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Only the vivacious die young, notes one character in Alain Resnais’ “Life of Riley,” while “the tiresome, humdrum ones live forever.” But if that’s true, then surely Resnais himself is the exception that proves the rule. Turning for the third time to the work of British playwright Alan Ayckbourn (“Private Fears in Public Places”), whose highly theatrical comedies of manners have made good matches for Resnais’ consuming interest in form as a vessel for character and emotion, “Life” doesn’t find the 91-year-old helmer doing anything he hasn’t done before, but it does find him doing it in ebullient, beautifully stylized fashion, aided by an able-bodied ensemble drawn from his regular corps of traveling players. The result won’t do much to win Resnais new fans, but should easily seduce fests and distribs who have long supported the maverick director’s work.
If Resnais had gone into the »
- Scott Foundas
Though HBO will be losing both True Blood and Boardwalk Empire after the shows air their final seasons this year, the network is clearing a couple of other programs off its schedule. HBO has decided not to renew the comedies Hello Ladies and Family Tree for second seasons, per THR. The network will be giving Hello Ladies a wrap-up comedy special from star Stephen Merchant, but it appears that we’ve reached the end of the road for Christopher Guest’s Family Tree, which was an endearing if ultimately minor show from the brilliant mind behind Best in Show and Waiting for Guffman. THR also adds that talks are underway for a second season of the dark comedy Getting On, starring Alex Borstein. Hit the jump for more on HBO's current slate. In addition to announcing 2014 end-dates for True Blood and Boardwalk Empire, HBO recently ordered a third and final »
- Adam Chitwood
After the end-of-year crush of Oscar-baiting dramas and holiday films, January is often a notoriously bad time for movies. Cheap thrillers and horror movies tend to come out in January, rarely getting any notable critical acclaim. But as the films below prove, this is not always the case. January can provide us with a few notable classics, from obscure foreign classics to great cult action films. Waiting for Guffman – January 31, 1997 The first and funniest of Christopher Guest's mockumentary comedies, Waiting for Guffman hilariously captures the struggle, the love, the ego, and the occasional lack of talent that can go into tiny local theater productions. Largely improvised and featuring a stellar comic cast, Waiting for Guffman is a legitimate comedy classic....
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3 items from 2014
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