11 items from 2016
The recent box office success of The Boss firmly establishes Melissa McCarthy as the current queen of movie comedies (Amy Schumer could be a new contender after an impressive debut last Summer with Trainwreck), but let us think back about those other funny ladies of filmdom. So while we’re enjoying the female reboot/re-imagining of Ghostbusters and those Bad Moms, here’s a top ten list that will hopefully inspire lots of laughter and cause you to search out some classic comedies. It’s tough to narrow them down to ten, but we’ll do our best, beginning with… 10. Eve Arden The droll Ms. Arden represents the comic sidekicks who will attempt to puncture the pomposity of the leading ladies with a well-placed wisecrack (see also the great Thelma Ritter in Rear Window). Her career began in the early 1930’s with great bit roles in Stage Door and Dancing Lady. »
- Jim Batts
When it comes to our justice system, nothing is ever black and white. Just ask Hayes Morrison (Hayley Atwell). Hayes, a lawyer and former first daughter, is a hero – a controversial one. She finds herself in a tricky position, facing jail time for drug possession or accepting a job from her nemesis, New York District Attorney Conner Wallace (Eddie Cahill). In an effort to avoid damaging her mother’s Senate campaign, for better or worse, she accepts his offer. “Conviction,” a compelling, fast-paced legal procedural, debuts Monday, October 3 (10:00-11:00 p.m. Edt), on the ABC Television Network.
Hayes is battling her own demons as she struggles to find her place in the world. Now commanding Wallace’s team at the new »
- Amie Cranswick
The Academy celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Academy Film Archive with the screening series “Archival Revival – 25 years of the Academy Film Archive,” curated from the extensive, diverse collection of motion pictures that the archive has restored and preserved. The series, which runs fromJuly 18 through September 12, will showcase a broad range of titles – musicals, documentaries, silent films, Pre-Code comedies, experimental films and horror classics.
In 1991 the Academy’s Board of Governors made a commitment to create a world-class archive for the preservation, restoration, documentation and study of motion pictures. The Academy Film Archive currently holds more than 190,000 elements, including trailers, feature films, and the film collections of such artists as Alfred Hitchcock, Penelope Spheeris, James Wong Howe, Albert Maysles and Su Friedrich. It also holds the collections of such institutions and programs as the Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival and the Student Academy Awards.
- Michelle McCue
A starry list of stage and screen vets, several with marquee-quality drawing power from roles on popular TV shows, have joined the cast of The Front Page, the Scott Rudin-mounted revival with already-announced headliners Nathan Lane, John Slattery, Jefferson Mays and Sherie Rene Scott. Fresh to the bill are Holland Taylor (Two and a Half Men) and Robert Morse (Mad Men), along with Dylan Baker (The Good Wife, The Americans) and Patricia Conolly, Halley Feiffer, Dann… »
Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture: Kill Count of the Day: Watch Harrison Ford watch a highlight reel tallying all of Han Solo's kills through four Star Wars movies: Alternate Poster of the Day: If you love Daisy Ridley's Rey, then you'll want to pick up this Drew Struzan-like Star Wars: The Force Awakens print by artist John Keaveney (via /Film): Vintage Image of the Day: Today is the 85th anniversar of the release of the first film adaptation of The Front Page, which is heading back to Broadway this fall: Reimagined Movie of the Day: Mashable cut a trailer of The Hangover that makes it look like an old Hitchcock-style mystery thriller: Cosplay of the...
- Christopher Campbell
Nathan Lane will play tabloid editor Walter Burns, with John Slattery as his star reporter Hildy Johnson in a Broadway revival of the classic newspaper comedy The Front Page, slated for the fall. Scott Rudin will produce the 1928 play by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur, which was inspired by their years as Chicago journalists. It takes place entirely in the press room of Chicago's Criminal Courts Building, where hacks from various city papers play poker and swap wisecracks while waiting to cover a big case that takes an unexpected turn. Directing the revival is Jack O'Brien, giving him two
- David Rooney
The front pages of European newspapers have begun to emerge on Twitter following the series of deadly terrorist attacks in Brussels, Belgium, Tuesday morning. Featuring images of the damage caused by the explosions and survivors paying their respects to the victims, the papers solemnly mark the date and acknowledge the lasting effects the attacks will have on the country. “Our Darkest Day,” reads the front page of Belgian’s Het Belang van Linsburg, with the date boldly written over a black background. The front page of the daily paper De Morgen simply features a plume of smoke rising from the Brussels as a few. »
- Reid Nakamura
This week’s Jump Cut is all about determining the best year ever in cinema.
“But how can you figure that out?!” you shout at whatever device you’re reading this on. “Film is too subjective an art form for you to make overarching statements like that!”
That’s a very good point, but you’re overlooking two things: 1) the Oscar best picture nominations, and 2) film ratings on the Internet Movie Database. Both obviously have degrees of subjectivity, but that’s levelled off somewhat with each institution’s sheer number of voters or raters.
So, to work out what year was the best ever for cinema, we’ve taken all the films nominated for each year’s Best Picture Oscar, and then worked out their average IMDb rating. I’ll just point out that these were the ratings as of the week of the 88th Academy Awards on 22nd February »
- Oli Davis
Billy Wilder’s Buddy Buddy (1981) might be one of the most obvious go-to examples in the annals of conventional wisdom when it comes to the cinephile’s parlor game of pointing out a great director’s greatest foible. Upon release the movie was summarily dismissed by critics and ignored by audiences—it managed a paltry $7 million domestically, three million less than its production budget.
Roger Ebert, in his review, called Buddy Buddy “a comedy without laughs,” one apparently so vile that it could inspire not only audience indifference but also one of the revered reviewer’s laziest pieces of criticism. Ebert’s short piece quickly degenerates into name-calling-- “This movie is appalling” is the first sentence of the review, and the movie’s name goes unmentioned until the second paragraph—sans much in the way of actual insight. And unfortunately the critic’s disdain ends up functioning as a substitute »
- Dennis Cozzalio
The best picture doesn’t always win Best Picture. Sometimes the best film of the year gets robbed. Cinelinx looks at the movies which should have won Best Picture but didn’t.
Whenever the Best Picture winner is announced at the Oscars, sometimes we say, “Yeah, that deserved to win,” but then again, sometimes we say, “Huh? Are they kidding me?!” There are a lot of backstage politics and extenuating factors in Hollywood that can determine which film wins the big trophy. The worthiest film doesn’t always take the statue home. Going back over the 88-year history of the Academy Awards, we look at which films didn’t really deserve to win and the ones which rightfully should have won.
The Best Pictures and the Better Pictures:
1927-8: The Winner-Wings
What should have won: Sunrise (Sunrise was given a special award for Artistic Quality of Production, but it »
- email@example.com (Rob Young)
So, we’ve arrived at the top 20, slowly creeping toward those films that are exactly what a romantic comedy should be. We’ve seen films that fall into the category, but lean more toward other genres. We’ve seen romantic films that are funny enough to be comedies, but don’t entirely represent the spirit of the rom-com, despite being brilliant films. Now, we form a clearer picture of what a romantic comedy is. Not all of the films in this section are necessarily “good,” but they’re all iconic, definitive romantic comedies (hence their inclusion). Memorability does not necessarily come partnered with quality. It means right place, right time.
courtesy of totalfilm.com 20. Sleepless in Seattle (1993)
- Joshua Gaul
11 items from 2016
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