04/22/2014 21:00:10 PM
For Earth Day, Hit Me With Your Best Shot returns to Disney's long neglected Pocahontas (1995). Can you sing with all the colors of the wind? The movie uses a lot of them and not shyly: blues, greens, pinks, oranges, yellows, and that glorious raven
04/22/2014 20:00:09 PM
Happy Earth Day to all! For this week's Hit Me With Your Best Shot we're looking at the environmentalist drama, romantic fantasy, historical epic, animated musical (*whew*) known simply as
04/22/2014 15:13:08 PM
HAPPY OKLAHOMA DAY! For serious that's what it is today so any of you reading from the Sooner state enjoy yourselves just a little bit more for the rest of us today
I'm just a girl who cain't say no, I'm in a turrible fix I always say "come on, let
04/22/2014 11:30:57 AM
Tribeca coverage continues with Jason on Life Partners with Leighton Meester & Gillian Jacobs
When I say that the specter of Frances Ha hangs heavy over Life Partners, you should probably keep in mind that the specter of Frances Ha has been hangi
04/22/2014 09:01:02 AM
Our Tribeca Film Festival coverage continues with Glenn on Mala Mala
Christine Vachon is a national treasure. That is a fact. Without her then it’s highly questionable whether queer cinema would even exist in the somewhat minor capacity that it
04/22/2014 07:00:50 AM
Alexa here to share some arts and crafts for your Tuesday. I recently came upon a story about the strange world of bootleg movie posters from Ghana and I've become a little obsessed. In the 80s and early 90s, when VHS tapes from Hong Kong, Bollywood
04/21/2014 22:00:45 PM
The evening waterworks continue. Here's
04/21/2014 19:36:19 PM
Amuse us. Add dialogue or a caption to these two new stills from Macbeth starring two much obsessed over actors, Michael Fassbender as the would be King and Marion Cotillard as his Lady with that damn spot.
I'll announce the winners of this and the
04/21/2014 16:44:18 PM
Vulture psychologically astute piece by Kim Morgan on Lindsay Lohan's reality show
04/21/2014 14:31:21 PM
JA from MNPP here wishing you a very happy Mutant Monday, which is the brand new holiday that comes right after Easter Sunday, as of right this second, says me. Why am I making up this brand new holiday here off the cuff (besides more holidays meanin
04/21/2014 10:20:16 AM
Our Tribeca Film Festival coverage continues with Abstew on Gabriel...
Something is not quite right with Gabriel (Rory Culkin). But please, don't call him that. It may be his own name, but just the sound of it is enough to set him on edge. And who k
04/21/2014 08:00:12 AM
Our Tribeca coverage begins with Glenn on two similarly titled indies
Alex is in crisis in both
04/20/2014 19:30:55 PM
SEASON PREMIEREReady for another year of the podcast? The gang is back: Nathaniel R, (The Film Experience), Joe Reid (The Wire), Katey Rich (Vanity Fair) and Nick Davis (Nick's Flick Picks) reunite to discuss this unusually robust auteur spring at th
04/20/2014 18:30:53 PM
04/20/2014 16:32:54 PM
Amir here, with the weekend’s box office report. It’s Easter weekend and we have proof of it in the box office top ten. When was the last time three films with such strong religious overtones as Noah, God’s Not Dead and Heaven Is fo
04/20/2014 08:47:02 AM
Since we already named our favorite Bible movies, it's time to turn the conversation over to the most integral part of Easter celebrations: Bunnies! Rabbits. Hares. Whatever you'd prefer to call the hoppy delights.
You will find neither Winnie the P
04/19/2014 18:13:30 PM
Unless you count the LEGO Movie's probable Best Animated Feature bid and the Sundance bow of Love is Strange (I'm still hopeful - it's playing Tribeca right now) 2014 hasn't seen much in the way of Oscar contenders just yet. Recent trailers are chang
04/19/2014 15:14:30 PM
Oooh, it's another new image from Ryan Gosling's Lost River (formerly titled: How To Catch a Monster) and I love this macabre club entrance that Christina Hendricks is standing in front of.
Does this image remind anyone else of the abandoned amuseme
04/19/2014 09:00:35 AM
Our coverage of the TCM's 2014 festival in Los Angeles wraps with Anne Marie on legendary editor Thelma Schoonmaker
Thelma in the editing bay...
Thelma Schoonmaker is surprisingly calm. Not just calm, calming. As I sat listening to her twice at
04/18/2014 22:30:56 PM
waterworks all month long... this one's from the vaults
Tonight's shower is provided by mother nature rather than traditional indoor plumbing. That's appropriate since
04/18/2014 20:52:15 PM
I totally forgot it was Good Friday today. Herewith a #faithbased edition of complete the sentence because that's trending now.
"My favorite Biblical movie is ________________ because _______________."
I really wish _________ would make a bible movi
04/18/2014 17:23:40 PM
After Ellen "Return of the Lesbian Villain"/Film Sharon Stone does Mrs Robinson at The Graduate live-readKCRW Tilda Swinton guest DJ special. She's a fan of Marilyn Manson, Bj
04/18/2014 15:42:58 PM
From Tommy Lee Jones directing himself and The Swank we turn to another far more accomplished actor-turned-director. Clint Eastwood has won four Oscars in his career from two films (Unforgiven & Million Dollar Baby) but the 83 year old director has h
04/18/2014 11:26:08 AM
As illustrated by Bradley Cooper. Literally this time since I'm so hungover.
Talk amongst yourselves as I convalesce. What's on your cinematic mind?
04/18/2014 07:36:49 AM
It's Diana's last report from the TCM Film Festival which closed this weekend. One more from Anne Marie is coming up and it's a wrap. Take it away, Diana...
Ben & Anna Kendrick at The Women screening
In one of the few overlaps in our TCMFF schedule,
04/17/2014 19:30:53 PM
Tim here, asking the most burning question of them all: who’s ready to talk about Italian silent film?!?!
(Blogging pro-tip: italics and interrobangs make people excited to discuss things that they are not, in fact, excited to talk about).
04/17/2014 15:15:30 PM
Tim here. It's Christmas morning, everybody: the Cannes Film Festival announced its line-up today for this year's edition, running from May 14-25.
Opening NightGrace of Monaco (dir. Olivier Dahan; starring Nicole Kidman)
Official SelectionSils Mari
04/17/2014 13:00:08 PM
Seasons of Bette had a headache last week but is feeling much better now, thank you. Herewith, your catch-up episode on Dark Victory (1939)
it was the ghastliest feeling, everything went fuzzy.
04/17/2014 11:01:03 AM
I had the pleasure of returning as guest on the Panel Culture podcast. It's a weekly comics podcast but they do movie episodes every once in a while and this one is on Captain America: The Winter Soldier. If you've read my review you might feel I'm r
04/17/2014 09:00:54 AM
Our new contributor Diana D Drumm reporting on the TCM Festival which recently concluded
Maureen O'Hara introducing "How Green Was My Valley" at TCM 2014
Even at 93, Maureen O’Hara is still sublime, crossing the threshold of everyday stunn
04/16/2014 22:11:40 PM
the waterworks continue
Will you give me oral pleasure?
I was casually skimming through Pulp Fiction the other day
04/16/2014 19:40:06 PM
The Wire Joe & Mark predict the Tony nominees in the play categories. Could Audra McDonald win a sixth Tony? (The nominations are only two weeks away)Defamer
04/16/2014 18:07:31 PM
Here, in picture form, is why I've been unable to function whenever I tried to write about RuPaul's Drag Race
somehow the blurry screenshot seemed appropriate so i didn't try again
Laganja Estranja's bottomless need for attention coupled with her lac
04/16/2014 16:00:14 PM
The Eisner Awards, the "Oscars of Comics" have announced their nominations for the current season (they follow more of a Tony Awards timetable) and the results are heavy on Image comics with Marvel scoring in the top "continuing series" category with
04/16/2014 13:00:46 PM
Episode 16 of 52 as Anne Marie screens all of Katharine Hepburn's films in chronological order.
In which Katharine Hepburn wins it all back and then some.
For Classic Hollywood stars whose images so often transcended or eclipsed the films they appe
04/16/2014 10:53:17 AM
Yesterday two new trailers appeared for David Cronenberg's
04/16/2014 08:28:38 AM
I am not, in any way according to the Internet, a Leonardo DiCaprio fan. Never mind that I saw him first and was proselytizing about his gift for at least ten years after seeing the double whammy of
04/15/2014 21:00:26 PM
William Wyler's The Letter (1940) was nominated for seven Oscars in 1940 and remains a compelling example of two essential noir staples: dramatic lighting and the art of the femme fatale. I was watching it for Seasons of Bette, but the dramatic cinem
04/15/2014 18:10:31 PM
Multi-tasking again. Herewith a new episode of three recurring series:
04/15/2014 13:15:00 PM
I've been quite blocked today (apologies) so I'd like to turn the time over to you for an open discussion. With news coming that Channing Tatum would love to play Gambit in a movie (poor Taylor Kitsch. It's not his fault everyone has tried to scrub X
04/15/2014 09:20:26 AM
I hope you'll join us tonight when we celebrate
04/14/2014 22:00:03 PM
waterworks continue most nights at 11. Here's abstew on Like Crazy
04/14/2014 15:30:22 PM
JA from MNPP here with a new round of "Beauty Vs. Beast" for us to play... this week's inspiration? It's the 54th birthday of one of my favorite actors, Scotsman slash raving lunatic Robert Carlyle. Alright yes he's (probably) just acting the "raving
04/14/2014 14:51:42 PM
Congratulations to this year's Pulitzer Prize winners.
04/14/2014 12:30:12 PM
I've been anxiously awaiting this trailer so let's hitch our Yes No Maybe So wagon to Hilary Swank's as she transports three crazies across the country to Iowa in the western The Homesman. We knew from interviews and a cursory knowledge of the noveli
04/14/2014 10:30:02 AM
As Mad Men at the Movies returns for its final bifurcated season so do we for Mad Men @ the Movies.
04/14/2014 08:28:47 AM
The Guardian asks a really good question. Had James Dean lived would he have been a Newman or a Brando?Nerd Approved swapping the genders on Disney charactersComics Alliance one minute of the opening battle from X-Men Days of Future Past. Looks excit
04/13/2014 20:00:27 PM
Nathaniel stepping in for Amir this week to look at What People Are Seeing. If you've already seen Captain America: The Winter Soldier (and you should) there wasn't much to get excited about at the mainstream box office this weekend with films like O
04/13/2014 17:00:20 PM
As you may or may not have heard Baz Luhrmann has been in the news again this week. 2013 was another big year for him with The Great Gatsby exceeding expectations (financially). The buzz on Baz hasn't quieted in this new year. On March 2nd, his wife
04/13/2014 15:00:15 PM
Film restorationists don’t feel like rockstars. But with this crowd…”
the TCM Festival is happening at the TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood
Mike Pogorzelski, director of the Academy Film Archive, chuckles as another round of cheer
04/13/2014 13:54:03 PM
For those who don't check in enough, don't miss these highlights from the week. It was a slow week, I know, but next week will be madness: the Podcast returns, the Smackdown (finally),
04/13/2014 09:01:00 AM
Something is wrong with me. I miss the Oscars already even though I've just barely recovered from the March 2nd related exhaustion. (Nathaniel the Masochist) So the other day I got a little Oscar happy and was looking back at various years, so let's
04/12/2014 22:00:13 PM
Multi-tasking this evening with a bifurcated trip back to Heathers. As previously noted, the film just celebrated its 25th anniversary and hasn't lost its bark (so quotable, so confident)
04/12/2014 17:46:58 PM
Diana reporting from TCM Film Festival's Opening Night Red Carpet. The classic stars came out and Anne Marie and I talked to them.
Oscar winner Shirley Jones with her husband and the Oklahoma! premiere. [Photo: David Buchan/Getty Images]
4 P.M. Hol
04/12/2014 10:00:03 AM
04/12/2014 07:15:13 AM
The perma-tanned actor, playboy and unreal beauty back in the day turns 75 this summer. More photos and a few notes after the jump...
04/11/2014 16:47:16 PM
The King speaks. Often in motion pictures, in point of fact. Colin Firth has been a mainstay in British and Hollywood cinema since his terrific debut opposite Rupert Everett in the boy's school classic
04/11/2014 13:49:09 PM
Counter-programming in the summer. Love it! Decoding Annie Parker, a movie about early strides in Breast Cancer Research arrives on May 2nd. Samantha Morton plays the title character, a young mother who is diagnosed with breast cancer. She seeks answ
04/11/2014 11:40:57 AM
“So it’s a film festival, but for old films? Why?”
When I told folks how excited I was to finally go to the 5th annual TCM Film Festival this year in Hollywood, I got this question a few times. This isn’t just about the old a
04/11/2014 10:11:20 AM
The Film Experience does not endorse tattoos. That shit is crazy permanent and who wants to wear the same thing every day of one's life? But tattoos can sometimes look good in a photo shoot, with the right body, or work well in dramatic or comic cont
04/11/2014 07:00:37 AM
In Contention the Stephen Hawking biopic Theory of Everything starring Eddie Redmayne is getting an Oscar prime November release. Best Actor is going to be tight this year, peopleTelegraph interviewed Winona Ryder last month. Not sure how I missed th
04/10/2014 22:00:06 PM
waterworks each night at 11. Here's
04/10/2014 18:01:03 PM
Tim here, to celebrate, and by “celebrate”, I mean “lament” the ten-year anniversary this month of the film that more or less killed traditional animation at Disney. Back in April, 2004, all that anybody could talk about was a
04/10/2014 14:00:50 PM
In January we did a countdown of 2014 movies we were most looking forward to. With the distribution news that
04/10/2014 11:30:06 AM
And now our semi-weekly check in with actresses we love. Where / What / Who are they up to?
BRIEBrie Larson has accepted an offer to star in the psychological horror drama as "Ma", about a woman who's trapped in her father's basement for years with h
04/10/2014 10:00:14 AM
04/10/2014 07:45:43 AM
actually there's only 15 links... 15 link street. Lots of reads for you today, here and elsewhere
My New Plaid Pants has a wonderfully incisive review of Joe starring Nicolas Cage and Tye SheridanThe Film Doctor nostalgia in the Smithsonian. Notes on
04/09/2014 22:00:07 PM
waterworks each night at 11
How many of you have seen David O. Russell's Flirting With Disaster (1996)? With the exception of the stupidly maligned I ♥ Huckabees, it's his funniest film. One day it will surely be rediscovered given the atte
04/09/2014 19:28:34 PM
Roland Emmerich will direct Jeremy Irvine in "Stonewall"Roland Emmerich is a size queen. I had the world's shortest interview with him while he was promoting Anonymous, a rare trip away from the ginormous epic blockbuster spectacles he prefers to mak
04/09/2014 18:40:43 PM
Here's what's coming up for the rest of April. It's going to be an exciting few weeks...
April 10th TCM FILM FESTIVAL BEGINS Anne Marie & Diana will be reporting from Los AngelesApril 15th Hit Me With Your Best Shot: The Letter (1940)Bette Davis sta
04/09/2014 14:39:34 PM
Episode 15 of 52 as Anne Marie screens all of Katharine Hepburn's films in chronological order.
In which Katharine Hepburn is named Box Office Poison, which might be the best thing that could have happened to her.
WAKE UP! HOLLYWOOD PRODUCERS
04/09/2014 12:40:21 PM
AVClub Ingmar Bergman's Persona
04/09/2014 08:43:52 AM
I came to the news of Mickey Rooney's passing late due to my offline vacation but it wouldn't be right to not mention it here at the musicals-loving The Film Experience. My first exposure to Mickey Rooney, as far as I remember, was Babes in Arms (193
04/08/2014 20:32:24 PM
Here's Andrew to celebrate the release of last year's embattled August: Osage County newly arrived on DVD.
04/08/2014 17:00:23 PM
Hello my beautiful cinephiles. Nathaniel, back from my rejuvenating weekend. It's possible that you haven't missed me since the team has been doing a great job but I missed you.
04/08/2014 14:00:00 PM
04/08/2014 11:40:43 AM
On the 50th anniversary of "From Russia With Love"'s US release our friend and James Bond expert Deborah Lipp (she even wrote a book about him!) is here to talk 007...
Sean Connery in "From Russia With Love" released 50 years ago today in the States
04/08/2014 09:00:31 AM
Michael C. here
04/07/2014 22:38:59 PM
waterworks each weeknight at 11 as we turn on the cinematic shower.
No, it’s not December, but I'm taking a trip down memory lane to ubiqutious Christmas film Home Alone 2: Lost in New York for this entry.
The Maculay Culkin Home Alone films
04/07/2014 20:00:00 PM
Jose here. I have a confession to make that might make me very unpopular around here: I don’t get Michelle Williams. I understand the reasons why she’s beloved and acclaimed and why she’s earned three Academy Award nominations so fa
04/07/2014 18:00:16 PM
Glenn here. As Jason already established, today is Francis Ford Coppola's 75th birthday today. Talia's brother, Sofia and Roman's dad, Nicolas and Jason's uncle, and Gia's grandfather presides over a clearly very talented family that keep kicking art
04/07/2014 10:03:30 AM
JA from MNPP here, back from vacation with a brand new round of "Beauty Vs. Beast." So here's the question (or rather the first question): what's your favorite Francis Ford Coppola movie? The legendary helmer's turning 75 today and so we look back th
04/06/2014 22:00:15 PM
We're going to be in for some weather...
Even celebrities are affected.
04/06/2014 15:20:30 PM
Amir here, with the weekend’s box office report. Captain America defeated Noah to the top spot. There has to be a joke in there about America and freedom and jingoism and religion but I haven’t seen the former film yet, so I’ll hold
04/05/2014 16:04:07 PM
Amir here, to welcome you back to Team Top Ten, our monthly poll by all of the website’s contributors. For our first episode in 2014, we are looking at The Greatest Working Cinematographers in the (international) film industry. As long time rea
04/05/2014 13:00:35 PM
This post was originally published in Nathaniel's column at Towleroad. Nathaniel is on vacation but it is reprinted here with their permission
"On the left" Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) warns a stranger as he jogs past him at The Mall in Washington D.
04/04/2014 17:00:05 PM
This weekend sees the release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the third film in Marvel's Phase 2 of movies seemingly designed to introduced an expanding roster of comic book figures into a multi-film universe for the rest of human history. Co
04/04/2014 14:29:00 PM
Here's abstew on one of TFE's very favorite actors
This past Wednesday saw the limited release of the British film Dom Hemingway about a safecracker that is recently released from prison after serving 12 years. The marketing material is also quick
04/04/2014 11:30:23 AM
...is there anything you can't do?
Well, I'm not sure I'll make a very good nun.
If you have any problems, I'll be happy to help you...
Great Moments in Screen Bitchery #235, Eleanor Parker as the Baroness in The
04/04/2014 08:30:06 AM
Here's abstew with a tribute to an actor we lost too soon.
Today, April 4th, 2014, would have been Oscar winner Heath Ledger's 35th Birthday. Tragically, the talented young actor's career was all too brief. (It's crazy to think that 2 of the 5 Best
04/03/2014 21:49:33 PM
Tim here. The recent release of Paolo Sorrentino’s The Great Beauty on a DVD/Blu-Ray combo from the Criterion Collection means that most of us in North American finally have our first decent chance to see the most recent winner of the Best Fore
04/03/2014 18:55:36 PM
What's on your cinematic mind? I was worried you were all thinking about the exact same thing that we had neglected to write on until I realized the comments were malfunctioning. FIXED. So now that you can comment again, please fill it up the blog wi
04/03/2014 17:00:36 PM
Amir here, to celebrate the tenth birthday of Guillermo Del Toro’s red devil child, Hellboy.
Writing a piece for the anniversary of a superhero film is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, the rate at which we get new entries to the panthe
04/03/2014 13:21:02 PM
Editor's Note: A huge thank you to my trusted right hand woman in Old Hollywood love. Anne Marie is filling in for this particular edition of "Seasons of Bette" (a sidebar series to "A Year With Kate" as we investigate Bette's Oscar roles whenever th
04/03/2014 05:45:27 AM
There appears to be some sort of issue. Posts have not published and neither have comments. Working on it.
04/02/2014 17:12:00 PM
Episode 14 of 52 from Anne Marie's series screening Katharine Hepburn's films in chronological order.
In which there is a leopard on your roof and it’s my leopard and I have to get it down and to get it down I have to sing!
Bringing Up Bab
04/02/2014 14:19:00 PM
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04/02/2014 10:33:14 AM
big screenTowleroad James Franco to plan an ex-gay activist in a new Gus Van Sant filmGuardian Russell Crowe meets with the Archbishop of Canterbury for Noah. The things people will do for movie promotion, I tell youEmpire Cake, a Jennifer Aniston mo
04/02/2014 09:00:20 AM
Alexa here to wish a Happy Centennial to Alec Guinness. Born 100 years ago today to a single mother in London, Guinness' theatre career began in his 20s. It wasn't until after he served in the Royal Navy in World War II that his film career began in
04/02/2014 00:47:00 AM
glitter attack!True story. In the late 1990s after graduating college, before New York City and The Film Experience years, I was working as an artist at a company that specialized in parties and events. Every day in a big warehouse I was a hot mess o