A Room with a View (1985) – Denholm Elliott’s 90th Birthday

A Room with a View (1985) Directed by James Ivory Helena Bonham-Carter as Lucy Honeychurch, Denholm Elliott as Mr. Emerson and Patrick Godfrey as The Reverend Mr. Eager (not pictured) The Reverend Mr. Eager: Remember the facts about this church of Santa Croce, how it was built by faith in the full fervor of medievalism… (read…)

Les Miserables


Duck Soup (1933)

Duck Soup (1933) Directed by Leo McCarey Margaret Dumont as Mrs. Teasdale and Groucho Marx as Rufus T. Firefly Mrs. Teasdale: Your Excellency, the eyes of the world are upon you. Notables from every country are gathered here in your honor. This is a gala day for you. Rufus T. Firefly: Well, a gal a (read…)

60 second promo: Aaron Sorkin’s “The Newsroom”

I didn’t see anything here I don’t think I’ve already seen, but this just landed in my inbox so I’m running it. It debuts on HBO on June 24th. It’s hard to believe HBO could possible have yet another terrific show, but since Luck died a quick death there’s certainly room in my entertainment schedule. (read…)

Bruce Willis and Rebecca Hall in Stephen Frears’ “Lay the Favorite”

Even if it wasn’t perfect top to bottom, I liked Stephen Frears’ last flick Tamara Drewe better than, well just about everyone so I’m looking forward to Lay the Favorite. The trailer seems breezy and funny if a bit inconsequential. It’s nice to see Hall sexed up a little especially after her frumpy (but terrific) (read…)

The Big Knife (1955)

The Big Knife (1955) Directed by Robert Aldrich Ida Lupino as Marion Castle and Jack Palance as Charles Castle. Charles: I’m in the movie business, darling. I can’t afford your acute attacks of integrity.

Guadalcanal Diary (1943) – Memorial Day

Guadalcanal Diary (1943) Directed by Lewis Seiler Lloyd Nolan as Sgt. Hook Malone and Richard Jaeckel as Pvt. Johnny “Chicken” Anderson. Anderson: How do you feel about killin’… people? Malone: Well, it’s kill or be killed, ain’t it? Besides, those ain’t people. Anderson: Yeah, I know, but the first time you got one of ’em… (read…)

Harold and Maude and Cat and Hal and The Watercooler

For this week’s Watercooler Musical Interlude, I’m drawing from a movie and musician that are more closely associated than any other combination I can think of: Harold and Maude. Stevens wrote Don’t Be Shy (above) and If You Want to Sing Out, Sing Out especially for the film, but Hal Ashby also used I Wish (read…)

The Wicker Man (1973) – Happy 90th Birthday, Christopher Lee

The Wicker Man (1973) Directed by Robin Hardy. Christopher Lee as Lord Summerisle and Edward Woodward as Sergeant Howie. Summerisle: We don’t commit murder here. We’re a deeply religious people. Howie: Religious? With ruined churches… no ministers, no priests… and children dancing naked? Summerisle: They do love their divinity lessons. Howie: But they are… are (read…)

It’s Murder She Says… (1945)

It’s Murder She Says… (1945) Directed by Charles M. Jones (uncredited) Narrated by Robert C. Bruce (uncredited) Narrator: This is the story of an outcast, now a hunted wanderer over the face of the globe. She lived life to the full and in her wake she left a trail of broken men. Now a fugitive, (read…)

Dial M for Murder (1954)

Dial M for Murder (1954) Directed by Alfred Hitchcock Robert Cummings as Mark Halliday, Ray Milland as Tony Wendice and Grace Kelly as Margot Wendice. Margot: Do you really believe in the perfect murder? Mark: Mmm. Yes, absolutely. On paper, that is… and I think I could plan one better than most people, but I (read…)

Andie MacDowell and daughter Rainey Qualley on their roles in “Mighty Fine”

Rainey Qualley and Andie MacDowell in Mighty Fine After interviewing the Oscar-nominated actor Chazz Palminteri for his new film Mighty Fine, I had the pleasure of interviewing two of his co-stars, Andie MacDowell and Rainey Qualley. MacDowell has enjoyed a nearly thirty-year career in films as varied and iconic as Four Weddings and Funeral, Groundhog (read…)

Anatomy of a Murder (1959)

Anatomy of a Murder (1959) Directed by Otto Preminger Arthur O’Connell as Parnell Emmett McCarthy and James Stewart as Paul Biegler. Parnell: You fought this soldier all by yourself. You been drinkin’ alone, Paulie. I don’t like that. Paul: Drop the stone, counselor. You live in a glass house. Parnell: My windows have been busted (read…)

Chazz Palminteri talks about his new film “Mighty Fine”

Chazz Palminteri and Richard Kohnke in Debbie Goodstein’s Mighty Fine Writer, producer, director, and Oscar-nominated actor Chazz Palminteri has a body of film, stage, and television work that includes writing and starring in A Bronx Tale and acclaimed work in dozens of films including The Usual Suspects and A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints.  His (read…)

Murder by Death (1975)

Murder by Death (1976) Written by Neil Simon. Directed by Robert Moore. David Niven as Dick Charleston, Peter Sellers as Sidney Wang, Elsa Lanchester as Jessica Marbles, James Coco as Milo Perrier, Peter Falk as Sam Diamond, Maggie Smith as Dora Charleston and Truman Capote as Lionel Twain (not pictured) Lionel Twain: (falls forward into (read…)

Leonardo DiCaprio in Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby”

I guess if I’d seriously sat down to imagine what a Baz Luhrmann Gatsby would look like, it would look a lot like this. I just haven’t decided if that’s a good thing or bad. via: Apple

Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993)

Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993) Written and directed by Woody Allen Diane Keaton as Carol Lipton and Woody Allen as Larry Lipton Carol: I mean, I don’t understand why you’re not more fascinated with this. I mean, we could be living next door to a murderer, Larry. Larry: Well, New York is a melting pot. You (read…)

James Bond in “Skyfall”

First Look: Paul Thomas Anderson’s “The Master”

From the official website.

Witness to Murder (1954)

Witness to Murder (1954) Directed by Roy Rowland. Harry Tyler as Charlie, Jesse White as Sgt. Eddie Vincent, Gary Merrill as Lt. Lawrence Mathews and George Sanders as Albert Richter Richter: Well, I suppose I’m unnerved. I’m not used to being accused of murder. Sgt. Vincent (after searching the bedroom): No corpses! Richter: It’d be (read…)

Two Mules for Sister Watercooler

Well, I couldn’t do a Two Mules for Sister Sara Movie Quote of the Day without following up with an Ennio Morricone Musical Interlude to kick off this evening’s Watercooler, now could I? Of course not. I was going to list some of my other Morricone favorites, but there are too many and it would (read…)

Two Mules for Sister Sara (1970)

Two Mules for Sister Sara (1970) Directed by Don Siegel Shirley MacLaine as Sara and Clint Eastwood as Hogan Sara: Do you have a shovel? Hogan: Yeah. It’s on my pack horse over the hill. Sara: Then would you get it and cover them please? For the sake of my soul if not your own. (read…)

Long-Haired Hare (1948)

Long-Haired Hare (1948) Story by Michael Maltese. Directed by Charles M. Jones. Bugs Bunny voiced by Mel Blanc. Bugs Bunny (girlishly): Oh, Mr. Jones! Mr. Jones! Wait! Oh, please wait! Oh, Mr. Jones! Franky and Perry just aren’t in it. You’re my swooner dreamboat loverboy (giggle). May I have your autograph?

Bill Murray is FDR in “Hyde Park on Hudson”

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Pixar’s “Brave” to World Premiere at LA Film Fest June 18th

Film Independent gets a little high profile Pixar magic for its annual film festival and Hollywood’s newly rechristened 3,400 seat Dolby Theatre (formerly the Kodak, home of the Oscars) asserts itself going forward as the place to hold your big Hollywood movie premieres. Brave joins Woody Allen’s To Rome With Love, Steve Carell and Keira (read…)

Out of the Past (1947)

Out of the Past (1947) Directed by Jacques Tourneur. Jane Greer as Kathie and Robert Mitchum as Jeff. Jeff: That isn’t the way to play it. Kathie: Why not? Jeff: Because it isn’t the way to win. Kathie: Is there a way to win? Jeff: Well, there’s a way to lose more slowly. (she loses) (read…)

Director Tanya Wexler on her career and her latest film, the Victorian vibrator comedy “Hysteria” starring Maggie Gyllenhaal

Tanya Wexler on the set of Hysteria After premiering at last fall’s Toronto Film Festival, Hysteria was picked up for distribution by Sony Pictures Classics, and received a great deal of buzz as the so-called “vibrator movie.” Hysteria chronicles the period of Victorian England when Mortimer Granville (Hugh Dancy) accidentally invents the vibrator and suggests (read…)

Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

Kara Hayward and Jared Gilman explore Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom Set in 1965 on fictional New Penzance Island off the New England coast, Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom offers up a funny and charming, child’s-eye view of the world as seen by a couple of 12-year-old runaways. Island resident Suzy Bishop is the sullen oldest child (read…)

Maiwenn on her Cesar-winning drama “Polisse”

Director Maiwenn on the set of her film Polisse (Photo credit by David Verlant) Copyright Les Productions du Trésor. A Sundance Selects Release Since winning the Jury Prize at last year’s Cannes Film Festival, Polisse has won two Cesar awards (the French equivalent of the Oscars), screened at numerous festivals worldwide, played to great success (read…)

Gaslight (1944)

Gaslight (1944) Directed by George Cukor. Dame May Whitty as Miss Thwaites and Ingrid Bergman as Paula Alquist Anton. Miss Thwaites (reading): Oh. Oh! Oh!! Oh my goodness! Oh good gracious! Oh, it’s so exciting. Paula: Your book? Miss Thwaites: Yes. It’s all about a girl who marries a man and, what do you think? (read…)

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