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2. Sweetest TV Friendships
3. There's Something About Dexter
4. What actor would get your vote for President
5. Scorsese & De Niro vs. Scorsese & DiCaprio
6. Pride Week
7. The Master of One's Own Fate
8. The Best Film Titles: Part I of Run-Off
9. Shark Week: You never forget your first shark
10. Face-Off &Birthday Bash: De Niro v. Penn
11. Face-Off: Robin Williams' Comedy v. Drama
12. Who Said Women Aren't Funny?
13. Where would you most like to swim?
14. The Best Film Titles: Part II of Run-Off
15. Take Me Out to A Ball Game
16. What's the First Thing You Would Do as a Survivor Castaway
17. Yeah, I'm talking to you, Travis Bickle
18. Run-Off Poll: The Best Film Title Ever
19. What 2013-14 TV character would you be for Halloween?
20. Face-Off: I could have been a contender!
21. Waxing Nostalgic: With whom did you grow up?
22. With what family would you LEAST like to spend the holidays?
23. Small Business Saturday: Your Favorite Underdog Business
24. Bridging the Gender Gap: The Best Films from Women Directors
25. With what family would you LEAST like to spend the holidays? Part 2
26. Should Auld Acquaintance Be Forgot?
27. What Angel Most Deserved Its Wings
28. "I Have a Dream": Film That Best Depicts the Fight for Civil Rights
29. I Am Woman, Hear Me Roar!
30. You need a poem: Which poet do you choose?
31. Cheerio, Dave: What Letterman feature will you miss most?
32. Pride Week: Most LGBT-Proud Film Part II
33. 'All Aboard... Your Favorite Train Flick
34. Say It Ain't So: What will you miss most about Jon Stewart?
35. Favorite Character-Titled TV Series Before 1990
36. Favorite Character-Titled TV Series 1990-2015
37. Ten Years After Katrina: The Film Disaster Most Due to Human Error
38. Emmy Awards 2015: Social Significance Face-Off
39. The Chemistry of Breaking Bad
40. Who was Dexter's Creepiest Adversary?
41. 25 Shows of the 90's That Paved the Way for the New Golden Age of TV
42. Halloweem Face-Off: Vampire Slayer v. Vampire Player
44. Your Favorite Blacklisted Star
45. Your Favorite Coen Brothers' Film
46. Robert De Niro's Waiting
47. Golden Globes 2016: Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture ‑ Drama
48. Golden Globes 2016: Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture ‑ Drama
49. Revenge is a Dish Best Served by Tarantino
50. Movie Magi: The Ultimate Gift
51. Brrrr... Who's the Coldest of the Cold?
52. Oscars 2016: Favorite Poster
53. The Littlest Oscars: Your Favorite Performance by a Child Nominee
54. Oscar Winners on TV
55. Oscars 2016: Most Deserved Standing Ovation
56. Thatta Girl! (Part 2)
57. Leading Heroines of IMDb's Top 250
58. Favorite TV Spin-off Series 2000-2015
59. Favorite Character from The Good Wife
60. Face-Off: Holmes/Watson v. House/Wilson
61. Face-Off: The New Ghostbusters
62. Sweetest TV Friendships (2000-2015) Part 2
63. Run-Off: Thatta Girl
64. Face-Off: Angry Birds
65. Who is Proudest?
66. The Triple Crown of Acting
67. Dusting Off Celluloid: Which old film would you like to see?
68. Superhero Day Jobs
69. Films Once, But No Longer, in AFI's Top 100
70. Your Favorite Olympic Image
71. The Many Reincarnations of Madonna
72. Face-Off: Willy Wonka v. Willy Wonka
73. Gimme My Emmy: Award Winning Actors without an Emmy Award
74. TIFF Award Winners that Became Oscar Nominees and Winners (1981-2015)
75. Emmy Awards 2016: Favorite Winner
76. A "Transparent" Face-Off
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78. Stewie asks Lecter for tips: What animated character would you like to enter what movie?
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(The series are in alphabetical order except for the first five, which were chosen to illustrate the colorful range of shows represented.)
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Cinema has given us some of the best photography, including some that we didn't get to see on the movie screen. Below are several photographs from behind the scenes of films, including people with whom you are very familiar. These images give you a lens through which icons appear as the sometimes silly, sometimes warm, sometimes intently focused, and very real people that they are. Which photograph is your favorite?
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Maudie: The whole of a life, beautifully painted
This is a quiet, slow film. During an era when time is counted by seconds and illustrated with the clownish stunts of a President seemingly more concerned with ratings than with any fabric of life, with society's shorter and shorter attention span, when movie screens are deluged with computer generated images, million dollar special effects, car chases at maximum speed, and lead characters with superhuman physical powers, Maud Lewis stands in her space occupied by Sally Hawkins, the actress who gracefully captures the heroine's awkwardness and beauty for film, and says, "I am to be counted." This film is to be counted. And I'll pass on films faster than a speeding bullet and choose Hawkins and Ethan Hawke as they steadily tell the story of the real-life painter and her husband, Everett.
The film is much like a painting, using images to portray a life. There are few words and barely one is wasted. The dialogue, like the house in which much of the lives are spent, is spare, using colors and landscapes and objects and faces to tell a simple, amazing story. Much like the artist, Maud Lewis, did, the filmmaker shows us how he sees her world through the sense of sight: a single, still wooden wheel against a backdrop of a brown and gold wheat field, the wooden houses of reds and blues sitting on the hills of Nova Scotia, next to the sparkling sea, still clouds against a radiant sky, a woman's face suddenly opening with a large smile. The photography is dazzling, stunning, yet soft. With all to see, the ear is not neglected: Michael Timmons, the creative force behind the band The Cowboy Junkies, uses his moody, smokey hues to gently orchestrate the score that is true to the woman at the center of the film, and a few lovely songs dot the soundtrack with emotion, language, and beginnings and ends, stirring the canvass of the lives we are invited to witness and, through adroit performances by the actors, even enter.
Maudie is what Maud said of windows: "The whole of life, already framed, right there - " and anybody would be lucky to see how it reveals itself.
Who Killed the Electric Car? (2006)
Entertainment and Integrity in a Compelling Caper
This is an important film. What you will learn is disconcerting but the manner in which you'll learn it is enjoyable.
It is well organized, revealing "clues," in the form of convincing evidence, as this whodunit unrolls into a persuasive case against corporate money in politics, the power of the oil industry over both the auto industry and government, and the power of all three to subvert the will of consumers and the well-being of the citizenry.
Some documentaries are dry, and while they may present strong cases, they offer little in the way of keeping the audience engaged. Some documentaries, on the other hand, are little more than empty entertainment in the guise of serious exploration. Some are so polemical as to alienate the viewers they're trying to persuade. Who Killed the Electric Car is entertaining, unfolding the way a great mystery does, while also maintaining journalistic integrity and evidentiary rigor.
I couldn't help but to compare it to, for example, many Michael Moore movies. Moore can be an excellent filmmaker in many ways but, while I agree with him on the issues, he too often ignores empirical evidence and cogent argument, even though there is much of both to buttress his conclusions. Instead, Moore too often appeals only to the viewer's emotions, lessening his credibility. Chris Paine, the writer and director of Who Killed the Electric Car, doesn't exchange logos and ethos for pure pathos. Rather, he combines all of the essential elements of documentary filmmaking and offers us a product that is simultaneously engaging, convincing, and credible.