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50 Things I Love About 90s Movies

Some of my most formative years as a cinephile were in the 1990s. It has become somewhat fashionable in recent years to bash the 1990s, often while praising the 80s (blech). You’ll never hear me bashing the 90s, primarily because it was such fertile territory for film. Call it the Weinstein Revolution, when indie cinema rose to previously unseen heights. Of course, the decade was also full of blockbuster fun. There’s so much to love about 90s movies that I’ve made a list. Continue reading

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Re-Watchterpiece Theater: Barton Fink (1991)

Re-Watchterpiece Theater is a series that explores the organic way that attitudes about films change after you watch them a second time, a third time, or more, further down the line than the original viewing. Webster University here in St. Louis has a film series that includes something that they call “Strange Brew”. They draw all of the curtains in the tasting room at the Schlafly Brewery’s Maplewood location, The Bottleworks, and they show non-new release films on a big screen. Typically, they fall on the cult side of things. Viewers can enjoy the Bottleworks’ menu and their incredible beers, all while taking in a great film. Last week, their selection was the tremendous 1991 film from the Coen brothers, Barton Fink. It’s a film that I’ve grown to love through the years but my appreciation for it keeps growing. Here’s my experience with the re-watch. Spoilers follow.  Continue reading

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Miraculous Comedy: Preston Sturges and The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek (1944)

One of my goals for 2012 is to check off everything on the AFI 100 Years, 100 Laughs list. One of the side benefits is that there are several films on the list by directors with whom I’m still familiarizing myself. Preston Sturges is one such director. There are still a handful of Sturges films that I haven’t seen. Thanks to the 100 Laughs list, I recently had an excuse to take a gander at Sturges’ 1944 gem, The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek. I’d heard that it was a bit brazen, but didn’t know how much until I’d finally seen the film. How brazen was it? Tremendously so, and I’ve fallen in love with the movie. Continue reading

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A Fab Five of Director’s Acting Troupes

I’ve been (re)watching a lot of Joel and Ethan Coen’s work lately. It started as prep work to get me in the mood for True Grit and spiraled out of control because of how much I thoroughly enjoy their work (more on this in later entries). One thing that’s unmistakeable- there’s a whole armada of actors that they work with time and time again, a troupe as it were. Plenty of other directors work with a lot of familiar actors. Here’s a Fab Five. I’m working off of a definition that these people had to have collaborated on three films or more. Continue reading

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Great Moments in Movie History: Fargo

Stormare’s dialogue is in reference to the VW ads he did a few years ago.

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