Monthly Archives: June 2020

52 Before 62 — #49 The Major and the Minor (1942)

MajorAndMinorPoster.jpgDirected by Billy Wilder

Screenplay by Billy Wilder and Charles Bracket, based upon the play “Connie Goes Home”, by Edward Childs Carpenter, and the story “Sunny Goes Home” by Fannie Kilbourne

Starring Ginger Rogers and Ray Milland

If I asked you – and I mean you specifically – to name Billy Wilder’s greatest films, chances are you’d name some, or all, of the following:

  • Double Indemnity
  • The Lost Weekend
  • Sunset Boulevard
  • The Apartment
  • Ace in the Hole
  • Stalag 17
  • Some Like it Hot

And because the Billy Wilder oeuvre runs so deep, there’s even room for the contrarian, or smartass, to include some of Wilder’s lesser films and not be laughed off for it.  So, you go ahead and do you, and throw The Fortune Cookie and One, Two, Three into the mix.  Me, I’m throwing Avanti![1]

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The Also-Rans Project – Les Misérables (Best Foreign Film Also-Ran 2019)

Les Misérables 2019 film poster.jpgDirected by Ladj Ly

Written by Ladj Ly, Giordano Gederlini, and Alexis Manenti

Starring Damien Bonnard, Alexis Manenti, and Djebril Zonga

By far the biggest story of the 2019 Cannes Film Festival was Parasite being the first Korean film to win the Palme D’or, and doing it unanimously.[1]  Part of the excitement for that film had to be what is, but also, what it is not – it is not some highbrow thing with no chance of winning awards outside the French riviera.[2]  And by that I mean at the Oscars.  Nor is it a borderline-experimental film that lots of people love, but others find impenetrable and bewildering.[3]  Nor is it something fresh and arty and cool and hip that’s a harbinger of a talent on the rise, which is instantly off-putting to older viewers.[4]  In other words, it is not the type of film destined to win lesser Oscars, at best, but nothing more. Continue reading

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