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Down the Barrel of Loaded a Gun: The 10 Best Stand-Offs, Duels and Battles of Will In Movies (UPDATED):[1]

  1. Kinski v. Herzog, My Best Fiend & Burden of Dreams

Before he hooked up with Klaus Kinski, Werner Herzog was a little-known art-film director who was nevertheless one of the most single-minded men the cinema has ever seen.  Of course, the man met his match in Kinski, who while being intensely talented – he worked with an amazing array of directors before he became something akin to Herzog’s muse – was also the most temperamentally self-important actors every to grace the screen.  He was as known for the quality of his work as for his ability to get fired from every other movie he worked on. Continue reading

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The Also-Rans Project — Philomena (Best Picture Also Ran 2013)

Philomena poster.jpgDirected by Stephen Frears

Screenplay by Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope, from the book “The Lost Child of Philomena Lee,” by Martin Sixsmith

Starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan

In 1950s Ireland, a young unmarried Catholic girl, Philomena, finds herself pregnant and abandoned to a convent, where the nun’s basically force her to give her son up for adoption.  But not only does she never see him again, she is given no information on his whereabouts are anything of the sort.

He may as well be dead.

Out of a sense of shame and guilt, Philomena (played as an old woman by Dench) hides the truth about the boy from her later husband and family for fifty years, before she eventually confesses the secret to her daughter.  The daughter manages to hook her up with a journalist, Martin Sixsmith (Coogan), who agrees to help track down the son Philomena never knew. Continue reading

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The Also-Rans Project — The Queen (Best Picture Also-Ran 2006)

The Queen movie.jpgDirected by Stephen Frears

Written by Peter Morgan

Starring Helen Mirren, Michael Sheen, James Cromwell, Alex Jennings and Roger Allam

Just a few short months into Tony Blair’s tenure as England’s Prime Minister, Princess Diana, by then divorced from Prince Charles, is killed in a car crash in Paris.  Over the course of the following week the English public struggles to come to grips with the death of the “People’s Princess,” while the royal family steadfastly refuses to publicly acknowledge it.  According to the Queen, it is a private affair and should stay that way.  But as public opinion begins to curdle against the Queen, and the royals, Blair urges some broader acknowledgement to death, fearing to not do so will only fuel the growing anti-monarchist sentiment.

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