The Big Doll House (1971)

The Big Doll House (1971) Directed by Jack Hill. Pam Grier as Grear and Judy Brown as Collier Collier: Um… don’t you want the lower? Grear: I like being on top.

Harry and Tonto (1974)

Harry and Tonto (1974) Directed by Paul Mazursky. Screenplay by Paul Mazursky and Josh Greenfeld. Art Carney as Harry Coombes and Herbert Berghof as Jacob Rivetowski Harry: Did you see that? Jacob: No. Harry: Fella almost ran me over. Jacob: What kind of car? Harry: I don’t know. A big grey job. Jacob: Capitalist bastard! (read…)

The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947)

The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947) Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz. Gene Tierney as Mrs. Lucy Muir and Rex Harrison as Captain Daniel Gregg Capt. Gregg: That’s a pretty rig you have on. Mrs. Muir: Oh, thank you. Capt. Gregg: Much better than smothering yourself in all that black crepe. Mrs. Muir: I happen to (read…)

Out of Sight (1998)

Out of Sight (1998) Directed by Steven Soderbergh George Clooney as Jack Foley, Jennifer Lopez as Karen Sisco, Ving Rhames as Buddy Bragg and Steve Zahn as Glenn Michaels. Jack: Take your sunglasses off. Glenn: I see better with ’em on, man… Jack: You don’t take ’em off, I’m gonna throw ’em off the overpass (read…)

Touch of Evilcooler

Almost went to bed before putting up the Watercooler! This week’s Watercooler Musical Interlude is Henry Mancini’s sort of melancholy “Tana’s Theme” from Orson Welles’ Touch of Evil. And you now the drill. If you’ve seen anything worth talking about since last week, lay it on me.

2013 SAG Awards: Argo

So, Argo looked to be DOA when Ben Affleck failed to get a directing Oscar nomination, but after a streak of wins including The Golden Globes, The Producer’s Guild of America and now The Screen Actors Guild, it’s chances are looking bright indeed. I thought Silver Linings Playbook might turn out to be the film (read…)

The Great Gatsby (1974)

The Great Gatsby (1974) Directed by Jack Clayton from a screenplay by Francis Ford Coppola based on the novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Bruce Dern as Tom Buchanan and Lois Chiles as Jordan Baker Tom: I made a small investigation of this fellow, you know. Jordan: And found he’s an Oxford man. Tom: Oxford like (read…)

2013 PGA Awards: Argo

Here are the Producers Guild of America Awards as reported by @StevePond who was at the ceremony tonight in Beverly Hills. That’s right bitches, I was 3 for 3 in PGA movie predictions. Yeah I know that means nothing, but I’m so often wrong I need to point out when I’m not. Movies: Theatrical Motion (read…)

Miller’s Crossing (1990)

Miller’s Crossing (1990) Directed by Joel Coen from a screenplay by Ethan Coen and Joel Coen. Marcia Gay Harden as Verna and Gabriel Byrne as Tom Reagan Tom: Nothing more foolish than a man chasin’ his hat.

Predicting PGA and SAG

Here are my prediction for the upcoming Producers Guild of America and Screen Actors Guild awards which will be playing out this weekend – PGA Saturday, SAG Sunday. PGA Best Picture: Argo PGA Animated: Wreck-it Ralph PGA Documentary: Searching for Sugar Man SAG Ensemble: Silver Linings Playbook SAG Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln SAG Actress: Jennifer (read…)

Defending Your Life (1991)

Defending Your Life (1991) Written and directed by Albert Brooks. Meryl Streep as Julia and Albert Brooks as Danny Miller Danny: You know what? You never told me how you died. How did you die? Julia: I don’t want to talk about it. Danny: Why? Julia: It’s embarrassing. Danny: Embarrassing? What could be embarrassing? I (read…)

Joel & Ethan Coen’s “Inside Llewyn Davis”

I’m told this is the trailer to the new movie from Joel & Ethan Coen. I can’t tell for sure because this is the point where I start shutting out all information relating to the movie until I see it. Enjoy!

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992)

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992) Directed by David Lynch. Victor Rivers as Buck, Sheryl Lee as Laura Palmer and Chris Pedersen as Tommy Laura: (fingering the money Buck has placed on the table) So, you want to fuck the homecoming queen. Buck: Let’s go around the world, babe. Laura: This isn’t gonna get (read…)

The Woman in the Window (1944)

The Woman in the Window (1944) Directed by Fritz Lang. Raymond Massey as District Attorney Frank Lalor and Edward G. Robinson as Professor Richard Wanley. Richard: Well, what do you think? Frank: The woman? Richard: You think she’s the one? Frank: No. She’s got something on her conscience, but what woman hasn’t? Richard: (nervous laugh)

Frankie and Johnny (1991)

Frankie and Johnny (1991) Directed by Garry Marshall Hector Elizondo as Nick and Michelle Pfeiffer as Frankie Frankie: This chopstick has tape on it. You can’t be that cheap. Nick: The other one is good. Frankie: One chopstick? What, you want me to sharpen a point on it, have him stab the food? Nick: Good (read…)

Blame it on Rio (1984)

Blame it on Rio (1984) Directed by Stanley Donen. Michael Caine as Matthew Hollis Matthew: I’ve always had a problem handling nudity. I like it mind you, but it is troubling. Anybody’s. Even my own. Sometimes when I’m getting undressed, I almost wish I could leave the room. Do you know what I mean?

WatercooLolita

Ya, ya. Ya-a, ya-a, ya, ya… There’s sharp Old World vs. New World edge to Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita and Stanley Kubrick’s somewhat compromised adaptation. Nelson Riddle’s inane but catchy “Lolita Ya-Ya” heard throughout the film sort of captures a certain American middle class bubblegum vacuousness at odds with Humbert Humbert’s more cultured and class-centric consciousness. (read…)

The Delinquents (1957)

The Delinquents (1957) Written and directed by Robert Altman Richard Bakalyan as Eddy and Peter Miller as Cholly Cholly: Anybody get hurt? Eddy: Yeah, I bruised my drinkin’ hand.

Cloud Atlas (2012)

Cloud Atlas (2012) Written and directed by Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski. Jim Broadbent as Timothy Cavendish and Tom Hanks as Dermot Hoggins. Cavendish: What is a critic but one who reads quickly, arrogantly, but never wisely?

El Dorado (1966)

El Dorado (1966) Directed by Howard Hawks John Wayne as Cole Thornton and Robert Mitchum as Sheriff J.P. Harrah J.P.: Cole. That’s about close enough to that gun. Cole: I just wanted to see if you’d slowed down any. J.P.: Not that much.

Outland (1981)

Outland (1981) Written and directed by Peter Hyams. Sean Connery as Marshal William T. O’Niel and Frances Sternhagen as Dr. Lazarus O’Niel: Are you Doctor Lazarus? Lazarus: Yes. Take two aspirin and call me in the morning. That’s a doctor joke. Are you the new marshal? O’Niel: Yes. I’d like to talk to you for (read…)

Beetlejuice (1988)

Beetlejuice (1988) Directed by Tim Burton Winona Ryder as Lydia Deetz and Jeffrey Jones as Charles Deetz (not pictured) Charles: As soon as we get settled, we’ll build you a darkroom in the basement, ‘kay? Lydia: My whole life is a dark room. One. Big. Dark. Room.

Force 10 from Navarone (1978)

Force 10 from Navarone (1978) Directed by Guy Hamilton. Angus Macinnes as Reynolds and Carl Weathers as Weaver. Reynolds: Where’d you learn how to handle a knife like that? Weaver: Harvard University, man.

Jeff, Who Lives at Home (2012)

Jeff, Who Lives at Home (2012) Written and directed by Jay Duplass and Mark Duplass Ed Helms as Pat and Judy Greer as Linda. Pat: You don’t have to start with “no.” Don’t start with “no.” You’re just, like, in this mindset. You’re not even… Linda: It’s not a mindset. We don’t have the money. (read…)

2013 Golden Globes: Argo, Les Miserables

Movies: Drama: Argo Actor, Drama: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln Actress, Drama: Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty Musical/Comedy: Les Miserables Actor, Musical/Comedy: Hugh Jackman, Les Miserables Actress, Musical/Comedy: Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables Director: Ben Affleck, Argo Foreign Language Film: Amour Animated Film: Brave Screenplay: (read…)

Summer Watercooler Hours

I know we’re in the depths of winter, but this week’s Watercooler Musical Interlude was used by Olivier Assayas in Summer Hours, one of my favorites films of the last several years. The tune is “Loser” by Les Plasticines and the girls danced to it at the party Sylvie (Alice de Lencquesaing) threw at her (read…)

From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)

From Dusk Till Dawn (1996) Directed by Robert Rodriguez from a screenplay by Quentin Tarantino. George Clooney as Seth Gecko and Quentin Tarantino as Richard Gecko. Seth: Richard, what’s wrong with you? Richard: Before you flip out, ok, let me just explain what happened, alright? Seth: Yeah, yeah, explain to me. I need an explanation. (read…)

Oscar Podcast Sweet 16: Oscar Nom Aftermath and Globe Predictions

Oscar Podcast turns 16 this week. Once again I join Awards Daily’s Sasha Stone and Ryan Adams to shoot the awards shiz. Erik Anderson of the Awards Daily Forums makes it a round number. This episode is kind of a pre-Golden Globe quickie. First we do a little postmortem on last week’s Oscar nominations and (read…)

Lincoln (2012)

Lincoln (2012) Directed by Steven Spielberg. Screenplay by Tony Kushner. Daniel Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln Lincoln: I decided that the Constitution gives me war powers, but no one knows just exactly what those powers are. Some say they don’t exist. I don’t know. I decided I needed them to exist to uphold my oath to (read…)

ACE Eddie Nominations

Press release: AMERICAN CINEMA EDITORS (ACE) ANNOUNCES NOMINEES FOR THE  63RD ANNUAL ACE EDDIE AWARDS RECOGNIZING THE BEST EDITING OF THE YEAR IN FILM, TELEVISION AND DOCUMENTARIES Universal City, CA, Jan. 11 –American Cinema Editors (ACE) today announced nominations for the 63rd Annual ACE Eddie Awards recognizing outstanding editing in nine categories of film, television (read…)





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