dean Howard's long soliloquy about paramagnetic grip (how evil can be absorbed by an environment, ie: an Asylum).
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So ETonline scoured the final few episodes for clues, and have come up with some pretty good theories. Although, if I'm being honest, one stands heads and shoulders above the other.
The first possibility »
Jessica Walter has a diverse acting career for more than 50 years, ranging from film to television and every single genre in between. She’s appeared on a multitude of television series from The Alfred Hitchcock Hour to Columbo. In the 90′s, she could be heard on the prehistoric sitcom, Dinosaurs, as the pained upon wife, Fran Sinclair. As of late, she can be seen (and heard) everywhere on the TV Land sitcom, Retired at 35, and as the voice of Malory Archer, on the hit FX series, Archer. She’s also returning to her massively loved role as cold-hearted, and perky Lucille Bluth on the new season of Arrested Development on Netflix in May. She’s also got a long film career as well with roles ranging from Play Misty for Me, to roles in my favorite films growing up, Tapeheads and Pcu. She’s just as whip-funny and warm as she comes off, »
- Nathan Smith
11 items from 2013
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