Author Archives: somuchmovies

1980

In 1980 audiences walked up to the theater, noticed a $40 million artistic, serious historical drama was playing, and said to themselves, “Nah, we’ll just go see another Star Wars.” Neither Heaven’s Gate or The Empire Strikes back deserve full … Continue reading

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Marilyn Monroe

Why do so many people still care about Marilyn Monroe? Why is she so much bigger than other actresses of the time, or other eras’ biggest sex symbols? I never considered these questions until I incidentally watched her on screen. I … Continue reading

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Federico Fellini

It gets difficult to come up with more ways to describe movies I love, so I’m gonna get into some movies I don’t. Federico Fellini is kind of the epitome of the European film artist. Some of those guys add … Continue reading

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Kathryn Bigelow

People might not expect you to know who Kathryn Bigelow is but they should. She’s the first woman to win the Academy Award for Best Director and she’s the most prominent female director in Hollywood almost by default. Even if … Continue reading

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1950

According to its most influential and lasting films, Hollywood in 1950 struggled with its past and found part of its future. Sunset Boulevard and All About Eve inspect old theatricality and stars. I can’t tell if they were trying to redeem … Continue reading

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1941

If you just look at the highest grossing films of 1941, you can probably just throw it in the garbage. I’ve never heard anyone care about or even heard of any of these movies. Hokey musicals, attempts to duplicate the … Continue reading

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Woody Allen

Woody Allen is a tough director (and writer and actor) to recommend. He can be really off-putting, and in fact the first time I saw a movie he starred in I refused to watch any more for a long time. … Continue reading

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