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    Citizen Kane and Pulp Fiction, Two Overrated Classics Coming to a Blu-ray Player Near You

    This week in his “Now and Then” column, Matt Brennan — inspired by the re-release of Citizen Kane (Orson Welles, 1941) and the upcoming Blu-ray edition of Pulp Fiction (Quentin Tarantino, 1994) — tries to explain how a movie becomes a “classic.” Trailers below:To paraphrase the famous saying, some m...

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    Remembering Cliff Robertson: from Kennedy and Charly to David Begelman

    Cliff Robertson passed of natural causes on September 10. The actor, whose credits span over fifty years, is known most recently for his role as Ben Parker in the Spider-Man franchise, and will be remembered most for his Oscar-winning role in 1968's Charly and 1963's PT 109, in which he played John ...

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    3-D Fit for The Lion King: Retrofitting a Classic, Filmmakers Look Back

    The Lion King has been converted to 3-D. Bill Desowitz talks to the folks who did it, and the original filmmakers, who look back on what it took to make the groundbreaking animated juggernaut in the first place. There's been plenty of revisionist outrage about George Lucas digitally tweaking Star Wa...

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    Another Trip to the Moon with Méliès: Behind the Digital Restoration of VFX Landmark

    While waiting for Hugo (Nov. 23), Martin Scorsese's 3-D valentine to Georges Méliès, TOH columnist Bill Desowitz writes a fascinating account of how digital advances made possible the painstaking restoration of the first movie blockbuster from the father of special effects, A Trip to the Moon (1902)...

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    Geena Davis, Callie Khouri and Mimi Polk Gitlin Talk Thelma & Louise at 20

    The Academy celebrated the 20th anniversary of Thelma & Louise August 25th by screening a splendid new print of the iconic Ridley Scott movie that turned the traditional buddy movie on its head. I moderated a Q & A with Geena Davis, Callie Khouri and producer Mimi Polk Gitlin afterwards; highlights ...

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    Marilyn Monroe Gets New Stamp, Movie Starring Michelle Williams, Is Everywhere

    We can't get enough of Marilyn Monroe, it seems. The U.S. Postal Service will honor director Billy Wilder, the enduring director of the classics Double Indemnity, The Apartment, Seven Year Itch, and Some Like It Hot (joining John Ford, John Huston and Frank Capra in their Great Film Directors series...

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    Crazy, Creepy Love: Romance is Dangerous in Rebecca, Jane Eyre

    In this week's “Now and Then" column, Matt Brennan looks at two adaptations of Gothic novels: Hitchcock’s Rebecca (1940) and Cary Fukunaga’s Jane Eyre (out on DVD), see trailers below. A pair of young women, the rough men who love them, the creepy manors they live in, and the eerie forces attemp...

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    Wish I Was There: MoMA's “Carte Blanche: Dieter Kosslick, the Culinary Cineaste”

    Hungry? You will be after reading Bay Area restaurant critic Meredith Brody's words on MoMA'a food and film series, “Carte Blanche: Dieter Kosslick, the Culinary Cineaste”:In a recent article in the San Francisco Chronicle, Alice Waters said, ”I can’t live without films. They’re like food to me. I n...

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    Three Unmade Kubrick Films In Active Development; Lunatic at Large Close to Financing

    No director has had a more storied posthumous career than Stanley Kubrick. The director died before the release of his controversial 1999 Eyes Wide Shut, which he had nonetheless completed, and of course Steven Spielberg used Kubrick's original drafts to script and direct 2001's A.I. Artificial Inte...

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    Bogart: Unconventional Star, Sex Symbol in TCM's Summer Under the Stars Retrospective

    Matt Brennan takes a different tack in his “Now and Then” column this week, reviewing not two movies but one star. It just so happens that Turner Classic Movies did the work of combining current and classic for him. On Wednesday, the network’s essential series “Summer Under the Stars” gives us 24 hours of Humphrey Bogart. Swoon. Trailer and clip below: They say sex sells, but it never flew off the shelves quite like it did in the heyday of the studio system. Back then a guy didn’t need a six-pack to get us melting, though it didn’t hurt — just try to resist the swaggering muscularity of Brando, busting out of that white T-shirt in A Streetca...

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