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Fargo Season 2, Episode 7 “Did You Do This? No, You Did It!”
Directed by Keith Gordon
Airs Mondays at 10pm Et on FX
With a story spanning four states and over a dozen essential characters, Fargo‘s second season has felt a lot grander than the first, which drew most of its dramatic stature from the source material it drew from. Tethering itself to the attitudes and culture of the 1970s has turned Fargo into a completely different show in its sophomore effort, one with a distinct style, rhythm, and scope. However, all those ambitions are bound to come at a cost somewhere over the course of ten hours: and “Did You Do This? No, You Did It!” is that episode, a muddled, temporally disorientating hour barely held together by its thematic unity. It’s the first time Fargo‘s exhibited any major »
- Randy Dankievitch
A review of tonight's "Fargo" — which FX just renewed for a third season — coming up just as soon as you see why they called me the Breakfast King of Loyola... "This family? Deserves the ground." -Simone "Did you do this? No, you did it!!" is perhaps the series' most overtly Coen-y episode by far, with nods at various points to "The Big Lebowski" (Hank offers to cut off his toe, Mike Miligan says "Sometimes, there's a man," and we hear a version of "I Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)" twice), "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" ("O Death" plays), "Miller's Crossing" (Bear not only takes Simone out to the barren woods to kill her, but we hear "Danny Boy" as he prepares to do it), and even "Fargo" itself (Hank's wife died in Brainerd). For the most part, I've enjoyed these tips of the trooper's »
- Alan Sepinwall
This week Vic's son, Cameron reviews The Good Dinosaur, Tom reviews The Hunger Games finale, and Vic gets incredibly choked up about all things Star Wars and George Lucas. All that and plenty more movie related banter including Tom’s Trivia Three – Bet you never knew this about The Big Lebowski, Con Air and Real Steel Reviews – The Good Dinosaur, The Hunger Games Mocking Jay Part 2 A critically acclaimed screen actor quotes lines from movies he hasn’t starred in – This week, our acclaimed actor takes on The Hunger Games News – Vic overflows with emotion when it comes to Star Wars and sheds some light on George Lucas! Subscribe on iTunes – Click here (Click view in iTunes and the click Subscribe) If you’re already a subscriber, the latest episode is ready to download. iPhone / iPad Users– Click here to open your iTunes podcast app and click Subscribe! Stitcher Users »
- email@example.com (Vic Barry)
In "10 Movies That Stole Their Sets From Other Films," Screen Rant breaks down the iconic locations that have been repurposed forever and ever. Did you know The Big Lebowski, There Will Be Blood, and The Muppets all shared a set? What? No, you didn't. Don't lie. While it's fascinating to see the same locations pop up over and over again as if in some kind of Charlie Kaufman Synecdoche, New York–stye multiverse, the main takeaway is if you owned a fire station-mansion-café with catwalks and desert rocks, you would be rolling in movie dough! »
- Halle Kiefer
Carter Burwell, a veteran film composer best known for his work alongside the Coen Brothers ("Fargo," "Raising Arizona," "Miller's Crossing," "Barton Fink," "The Big Lebowski," "A Serious Man," "True Grit") is often regarded by music and movie critics alike as film's secret weapon. Carefully weaving yearning, melodrama, angst and desire, Burwell's furtive scores add complex layers to a film, and in the case of "Carol," do much to fill in the constrained silences of the 50s lesbian romance. Watch: "Rooney Mara on Loving Cate Blanchett in 'Carol,' Owning Lisbeth Salander, and More (Exclusive Video)" Amassing a staggering 95 film credits, Burwell now adds Todd Haynes' "Carol" to his roster of accomplishments — pairing his enigmatic brand of minimalist oeuvre with today's most celebrated auteurs. On collaborating with Haynes on "Carol," Burwell told EW he »
- Ruben Guevara
We all know '90s nostalgia is hot, hot, hot right now, and you can get in on the trend by giving a nostalgia-themed gift this holiday season. Anyone who watched and loved TV shows like Saved by the Bell back in the day or still quotes '90s-era movies like The Big Lebowski will find something in here to enjoy, whether it's a cute t-shirt, silly mug, or some other fun accessory. »
- Shannon Vestal Robson
Nordic digital platform Viaplay is plotting its first original series, titled Swedish Dicks.
The series is about two Swedes working as unlicensed private investigators in downtown Los Angeles.
Settman said: “We are thrilled to deliver the first Viaplay original series, starring the largest names from Sweden’s acting and humor elite. Swedish Dicks is nothing you have ever seen before, the perfect mixture of laugh-out-loud moments and dialogues with a more serious undertone.”
The series will start showing throughout the Nordics, exclusively on Viaplay, in 2016.
Viaplay is part of the Modern Times Group.
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (Wendy Mitchell)
Director’s 1977 comedy about neurotic New York couple tops Writers Guild of America’s list of 101 funniest scripts
“There’s an old joke,” begins Woody Allen, talking straight to camera. “Two elderly women are at a Catskill mountain resort, and one of ’em says, ‘Boy, the food at this place is really terrible.’ The other one says, ‘Yeah, I know; and such small portions.’ Well, that’s essentially how I feel about life – full of loneliness, and misery, and suffering, and unhappiness, and it’s all over much too quickly.”
According to the Writers Guild of America, these are the opening lines to the funniest screenplay ever written. In a ballot filled out by thousands of writers, Annie Hall, written by Allen and Marshall Brickman in 1975, was voted the film that made them all laugh the most, beating classics such as Some Like It Hot, Airplane! and The Big Lebowski »
- Hannah Ellis-Petersen
Woody Allen's 1977 film "Annie Hall" has topped a '101 Funniest Screenplays Ever' list which the Writers Guild of America, West and the Writers Guild of America, East released this week.
Also making the top ten were "Some Like It Hot," "Groundhog Day," "Airplane!," "Tootsie," "Young Frankenstein," "Dr. Strangelove," "Blazing Saddles," "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" and "National Lampoon's Animal House".
The full list can be found at the guild's official site. Other notable films to have made the list including "The Big Lebowski," "Ghostbusters," "A Fish Called Wanda," "Caddyshack," "The Princess Bride," "Borat," "The Hangover," "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," "Trading Places," "The Naked Gun," "Midnight Run," "Shaun of the Dead," "Anchorman," "Galaxy Quest," "Best in Show," "Coming to America," "Clueless," "Fargo" and "Beverly Hills Cop".
Source: THR »
- Garth Franklin
What's the funniest movie you've ever seen? According to the Writers Guild of America, it's Woody Allen and Marshall Brickman's "Annie Hall." That's the top of its just-released ranking of the 101 funniest screenplays, and Woody Allen appears several more times on the list: "Sleeper" (60), "Bananas" (69), "Take the Money and Run" (76), "Love and Death" (78), "Manhattan" (81), and "Broadway Danny Rose" (92). Harold Ramis made five appearances on the list, with "Groundhog Day" (3), "National Lampoon's Animal House" (10), "Ghostbusters" (14), "Caddyshack" (25), and "Stripes" (88). And Mel Brooks had "just" three screenplays on the list but they all ranked highly: "Young Frankenstein" (6), "Blazing Saddles" (8), and "The Producers" (12). He's also credited with "The Big Lebowski" (13), but he didn't write that, so I'm sure the WGA will correct its error shortly. (The Coen Brothers, who did write it, also appear at number 23 with "Raising Arizona" and 86 with "Fargo.") The most recent movie to make the list is 2011's "Bridesmaids »
- Sara Morrison
Perhaps the most subjective genre in cinema, the same comedy can cause one viewer to have tears of laughter and another to not crack a smile. So, while knowing there can be no definitive list of the finest in the genre, the Writers Guild of America attempted to narrow down the 101 funniest screenplays. Noting the distinction from the best in the genre, these 101 films should simply produce the most laughs.
Topping the list is Woody Allen‘s Best Picture-winning Annie Hall, a choice difficult to argue with. Rounding out the top five were Some Like it Hot, Groundhog Day, Airplane! and Tootsie, while films from the Coens, Stanley Kubrick, Wes Anderson, and Edgar Wright were also mentioned. There are also some genuine head-scratching inclusions, including The Hangover at 30, and, as much as I enjoy the film, Bridesmaids nearly making the top 15, but overall, if one is looking to brighten their mood, »
- Jordan Raup
“Annie Hall” has been named the funniest screenplay in voting by the members of the Writers Guild of America.
The script by Woody Allen and Marshall Brickman topped “Some Like it Hot,” “Groundhog Day,” “Airplane!” and “Tootsie,” which make up the rest of the top five. “Young Frankenstein,” “Dr. Strangelove,” “Blazing Saddles,” “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” and “National Lampoon’s Animal House” rounded out the top 10.
The awards for the 101 funniest screenplays were announced at the Arclight Cinerama Dome in Hollywood at the conclusion of two hours of panel discussions and clips, hosted by Rob Reiner. He noted that his “This Is Spinal Tap” script had finished at the No. 11 spot — a coincidence that recalled the “go to 11” amplifier joke in the film.
- Dave McNary
Netflix’s “Cult Films” section is peculiar in that it really doesn’t contain too many films you’d instantly think of when thinking about cinema’s true cult classics. There are definitely a few (as you’ll see), but for the most part the category is made up of films that are kind of cult by default: not quite classics, not insanely well-known or popular, but not obscure enough that they’re completely unheard of, either.
There’s no sign of The Big Lebowski, The Wicker Man, Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, Withnail and I, Harold and Maude – but there are films which are completely at odds with the very idea of a cult movie: Halloween 6, A Nightmare on Elm Street 2, The House of Yes.
Of course, the term is diffuse – and people will certainly have their own criteria for defining a truly cult picture – but it »
- Taylor Burns
In the latest clip from Disney-Pixar’s forthcoming animated feature The Good Dinosaur, we see Arlo, a young Apatosaurus, explore the natural world with his father. It's a heartwarming scene, with a great quote at the end, check it out.
The Good Dinosaur asks the question: What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct? Pixar Animation Studios takes you on an epic journey into the world of dinosaurs where an Apatosaurus named Arlo (voice of Raymond Ochoa; “The Night Shift,” “Rizzoli & Isles”) makes an unlikely human friend. While traveling through a harsh and mysterious landscape, Arlo learns the power of confronting his fears and discovers what he is truly capable of.
The film’s voice cast will also include Jeffrey Wright (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay), Steve Zahn (“Treme,” Saving Silverman), Aj Buckley (“Murder in the First,” “Justified”), Anna Paquin (“True Blood, »
- Laura Frances
The 19th annual Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival (Reel Asian) is set to run from November 5 – 15, 2015 in Toronto and Richmond Hill. The festival highlights contemporary Asian cinema as well as work from the Asian Diaspora. Reel Asian also features a series of industry events in areas such as pitching and screenwriting to help guide and inspire creative minds.
After meticulously going over every synopsis, trailer, and bio that this year’s festival has to offer, I’ve put together a list of several can’t miss films at Reel Asian 2015.
During the 1980s, the Korean government instituted a policy which created summer camps aimed at enticing the country’s gyopo (foreign born) teenagers to visit their motherland. The plan seemed to be a win-win; parents could send their kids away on the Korean government’s dime, the kids would gain a first-hand cultural experience, and the country »
- Victor Stiff
A review of tonight's "Fargo" coming up just as soon as you gimme a chocolate glaze... "You still think it's Tuesday. You have no idea what's coming." -Lou Last week on "Fargo," everyone was raising a whole lot of fuss over the whereabouts of a man the audience knew to be dead. With "Fear and Trembling," Rye's fate starts to become clearer to Lou (with some previous help from Betsy), Hanzee, and Mike Milligan, and the big question shifts to something else: Who's already dead and just hasn't realized it yet? The episode opens with a clear example of that, as we flash back to 1950, and a younger Otto using a very young Dodd to get him out of a jam with a business rival, murdering a man who thought he had all the power right up until the moment the little kid stabbed him to death. And it closes »
- Alan Sepinwall
Simon Cowell had the ‘overs’, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini the groups, Nick Grimshaw the boys, and Rita Ora the girls – but which of the 12 finalists impressed the crowd in the first of this year’s live shows?
And that’s that. Goodbye to Alien Uncovered - I didn’t get to know you as well as I’d liked, but I’m sure neither of us will lose that much sleep about it. I’ll be back here on Saturday to do this all over again. Will you join me? I won’t hate you if you won’t promise. Bye.
Either way, Alien Uncovered are Out. This means more people will vote for 4th Impact, right? And they’ll win, right? Good.
- Stuart Heritage
Halloween is here, and if you plan on dressing up, you're going to need a costume! If you don't have the time or the energy to sort through the racks at a costume store or create a look from scratch, we have a few suggestions for pop culture costumes that you can create using clothing items you probably own. From classic film characters like Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany's to more modern ones like The Dude in The Big Lebowski, we've got you covered. If you still want to pull off something a bit more elaborate, we have plenty of other suggestions. »
- Rose Curiel
To celebrate the release of Misery Loves Comedy, available digitally on 19th October 2015 and on DVD from 2nd November 2015, we have three DVD’s to give away courtesy of Spectrum.
Featuring more than 50 comedy legends including Tom Hanks, Amy Schumer, Matthew Perry, Judd Apatow, Jimmy Fallon, Jon Favreau, Lisa Kudrow, Whoopi Goldberg, Steve Coogan, Stephen Merchant, Martin Short and Larry David, these icons candidly explore their motivations and inspirations in this hilariously unique examination of the age old question: do you really have to be miserable to be funny?
Directed by Kevin Pollak, whose acting credits include The Usual Suspects and Casino, the star- studded cast dig into their earliest comic experiences, most epic fails and tell unforgettable anecdotes to reveal a performer’s deep, and perhaps paradoxical, desire to connect with audiences.
This master class in comedy offers a rare opportunity to hear comedy icons dissect the art »
- Laura Holmes
Since any New York City cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.
Museum of the Moving Image
Several more titles play in the Museum’s excellent Maurice Pialat retrospective. Read more about his work here.
Wiseman‘s Model and Central Park show on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.
Anthology Film Archives
- Nick Newman
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