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  1. J. Hoberman in the latest Sight and Sound has an article on the allied, but not identical them of the "film Maudit": A film maudit – literally a ‘cursed film’ – is one that is widely panned even as it is staunchly defended by a devoted minority. We trace the history of the term and the critical battles fought over such movies. 30 March 2021 By J. Hoberman Sarah Michelle Gellar as Krysta Kapowski aka Krysta Now in Southland Tales (2005) Premiered at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival, Richard Kelly’s bravely
  2. This is a comparatively recent video of Electric Light Orchestra's 1979 hit "Don't Bring me Down." As you can see, it includes clips from several movies, which the editor/author of the video hasn't bothered to list on youtube comments. One commenter says there are clips from Bye Bye Birdie, Sweet Charity and Hello Dolly. Not having seen those three movies I wouldn't know. I don't know where some of the other clips are (the dancing sailor girls are not from a movie, but are a comparatively recent group), but would like to know.
  3. Yes, North by Northwest is consistently witty. But then there's this from Vertigo: "If I let you change me, will that do it? If I do what you tell me, will you love me?"
  4. I saw three movies last week. The first two were actress oscarbait. Being Julia was the better of the two. Although stories of diva actresses are nothing new and this movie does not have much to say, Annette Bening does have a nice juicy role, Jeremy Irons has a good time playing her loyal if not unadulterous husband, while Michael Gambon shows he was the indispensable supporting actor of 2004. Agnes of God is a contrived melodrama, the least of which contrivances is that although it takes place in a Quebec nunnery, none of the three main actresses has a French accent. You can tell Anne B
  5. If they're going to have a Richard Burton day, they should show 1984. Of course, if they have a John Hurt day, they should also show 1984, as well as Dogville, The shout, The Elephant Man, Watership Down, the Bashki, The Lord of the Rings.
  6. Also from 1986: "As long as you're still smiling, there's nothing more I need." (Also Bowie's last top 5 hit in Britain. It made #2.)
  7. Personally I wish conservatives never won another election in Mississippi and South Carolina, but you can't have everything. Also personally, Around the World in Eighty Days is one of my favorite Best Picture winners. It has a nice dry wit.
  8. The Usual Suspects April 1 is also Toshiro Mifune's birthday.
  9. Continuing on: 1970 Jane Alexander, The Great White Hope 1971 Julie Christie, McCabe and Mrs. Miller Glenda Jackson, Sunday Bloody Sunday Janet Suzman, Nicholas and Alexandra 1972 Peter O'Toole, The Ruling Class Paul Winfield, Sounder 1973 Marlon Brando, Last Tango in Paris Robert Redford, The Sting 1974 Albert Finney, Murder on the Orient Express
  10. Somebody should do this for the other studios.
  11. I haven't seen The Mambo Kings, but this is clearly the best of the four nominees I have seen, and from the best of the post-1966 Disney animated films:
  12. Wasn't TCM going to show The Cotton Club at some point, but then cancelled? It would be a good idea to try again, as well as include One From the Heart. I'm not really interested in Pirate movies, and Pirates got terrible reviews and lost oodles of money. But I am genuinely curious what Roman Polanski would make of the genre.
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