With the latest in a long history of “Cyrano” adaptations currently in theaters (somewhere), we revisit perhaps the most faithful adaptation of the original play, for which José Ferrer became the first Hispanic actor to win an Oscar.
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LILIES OF THE FIELD (1963)
Sidney Poitier, who passed away earlier this month, became the first Black actor ever to win a Best Actor Oscar for his role as a handyman helping out a bunch of nuns in the desert.
THE MATRIX (1999)
Perhaps the definitive modern action movie, and also maybe the one with the action sequences that I have loved most over the years, which somehow also has literally many treatises’ worth of material going on just below the surface.
A prescient thriller (sort of) about a mass shooter and also an aging movie star played by Boris Karloff, which happened to be the directorial debut of Peter Bogdanovich.
NEW MOVIE TIME CAPSULE!
Our new feature has our capsule thoughts on new movies in theaters and on streaming, in this case featuring three great women directors and also a new/old take on Shakespeare
A BEAUTIFUL MIND (2001)
Our “Film Odyssey” closes with the 2001 Best Picture winner, the rare biopic with a massive plot twist stuck in the middle.
This is a 4-hour Bollywood musical about cricket, which for some of readers may inexplicably not be enough to sell you on this movie, but maybe give it a chance.
THE MOVIE VALHALLA WORLD CINEMA WINTER FESTIVAL STARTS FEBRUARY 2
The Movie Valhalla World Winter Festival will feature,. but complete coincidence, movies from the best countries around the world at winter sports, and you can vote for Gold, Silver, and Bronze, and by total coincidence there is also a winter sports event going on at the same time.
HARRY POTTER AND THE PHILOSOPHER’S STONE (2001)
Our film odyssey continues with the first film in a new kind of movie franchise, based on a wildly popular book series about wizard school.
DONNIE DARKO (2001)
A mentally ill teenager from the 80s experiences bizarre events and a guy in a creepy bunny suit, in a movie that works more on a vibes level than on an actually making sense level.