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Jessup & Queeg, 'Men' and a 'Mutiny'

As Turner Classic Movies continues to play the Oscar hits all month long, last night I watched The Caine Mutiny and Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolfc. The latter I'd seen before and love, but this was my first visit with the former and while I'm sure it has been said before, the comparisons to Aaron Sorkin's screenplay for A Few Good Men are bountiful once you get to the third act court-martial of Lieutenant Steve Maryk (Van Johnson) and Ensign Keith (Robert Francis), charged with conspiring to mutiny. The charges aren't the same as those facing the two U.S. Marines in A Few Good Men and this is obviously the Navy we're dealing with, not the Marines, but the structure of the trial and in particular, the questioning of Humphrey Bogart's Lieutenant Commander Queeg is so similar it's impossible to miss. Before he begins his questioning of Queeg,
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Bogart and the Stuff That Both Dreams and Nightmares Are Made Of

Humphrey Bogart movies: ‘The Maltese Falcon,’ ‘High Sierra’ (Image: Most famous Humphrey Bogart quote: ‘The stuff that dreams are made of’ from ‘The Maltese Falcon’) (See previous post: “Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall Movies.”) Besides 1948, 1941 was another great year for Humphrey Bogart — one also featuring a movie with the word “Sierra” in the title. Indeed, that was when Bogart became a major star thanks to Raoul Walsh’s High Sierra and John Huston’s The Maltese Falcon. In the former, Bogart plays an ex-con who falls in love with top-billed Ida Lupino — though both are outacted by ingénue-with-a-heart-of-tin Joan Leslie. In the latter, Bogart plays Dashiel Hammett’s private detective Sam Spade, trying to discover the fate of the titular object; along the way, he is outacted by just about every other cast member, from Mary Astor’s is-she-for-real dame-in-distress to Best Supporting Actor Academy Award nominee Sydney Greenstreet. John Huston
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BFI London Film Festival: Treasures Of The Archives

As British film fans are undoubtedly aware, the 55th BFI London Film Festival is almost upon us. Running from 12th to 27th October, the UK’s premier film event has a startling line-up of 300 feature-length and short films, and will showcase talent from all around the world.

Much has been made of the festival’s big hitters, such as Fernando Meirelles’ 360, Terence DaviesThe Deep Blue Sea, and Alexander Payne’s The Descendants, but what viewers may not realise is that the festival will be screening a range of classics to compliment its vast array of new talent.

This special strand of the London Film Festival, will see the BFI delve into famous vaults to bring viewers the ‘Treasures of the Archives’, a collection of 15 classic, seminal, and influential works. Here are just some of the highlights to be screened at the BFI’s National Film Theatre:

America America (1963)

Director: Elia Kazan

Cast: Stathis Giallelis,
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New Blu-ray and DVD Releases: Sept. 6th

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Rank the week of September 6th’s Blu-ray and DVD new releases against the best films of all-time: New Releases X-men: First Class

(Blu-ray & DVD | PG13 | 2011)

Flickchart Ranking: #91

Win Percentage: 64%

Times Ranked: 16606

Top-20 Rankings: 109

Directed By: Matthew Vaughn

Starring: James McAvoyMichael FassbenderKevin BaconJennifer LawrenceRose Byrne

Genres: Action • Based-on-Comics • Comic-Book Superhero Film • Fantasy • Science Fiction • Sci-Fi Action

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(Blu-ray & DVD | PG13 | 2011)

Flickchart Ranking: #570

Win Percentage: 60%

Times Ranked: 5675

Top-20 Rankings: 19

Directed By: Joe Wright

Starring: Saoirse RonanEric BanaCate BlanchettTom HollanderOlivia Williams

Genres: Action • Action Thriller • Crime • Crime ThrillerHitman / Assassin Film • Mystery • Thriller

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Everything Must Go

(Blu-ray & DVD | R | 2011)

Flickchart Ranking: #5694

Win Percentage: 53%

Times Ranked: 854

Top-20 Rankings: 2

Directed By: Dan Rush

Starring: Will FerrellRebecca HallLaura DernMichael PeñaStephen Root

Genres: Comedy Drama • Drama

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Last Night

(Blu-ray & DVD | R | 2010)

Flickchart Ranking: #7377

Win Percentage:
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Van Johnson Dies At Age 92

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One of Hollywood's last living actors associated with the glory days of the film industry has passed away. Van Johnson, one of the industry's glamour boys, was 92 years old. Although he never broke through to superstardom, Johnson was a popular leading man whose career peaked in the 1950s. Generally relegated to playing romantic leads, Johnson's good looks might well have prevented him from getting more interesting roles. By the 1960s, he landed prominent roles in a few "A" list studio pictures like Wives and Lovers and Divorce, American Style but from there it was basically a downhill ride. Throughout the ensuing years, he appeared largely in B movies and little-seen Euro trash productions, though he did have a supporting role in Woody Allen's 1985 film The Purple Rose of Cairo. In a column about Johnson's career, Entertainment Weekly appropriately notes that the high point was his superb performance in the
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