8 items from 2016
Sundance Film Festival director John Cooper and head programmer Trevor Groth had to make hundreds of decisions to sort through the 4,068 feature-length films and 8,985 shorts that were submitted for the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, and they were in the thick of their final decisions as the election’s final phase unfolded. It turned out that there’s nothing like the election of Donald Trump to throw the 38-year-old festival’s purpose into sharp relief.
“We were were affected,” admitted Cooper. “It made us take stock in what we do and the nature of independent film in general, the growing necessity and power of it in some ways. It’s two worlds: we’re in the one where amazing human stories from all over the world tell the whole story of who we are, how important that is. We were seeing how the films we choose add real dimension to the issues »
- Anne Thompson
– By We Are Movie Geeks Staff –
Our long election season is finally coming to an end, and all that remains is to vote. And watch an election-themed movie!
Going through the list of movies about elections, the Movie Geeks found a lot more negative than positive ones, and more movies about manipulative people behind the candidate than inspiring candidates. While there is a lot of biting social commentary and satire, there are a few light and silly election movies too. So top cap off election season, here are a dozen election and political movies.
Don’t forget to vote!
Jay Roach, director of the true story political HBO films “Recount” and “Game Change”, goes for the big laughs in this farce about a lazy, scandal-ridden incumbent congressman Cam Brady (Will Ferrell) who faces off against a bumbling, naive altruistic Marty Huggins (Zach Galifianakis). This comic gem captures all the election craziness, »
- Cate Marquis
This week, Neil Calloway looks at films that deal with political campaigns…
Unless you’ve been living away from society, disconnected from any news source for the past eighteen months, you’ll be aware that there is a Us Presidential Election this week. It’s been a hard fought, bitter campaign with serious allegations thrown at each candidate from the other side. Donald Trump can count on the backing of serious political heavyweights such as Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson, 16 And Pregnant star turned porn actress Farrah Abraham, and Million Dollar Man Ted Dibiase. Hillary Clinton has had to make do with the backing of Barack Obama, Colin Powell and virtually every major newspaper in America.
If you’re confused about the process, or just can’t get enough of the debates, dramas and dirt slinging, then here are a few films to watch…
- Neil Calloway
Article by Jim Batts, Dana Jung, and Tom Stockman
Lee Marvin rose through the ranks of movie stardom as a character actor, delivering mostly villainous supporting turns in many films before finally graduating to leading roles. Regardless of which side of the law he was on however, he projected a tough-as-nails intensity and a two-fisted integrity which elevated even the slightest material. Born February 19, 1924, in New York City, Marvin quit high school to enter the Marine Corps and while serving in the South Pacific was badly wounded in battle when a machine gun nest shot off part of his buttocks and severed his sciatic nerve. He spent a year in recovery before returning to the U.S. where he began working as a plumber. The acting bug bit after filling in for an ailing summer-stock actor and he studied the art at the New York-based American Theater Wing. Upon making his debut in summer stock, »
- Movie Geeks
In the midst of March Madness and with the Kentucky Derby around the corner, the first pitch of baseball season is almost here.
A quote from Field Of Dreams best describes America’s national pastime, “The one constant throughout the years has been baseball.”
To mark the start of the 2016 season, here’s our list of the Best Baseball movies.
Considered by some to be the best baseball movie ever, the film celebrates its 40th anniversary this month (April 7, 1976). In an article from the NY Daily News, one line reads, “It is a movie that someone like the late Philip Seymour Hoffman called his favorite, and one which resonates on many levels today, with all different generations.”
Who are we to argue with greatness?
- Movie Geeks
We've heard from several prominent people of color (and Janet Hubert) about the all-white Oscar acting nominees. Now, I guess, we have to hear from the defensive white people who voted for those nominees. The Hollywood Reporter let a few Academy members give their side of the story, unchallenged. Actress Penelope Ann Miller, whose upcoming projects got a plug in the magazine, said she "voted for a number of black performers" and finds it "extremely offensive" to be considered racist because actors of color didn't get enough votes from other people. "I don't want to be lumped into the category of being a racist," she said. That sentiment was echoed by a member of the Academy who asked to remain anonymous (brave!), who said: "I'm very offended by the idea that some people are calling us racists ... Such a sweeping declaration is extremely irresponsible." Yeah, guys, it must suck to »
- Sara Morrison
Sad news for classic TV fans and animation enthusiasts. Pat Harrington Jr. has passed away at the age of 86. The comedian and voice-over actor was best known as the handyman Schneider on the classic 70s sitcom One Day at a Time. He even won an Emmy for his work on the show. He died Wednesday night, it was announced by his daughter. This happened two months after she announced that he was suffering from Alzheimer's disease, and that his health was deteriorating. Phil Brock of the Studio Talent Group had this to say in a statement.
"We have all lost a gracious human being who will always be remembered for his portrayals of the human condition. Pat had the ability to bring laughter and kindness to any role. The twinkle in his Irish eyes let you know that you were in on the joke. His was an extraordinarily impactful long lasting career. »
His daughter, Tresa Harrington, announced the news Thursday on her Facebook page. She did not reveal the cause of death, but wrote in November that her father’s health was rapidly deteriorating after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.
“My heart is broken to pieces and I will cry and cry until I just won’t,” she said in the post.
Harrington won a Golden Globe (in 1981) and an Emmy (in 1984) for playing building superintendent Dwayne Schneider on the groundbreaking CBS sitcom, which aired from 1975 to 1984. The show starred Bonnie Franklin as an single mom struggling to raise two daughters (played by Mackenzie Phillips and Valerie Bertinelli).
“He turned out to be the comic strength of the show,” show co-creator Norman Lear once said. »
- Maane Khatchatourian
8 items from 2016
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