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Now that Fourth of July is well behind us, it's time to follow up our list of nine essential spring movies with a definitive list nine essential summer scenes. These movies pinpoint the glorious ennui, whimsical romance, and slight intrigue of summer's humid charms. Light up a sparkler and let's go.
1. Addams Family Values's pilgrim pageant
There are actual layers of hilarity to this scene: First, dour Wednesday Addams (Christina Ricci) is stuck at Camp Chippewa for the summer. Funny. Then, she's forced to play Pocahontas in the summer camp's Thanksgiving pageant. Think about all of that for a moment. Funnier. But best of all, Wednesday ditches her script, exacts revenge on the awful blonde in the main role, and burns down the camp on behalf of Native Americans.
We open this week with a lovely tracking shot up the length of Dev's naked body, glowing in the early morning light as he sleeps off the rest of last night's drunk.
He opens his eyes and, after a moment's confusion at his surroundings, clearly thinks to himself, “What the hell did I get myself into last night?” He rolls over and spots just what the hell he got himself into last night. Mornin' Ivy!
Cut to Karen backstage walking with Jessica, who is incredulous upon learning that Derek had sex with Rebecca. Cut to Derek, who waves good morning. Back to the ladies, where Karen frets about her fight with Dev. She's been texting and texting and he hasn't responded. Oh Karen, what's the worst that could have happened?
Jessica asks to borrow Karen's phone to call Ivy, who isn't yet at rehearsal. She dials and one of two »
DVD Release Date: Feb. 28, 2012
Price: DVD $19.95
Studio: Cinema Libre
Both survivors of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution, Kovács and Zsigmond immigrated in poverty to America in the late 1950s, helping each other up the ladder out of the underbelly of Hollywood all the while holding onto their dreams. After ten years of no-budget toil, Kovács’s camera broke Hollywood’s rules with Easy Rider, directed by Dennis Hopper. Suddenly in demand, he recommended Vilmos to both Peter Fonda and Robert Altman, where Zsigmond poured his “poetic realism” into Fonda’s 1971 The Hired Hand and Altman’s 1971 McCabe & Mrs. Miller. The two cinematographers quickly became the go-to camera guys of the New Hollywood, ultimately yielding some 140 credits between them, »
For a night known as Hollywood's most notorious open-bar gala, the Golden Globes ceremony remains shrouded in mystery. Most viewers probably don't even know who presents it (the Hollywood Foreign Press Association), how many voting members it has (only about 90), or what qualifies them to pass judgment on movies and television (they're Hollywood-based journalists -- some part-time, some full-time -- who write about film and TV for various overseas outlets).
Yet movie fans and awards mavens continue to take the Globes seriously as a precursor to the Academy Awards, since some of the Globe honorees will indeed go on to win Oscars. Others simply enjoy the Globes ceremony as one helluva wingding, where alcohol-fueled stars really loosen up in public. Either way, the Globes have a colorful history of glamour, scandal, and (occasionally) recognition of some of Hollywood's best work. With that legacy poised to continue when a cheeky Ricky Gervais »
- Gary Susman
4 items from 2012
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