Ragtime   1/14/21
by Gideon58
Six years after winning the Best Director Oscar for One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and two years before winning another Best Director statue for Amadeus, Milos Foreman was robbed of a Best Director Oscar for 1981's Ragtime, a breathtaking and sumptuously mounted epic of racial tension, artistic exp...

Girl Crazy   1/13/21
by Gideon58
In most of their movies, Judy is competing with several girls for Mickey's attention, but with the setting being an all-boys school, Judy's Ginger is the only girl around for miles and doesn't have to compete with other females until the climactic crowning of the rodeo queen.

Two Girls and a Sailor   1/13/21
by Gideon58
MGM was the king of musicals in the 1940's and 50's, but 1944's Two Girls and Sailor is an overlong musical comedy where a 75 minute movie is blown into a 2 hour movie thanks to a parade of musical sequences that have absolutely nothing to do with the rest of the movie.

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom   1/12/21
by Gideon58
The explosive performances from Oscar winner Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman, in his final film role, electrify 2020's Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, the film version of the Pulitzer-prize winning play by August Wilson (Fences) that almost escapes its stage origins, creating a period gone by, populated ...

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band   1/11/21
by Gideon58
This film did nothing for the careers of Peter Frampton or the Bee Gees, but there are a couple of other people whose careers managed to survive this debacle like Pleasance, Carel Struycken, and in his official film debut, Steve Martin playing a demented plastic surgeon, bringing down the house with...

Mank   1/09/21
by Gideon58
The film reveals two primary sources for all the problems with getting the film made...Mankiewicz' antagonistic relationship with Hearst, which had a lot to do with Mank's relationship with Hearst's mistress, actress Marian Davies, and his relationship with Louis B Mayer, which became unglued when H...

The Prom   1/07/21
by Gideon58
The musical upon which this film is based opened on November 15, 2018 and ran an unimpressive 309 performances but I'm sure it was Murphy's passion regarding the subject matter was probably his driving force in bringing this story to the screen, but I think Murphy's passion for the project gets clou...

With a Song in My Heart   1/06/21
by Gideon58
Lang's experience with musicals was a big plus for him here, mounting musical sequences that musical lovers won't be able to resist, set against plush settings and the performers in gorgeous costumes.

Sound of Metal   1/04/21
by Gideon58
This is one of the first films I've seen where the character is actually observed experiencing what is happening to him for the first time and Marder and his co-screenwriters take the viewer inside what is happening by Ruben as the sound that Ruben is (or isn't) hearing is the sound we are hearing.

The Moon Is Blue   1/02/21
by Gideon58
Frank Herbert, that opened on Broadway in 1951 and ran for over 900 performances and it's very easy to see why the play and the film caused such a stir and how the film attracted a director like Otto Preminger.

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