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Re: “Best of Enemies co-director Robert Gordon on how William F. Buckley and Gore Vidal made TV punditry a modern-day Coliseum

Can't wait to see this!

I vaguely remember seeing some of the ABC coverage "as it happened." have read written references to it over the years, and have seen brief excerpts from the broadcasts and, more recently, longer excerpts from the documentary within the last few weeks on respective editions of Charlie Rose and the PBS News Hour.

I wonder if upon viewing the documentary if I will have an answer to my question of the last 47 years: How did Howard K. Smith keep his cool?

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Posted by Stacy Harris on 08/27/2015 at 5:52 PM

Re: “Flawed but furious biopic Straight Outta Compton hits hard in the age of Ferguson

my best friend's mom makes $74 an hour on the computer . She has been without work for five months but last month her payment was $19746 just working on the computer for a few hours. find more information ...

Posted by lexudifo on 08/25/2015 at 10:20 AM

Re: “Flawed but furious biopic Straight Outta Compton hits hard in the age of Ferguson

my classmate's mother-in-law makes $78 /hour on the internet . She has been unemployed for seven months but last month her check was $16983 just working on the internet for a few hours. see here now.....

Posted by lexudifo on 08/25/2015 at 10:20 AM

Re: “Guy Ritchie's avuncular Man From U.N.C.L.E. puts a playful spin on ’50s kicks

No review here of THE GIFT? Or AMERICAN ULTRA? These two movies, now in theaters, have seriously divided critics. Would like to see one of the Scene's reviewers weigh in.

Posted by Mark on 08/24/2015 at 3:22 PM

Re: “Guy Ritchie's avuncular Man From U.N.C.L.E. puts a playful spin on ’50s kicks

Guy Ritchie returns to the attention of moviegoers with a spy film, with actors firsthand and typical atmosphere of the 60s, Man from U.N.C.L.E The story of a famous serial resume spy 60s lead role played by Henry Cavill (Man of Steel), a very good action movie watching

Posted by Elena Chera on 08/19/2015 at 9:50 AM

Re: “Guy Ritchie's avuncular Man From U.N.C.L.E. puts a playful spin on ’50s kicks

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Posted by Jack Alex on 08/15/2015 at 8:33 PM

Re: “Beyond using progressive filming techniques and casting, Tangerine is expressive and warm

Tangerine surprise Sundance Film Festival this year. The film attracted indie film fans thanks scenario showing transsexual prostitutes, Hollywood, methamphetamine addicts, girls and district police officers. But the craziest thing you can say about director Sean Baker is that the entire film shot on the iPhone 5S, the director had to obtain municipal approval Los Angeles to film, which allowed him to capture the sides of city We do not usually see in movies, and critics say it is not a bad film at all, cool movie

Posted by Elena Chera on 08/12/2015 at 9:17 AM

Re: “On the queasy morality of Woody Allen's ugly, tired Irrational Man

I wish Woody would stop cranking out a movie every year, and would take some time with them. He seems to be shooting first drafts now. His latest seems to recycle themes from HUSBANDS AND WIVES and MATCH POINT. Seen it before.

Posted by Mark on 08/07/2015 at 3:59 PM

Re: “On the queasy morality of Woody Allen's ugly, tired Irrational Man

Woody Allen turns 80 years old this year and has nearly 50 films to his credit! The new comedy written and directed by Woody Allen called Irrational Man and complicated talks and about relationships. Specifically we have the story of a philosophy professor from a university campus located in a small town, passing through an existential crisis that finds refuge in drink. His life takes on a new meaning when you start a relationship with one of his students, not a topic too orginal but considering that the teacher is played by Joaquin Phoenix and the student is Emma Stone, the film has a good chance to awaken our interest, watching this film

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Posted by Elena Chera on 08/07/2015 at 10:46 AM

Re: “New Vacation more like overtime on a graveyard shift

The original 'Vacation' had two big, big, BIG assets going for it: one, the 1983 movie was Chevy Chase's first (and still finest) cinematic attempt to bring some innately human qualities to his handsome-and-oh-so-obliviously-smarmy-privileged-white-male SNL archetype like vulnerability, helpless rage to retail rudeness (his reaction to the Grand Canyon-area motel clerk's blithely verbal kiss-off is STILL beautifully wishful reality even over thirty years later) and the basic middle-aged parental wish and desire to still be considered cool and hip to his/her growing-and-getting-wiser adolescent children, and two, Beverly D'Angelo's wonderfully sexy-wholesome Mrs. Griswold whose common sense and decency even in the face of ever-growing disaster and bad luck as the WallyWorld drive lurches along gave the movie a needed vacations-NEVER-go-as-planned grounding in likeability and familiarity.

With that kind of precedent, why bother doing a redo? 'Cause its HollyWeird, that's why.

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Posted by Conslor on 07/31/2015 at 5:52 PM

Re: “New Vacation more like overtime on a graveyard shift

Vacation film gives us some daring adventure and comedy that makes you watch this film several times fondly. Ed Helms plays the character of Rusty Griswold, son of Clark mature Griswold (Chevy Chase), who takes the family into a road-trip similar to the one in which he went as a child, along with his parents and sister, Vacation in this film, she has as main actors Ed Helms, Charlie Day and Leslie Mann, a film I recommend this cool comedy

Posted by Elena Chera on 07/31/2015 at 11:01 AM

Re: “Pixels: is this joyshtick working for Adam Sandler?

PIXELS flopped over the weekend. Looks like Sandler's exercises in '80s nostalgia don't sell like they did in the WEDDING SINGER days.

"Rumor has it that Judd Apatow’s Funny People was the film he’d always wanted to make; having accomplished that, for good or ill, the billionaire completely withdrew any and all shits he once gave about his dudebro-populist art."

Then why doesn't the billionaire retire, and stop inflicting his godawful movies on us? Maybe he could move to Chaplin's old mansion in Switzerland, and come back in 20 years to accept an honorary Oscar.

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Posted by Mark on 07/26/2015 at 7:11 PM

Re: “With three films — the landmark Apu Trilogy — the Indian filmmaker Satyajit Ray changed cinema and the world

Indian film Pather Pancha about life, customs and traditions dying ... that's uninteresting than life. I did not expect necessarily to who knows what a great story full of Twists and towers, it was practically impossible to happen something very simple and poor in this family. Life simply passed them as hard as man of the house bring money ... a priest / poet / accountant who leaves his family and strofoca for weeks to try to bring bread on the table, watching a tragic film

Posted by Elena Chera on 07/22/2015 at 4:49 AM

Re: “In the terrific Trainwreck, Amy Schumer stands even taller than LeBron James

Actors Vanessa Bayer, Devin Fabry, Brie Larson, Amy Schumer
Judd Apatow's comedy takes center stage a young woman (Amy Schumer) with a special aversion to responsibility. She realizes that they're not very constructive habits will not help in the long term, therefore trying to change. Does meeting with a sympathetic unknown (Bill Hader) to help her keep on track? In this first film by the director Judd Apatow wrote the script not longer appear Tilda Swinton, Daniel Radcliffe and Marisa Tomei, cool movie watching

Posted by Elena Chera on 07/22/2015 at 4:42 AM

Re: “Troubled history, script lags and all, Ant-Man escapes its wee Marvel Universe straitjacket for a merry spree

Ant-Man has a history relative tumultuous, overlooking that after over 8 years has been attached to the project director Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, The World's End) left production in 2014 due to differences of opinion between him and those Marvel. Basically, Marvel Ant-Man wanted to be closer to what constitutes a cinematic film universe, Marvel Cinematic Universe evolution brings to the big screen for the first time one of the founding members of The Avengers in Ant-Man those from Marvel. Possessing extraordinary ability to decrease but to increase the stature and strength as a thief Scott Lang must discover the hero within himself and to help his mentor, Hank Pym Dr., protect secret Ant-Man costume a new generation of threats. Despite many obstacles, Pym and Lang must succeed a robbery plan and that will save the world, best movie watching

Posted by Elena Chera on 07/22/2015 at 4:37 AM

Re: “In the terrific Trainwreck, Amy Schumer stands even taller than LeBron James

Amy Schumer may be credited with writing TRAINWRECK, but it plays very much like a Judd Apatow movie. Schumer essentially plays the Seth Rogen figure: the immature, hard-drinking party animal who learns to grow up and accept responsibility. As in all Apatow movies, traditional family values (especially monogamy) are reasserted.

By the end of TRAINWRECK, Schumer -- who earlier made clear her disinterest in children -- is cooing over kids, and, we're led to believe, wants to be a mom herself. The Village Voice's podcast about this movie was aptly titled "The Taming of Amy Schumer."

Sorry, Jason, but Apatow movies are the farthest thing from "art cinema" that I can think of.

Posted by Mark on 07/20/2015 at 4:12 PM

Re: “Troubled history, script lags and all, Ant-Man escapes its wee Marvel Universe straitjacket for a merry spree

"It doesn't add any nuance to stick Judy Greer once again with the role of the nagging signifier of all that is traditional: As Lang's ex-wife, she has less than nothing to do."

In a better world, Judy Greer would be a star, instead of being stuck in the "best friend" roles she played in the previous decade, and the nagging wife and mother roles she's doing now. (Most of her performance in TOMORROWLAND, as the heroine's mom, ended up on the cutting-room floor.)

There's now a term for this: "The Judy Greer Effect." It's what happens when a funny, beautiful and talented actress is relegated to small roles that can be cut without affecting the movie's plot. I can understand Hollywood's thinking (repulsive as it is): if Greer had more screen time, we might wonder why she isn't playing the female lead, instead of the bland likes of Britt Robertson, Bryce Dallas Howard and Evengaline Lilly.

Posted by Mark on 07/18/2015 at 3:47 PM

Re: “Five must-see lesser-known Robert Altman films from the Belcourt's summer series

The month's saddest news for people who love cinema (and intelligent writing about cinema):

Posted by Mark on 07/10/2015 at 3:46 PM

Re: “Three gems and three duds from the wide world of country music on film

'Your Cheatin' Heart' was made in 1964, and with the express production oversight of Hank Senior's widow, Audrey. That fact alone should clue any first-time viewer of what he or she will be seeing on the Belcourt wide-screen.

'Tender Mercies', on the other hand, had Robert Duvall playing the same kind of hoping-for-redemption-beyond-the-bottle musician that Jeff Bridges also took an Oscar home for. But this is pre-millennial Duvall, when both he and Gene Hackman pretty much battled neck-to-neck in being the best natural/realistic post-Method actor in Hollywood.

Posted by Conslor on 07/09/2015 at 6:39 AM

Re: “Pixar's Inside Out: a cartoon vision of the mind that will break your heart

The level of detail created this world is amazing, with every aspect of the psyche carefully thought out, with Dream Factory, a movie set in Hollywood, adorned with posters Saul Bass style sweet dreams and nightmares, and a unicorn with tail like a rainbow platter strut through like a Hollywood star. Inside Out will undoubtedly be a success. The voices in his head Riley behaves in a manner similar to that of Woody and Buzz, always concerned with the welfare of the child. The Pixar film Toy Story post-awaited and one of the best Pixar movies, the message is also a beautiful simplicity, teaching children (and adults) can not be happy all the time and it's okay to feel sometimes sad, watched a movie with the whole family

Posted by Elena Chera on 06/23/2015 at 10:16 AM

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