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6 Degrees Film Roundup for June: Judy Garland at 100!

The best of…The “best of” films are sometimes hard to find! Because people have different tastes and some bad “B” movies are the ones you really might be in the mood for some nights. I had a friend who worked in the old movie rental stores, and people would come in looking for something different. They would complain when she recommended films to people that were just not right for them. And that seems to be the way of it. Everyone has different tastes and standards, and it’s hard to find something to agree on with “Family Film Night!” That’s why you end up watching documentaries like “Call of the Wild.” What may be hilariously funny to you can leave others cold. And it’s the same with film reviews. I’ve seen people complain about bad reviews that just loved the films that I or others have panned. It’s a subjective thing-the subject of movies and especially “Best of!” Judy Garland at 100   For films of Judy Garland, the most beloved is one of my personal favorites. The Wizard of Oz has so much in the way of talent and beauty and it is a very family-friendly film. And yet, the fantasy takes you to places that Lord of the Rings lovers would agree are timeless. The realm of Oz is a fictional land of fantasy that really represents so much that is ‘the best’ of Hollywood. The Wizard of Oz captures the essence of what Hollywood can be at its heights. And it was made in a year that has come to be considered the ‘height’ of the Golden age of film. The year 1939 saw so many great films made, that stacks of books have been written about it. That was how Judy Garland came to be first seen, and then univerally beloved on celluloid. Some recommendations for her best performances include Wizard of  Oz as well as Meet me in St Louis and In the Good Old Summertime. The Harvey Girls is one of the #MeToo films for women who can see what women were depicted on screen in a favorable light during the Golden Age of Film. They were not always simply objects and there were so many great performances from strong female leads that it is important to highlight them. Some of Judy Garland’s later performances showed a complete metamorphosis of her character and physical appearance that it is almost startling. Judgment at Nuremberg is one of the darker appearances, but Montgomery Clift is even more pronounced in his character. TCM Highlights   For lovers of film noir, two favorites that have been shown frequently of late are Laura with Gene Tierney and The Big Sleep with Bogart and Bacall.  And those who can take a dose of dark humor, Kubrick’s classic Dr Strangelove is shown (with scenes that are unfortunately almost too real for these dark political times!) The Armchair Film Fest This month, those who love summer films may also enjoy some of the Bad B’s. Forbidden Planet is a sci-fi classic that is campy, but not really in the same category as the formulaic bad movies that make the grade! Plan 9 from Outer Space is a must-see, as well as the Attack of the 50-Foot Woman. There is also one called The Wild, Wild Planet which looks as if it fits the bill and checks every box for Bad B! Later this month, Mel Gibson fans can see a film fest that includes the original Mad Max (which also fits into the Bad B category with its dubbed dialogue for Mel making it completely campy!) Also, Mrs Soffel, (with a real-life sad version of this film recently seen in the news, as Soffel is also based on a true story of a woman seduced into helping a convict escape from prison.) The Year of Living Dangerously is one of director Peter Weir’s best, and also foreshadows the darker elements of Mel Gibson’s true character in this story. And on the subject of ‘bad boys,’  James Dean is seen on TCM in two of his big hits made during his short life. Rebel without a cause and Giant are both very good films. And I’ve often speculated about where the rebel character would have taken him in his film career. The James Dean Legacy in Film is a chapter in my book, 6  Degrees of Film, with the theory that Paul Newman and Steve McQueen  ended up taking over the mantle of Rebel that was Dean’s Legacy. They were the stars in the roles he would have been offered as the dark and mixed-up youth becomes the troubled young man and finally a haunted and despairing loner in later life. Friday Flix Recommends… Our online magazine, Friday Flix, highlights some of the revisionist westerns, including one of my all-time favorites, Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid. There’s a piece on some of Judy Garland’s ‘best films’ (See above!) And a beginner’s guide to American Film Noir. That is a new way to cover noir, (Noir means dark in French!) Noir is noir, and that can be American or French or any other combination of the above. In 6 Degrees of Film, there’s a chapter on the rise of Film Noir. It was a movement that gave a voice to many returning from war who were looking for meaning. And it also catapulted stars such as Humphrey Bogart to fame. That’s all for now film friends. Don’t forget to follow us each week at the newly re-vamped 6 Degrees of Film Facebook page! And sign up for the newsletter to receive updates and downloads from 6 Degrees of Film. Until next time, have a great summer vacation and see you at the movies!

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6 Degrees Round Up: Summer Films of 2022

For this month’s edition of 6 Degrees Round Up, we feature a look at the Summer Films of 2022. And also, we are offering a new download for all of our Film News followers!  6 Degrees of Film: The future of Film in the Global Village is celebrating its ten-year anniversary soon! And to celebrate, some of the best excerpts of the book are available as downloads for friends to enjoy. Star Wars Timeline! The Star Wars Addendum is available to all in honor of Star Wars Day this May! Click here to sign up for our Round-up and to download your Star Wars timeline. Some of the other things on our radar this month include the hunt for the new James Bond. Here is an article from 6 Degrees that talks about the very unlikely personality that shaped author Ian Fleming’s view of James Bond in the flesh! Friday Flix is filled with some of the latest articles that give us a glimpse into some of the behind-the-scenes discussions that shape some of the greatest films ever brought to the screen. Openculture.com shares some of the conversations and letters between Stanley Kubrick & Arthur C Clarke that begat the classic 2001: A Space Odyssey. The Cannes Film Festival has wrapped up, and Far Out Magazine features a look at 15 of the greatest films that ever won the prized Palme d’Or award. And there is a look at the year 1982, which, much like the year 1939, has proven to be a pivotal one for creating classic films. Summer Film News Here are some of the most-anticipated films to debut this summer of 2022 Downton Abbey: A New Era on May 20 This is a continuation of the hit PBS series and has the added boon of returning Dame Maggie Smith for another round of playing the aristocratic matriarch of the family, complete with pithy put-downs! In June   Jurassic World: Dominion on June 10 Another return of an Old Faithful series where dinosaurs are now roaming the earth…. this film features some of the original cast returning: Sam Neill, Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum! Lightyear on June 17 Buzz Lightyear is an astronaut, but not the exact same one we know from Toy Story! This one is an origin story of sorts from Pixar.  Buzz is going on an ‘intergalactic adventure’ with a group of recruits plus his robot companion. Elvis  on June 24 The Baz Luhrman directed Biopic has received good ‘buzz’ from early reviews. It details Elvis’s rise to fame in the fifties through the lens of his relationship with his music mentor and manager, Colonel Tom Parker, who is played by Tom Hanks! In July   Minions: The Rise of Gru  on July 1 Steve Carell is the voice of 12 year old Gru in this origin story set back in the seventies. Gru joins a gang of criminal masterminds, the Vicious 6. Whey they fire their leader, Gru ‘interviews’ to become the newest member of the team.   Thor: Love & Thunder on July 8 This is a superhero film based on Marvel Comic’s Thor. Thor is called out of early retirement to face Gorr the God Butcher, played by Christian Bale. Where the Crawdads Sing on July 15 From the best selling 2018 novel by Delia Owens,  this is about a woman who was abandoned by her family and forced to live alone, fending for herself out in the woods. She becomes a suspect in the murder of a man she had been in love with. Nope on July 22 This is Jordan Peele’s Sci-Fi Horror film return that tells the story of sibling horse trainers who come into contact with a mysterious force lurking on their California ranch. Bullet Train on July 29 Brad Pitt stars in this  thriller based on a 2010 novel “Maria Beetle”  It’s about five assassins who are on a bullet train from Tokyo who find that all of their assignments are inter-connected. In August Secret Headquarters on August 5 Owen Wilson stars in this film about a hidden lair under a kid’s home that seems to belong to a superhero. After sharing the secret with some friends, the boy starts to think that his estranged father just might have a secret double life! Beast on Aug 19 Idris Elba stars in this thriller about man visiting a game reserve in South Africa with his daughters, where they subsequently become prey to a dangerous lion stalking them! Three Thousand Years of Longing on August 31 George Miller directs and once again, Idris Elba stars in this epic romantic fantasy about a woman who finds a djinn, and is offered three wishes in exchange for his freedom. Children’s Films    Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank on July 15 This animated tale is about a dog named Hank who is trained to be a samurai by his cat mentor, Jimbo (Voice of Samuel L Jackson). The plot, loosely derived from Mel Brooks’ 1974 hit comedy Blazing Saddles,  revolves around a villainous cat named Ika Chu who wants to destroy their village! DC League of Super Pets on July 29 This 3D-animated film is about Superman’s Dog Krypto. When the Justice League is kidnapped, Krypto is exposed to Kryptonite and stripped of his powers. Now, he must teach another dog, plus a pig, a squirrel and a turtle how to save the day! That’s all for this edition! Please join us each week on 6 Degrees of Film @the Movies as we look at the latest news from the world of film. We work hard to present historical facts and fascinating peaks from behind the scenes of the Golden Age of Film each week. Friday Flix is our magazine that is created exclusively for film fans to find out more from directors, actors and writers who helped create the artistic and graphic worlds we love to visit and explore in film. Till next time, have a wonderful Memorial Day

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6 Degrees Film Round-up for April

This April, 6 Degrees is focusing on the great films that are found on the small screen. Our big screen blockbusters have often been eclipsed by the amount of content that has been available to everyone through streaming and all the online services. Even the Oscar winner CODA made history (which was overshadowed by ‘the slap!,’ by being released through a streaming platform and not a traditional studio. Another big event was the Best Director Oscar going to a woman for the third time! There is change afoot, but it is always a bit slow… Turner Classic features Strong Women on Film   There are always great movies with strong female leads on Turner Classic. This month, my favorite picks are Ninotchka, The Harvey Girls, The Philadelphia Story and Rachel & the Stranger. The Harvey Girls and Rachel & the Stranger deal with the real-life background stories of women who were true pioneers. The Harvey Girls were women who had the courage to move out west and try to bring ‘civilization’ to the rough and tumble world that existed past the Mississippi River! And Rachel & the Stranger dealt with the reality that occurred when your spouse died. It meant that the need to replace a strong worker was real, and it came before love or romance or anything else when you were out on a farm on the lone prairie! The Philadelphia Story is beloved for the scene where Cary Grant thinks better of assaulting his ex-wife and instead pushes her down. This is one of those controversial moments in old films. because it would be considered an acceptance of violent acts against women in modern times. In this case, it somehow fits the storyline and also tells us that there are and were characters such as Katherine Hepburn, who could fight back with words as well as deeds to make the men appear small! And Ninotchka is well-known from the Golden Age of Hollywood for the great publicity line, “Garbo Laughs!” This was a rarity in Garbo’s career, as she didn’t appear in many comedies.   Books on Film   For National Library Week, we have tried to highlight the many great books that have been written about film. Some are listed on the website and each Friday, in 6 Degrees of Film at the Movies, we feature the best recommended blogs as well as books and reviews on film. This week, we have recommended some books I love including “Film Noir” -edited by Alain Silver & Elizabeth Ward. There’s a great pictorial guide from Life Magazine-“Life goes to the Movies.”  And “The Story of Film” is a short history of film by Mark Cousins. There’s one with all sorts of great stories from films Golden Age called “The Great Movie Stars” from David Shipman. Another reference volume I love is “The Movies,” from Griffith & Mayer. Another good read for writers is “Writers in Hollywood” by Ian Hamilton.  And one of the more recent books that I really like is from Alicia Malone: “Girls on Film: Lessons from a Life of Watching Women in Movies.”  And finally, of course you can take a short walk through the history of film with my own “6 Degrees of Film: The Future of Film in the Global Village. ”  We are celebrating our ninth year in publication with a new Ebook Addendum out soon! From the Friday Flix Files   Finally, on the topic of resources for film, there is our Friday Flix magazine.  Friday Flix has a mix of articles on the Golden Age of film as well as news about the latest adventures in Hollywood (Yes, the ‘slap’ is there as well!) Some of the latest not-to-miss topics include: Life Changing Movies: The Atlantic delves into the question of what elements can make a movie life changing; And from my book, I have a post about films that did affect my life. Some films can definitely be life-changing… Coen Brothers: The unique film-making qualities that comprise the films made by the Coen Brothers are the reason that their films have been so successful. In this piece, there are ten tips that make their films stand out from the rest… Critics Choice: One of the unique tidbits that we found out this past week concerned the invention of the “Two thumbs up” sign for a movie’s success or failure. Siskel & Ebert were the great film critics out of Chicago who dominated the film review industry for years. Ebert’s widow, Chaz, has put together a special article that lists some of the reasons that Roger Ebert was one of the great film critics of all time. 50 Years of The Godfather: Friday Flix features several articles celebrating the fifty years since one of America’s most beloved films made its debut. Some facts about the making, some behind-the-scenes look from the cast members and some thoughtful pieces that try to pinpoint why this film has made such a powerful impact upon the psyche of our lives and times. How Star Wars changed the Film Industry   And finally, Cine-vue.com has a piece that marks the definitive ways in which Star Wars has impacted and changed the film industry since its 1975 debut. That is also one of the sections that is covered in my book, “6 Degrees of Film.” Here is a short excerpt: “…Peter Bogdanovich said, “There’s a general juvenilization of movies that’s happened over the last ten years that’s pretty scary. The other day, somebody read a script that I was working on and said, ‘Oh, I get it: This is an adult comedy.’ I said, ‘What do you mean—that it’s a comedy FOR adults?  He said, ‘No, no, no, it’s a comedy ABOUT adults.’ Most of the comedies, the rest of the comedies, are about kids. I think a lot of things have gone wrong. Movies are far less complex in their structure and in their execution than they’ve ever been.” In their defense, let’s remember Spielberg

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Five Favorite Things for March!

The month of March is filled with fun and happiness. 6 Degrees website is celebrating all month long with ways to “Find your Laughing Place.”  Our Irish heritage is able to sync with the fun and spirit of Mardi Gras as we begin the month on Fat Tuesday, March 1st this year! We will continue the party with friends & family who have always loved celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. This year, the fun begins on Wednesday, March 16th (My Mom’s birthday!)….and we continue the celebration on Thursday, March 17th the “official’ St. Patrick’s Day Holiday!. Here are the dates and some more of our favorite things in March to count down the many ways to find your own personal laughing place! Number One: Mardi Gras! Tuesday, March 1st begins the month right with Mardi Gras! Celebrating the spirit and energy that is unleashed each year in the city of New Orleans, we will be following along on Facebook, so join us at 6 Degrees Writer…And remember to sign up for our Lent series each Sunday: Spiritual Signs of Spring. Number Two: Hug your Dog Day  Hug your Dog Day is Thursday, March 10th. And of course, we hug our special pooches every day we can! This is an exciting new page and special Facebook page for 6 Degrees also. We will feature the downloadable Memorial Journal, for those of us who remember and never forget our friends who crossed the Rainbow Bridge.  And along with our monthly magazine, “Doggie in the Window,” our new products page will also have a special place for mugs & T-shirts & Totes that our personalized with pictures of your favorite Fido! After all, our dogs are always the gateways to find our true laughing place!   Number Three: Let’s Laugh! National Let’s Laugh Day is Saturday, March 19th. I don’t know about you, but some of the best things in life for me are those moments when I can laugh with friends and think of the good times we’ve shared.   The International Day of Happiness is also celebrated that day! So let’s remember to laugh and celebrate…and join us on Facebook and Social Media as we are looking for stories about some of the funniest women you know in your life (I have some doozies!). Of course there are funny men and women…but we are honoring women this month with National Women’s Month too!   Number Four: Mindfulness comes with World Water Day World Water Day is Tuesday, March 22nd. Brown Bag Organics will be launching our special page dedicated to celebrating our abundance of water. One of our many blessings living in a country with so many abundant things is our land, with water as a precious commodity to be shared and conserved!   Number Five: The Oscars are here! Sunday March 27th It’s one of the most wonderful times of the year for those of us who celebrate film and love all the trappings that go with the Oscar Presentation! At 6 Degrees of Film, it’s hard to believe our book is nine years old this year! And the blog posts we present monthly of film round-ups, plus our weekly Facebook posts and the E-book of “The 100” are all a part of the ongoing celebration of film! Check out our new products pages where you can order special T-shirts, mugs & totes with 6 Degrees of Film logos as well as those featuring some of your favorite movie posters and stars from the past! And don’t forget to sign up for the latest in film right here… I am remembering that old poem that goes something like, “The world is so full of a number of things, I’m sure we should all be as happy as kings.” (Robert Louis Stevenson) And though we all face trials and tribulations in our lives, there are some moments that need to be carved out to celebrate and enjoy and simply have fun and laugh! Here is hoping that March brings many such days to your doorstep, friends, and that you will look for more ways to find your “laughing place!”   “Part with self-conceit, for it is impossible for anyone to begin to learn what he thinks he already knows”– Epictetus

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6 Degrees: Fall Film News

Hello Film Fans! Welcome to the Fall film News from 6 Degrees of Film. This edition is chock full of news you can use. The fall films that are opening soon are featured, as well as some of the top issues we have discussed in past newsletters and throughout the pandemic. Sign up to receive 6 Degrees Round up in your box each month. Here’s what’s happening: About Hollywood & the Chinese Fandom Hollywood studios are hoping to be able to incorporate the growth of the burgeoning middle class of Chinese and Eastern countries with films such as the latest Marvel offering “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.” Chloe Zhao, the first woman of color to win an Oscar for Best Director, will debut as the director of the new Marvel film, The Eternals, opening in November. ScreenRant offers their theory of why it took 20 years to make the latest Marvel comic film. The Great White Hope The Question is this. If there was a vote among top critics and fans, who might be the greatest American actor making films in the 21st Century? After passing the mantle of Nicholson and De Niro, there really is only one choice. Leonardo Di Caprio is the obvious pick.  Nicolas Cage is a contender for the title, as Tom Hanks is really the  everyman’s answer to the quintessential all-American film star. Hanks is a great actor, probably more in the mold of Jimmy Stewart. The Motion Picture Museum opens in L.A! Excitement for the Motion Picture Academy’s new Museum surrounds the iconic memorabilia on display such as Dorothy’s slippers from “The Wizard of Oz” and all the costumes from classics like “Gone with the Wind” or the original “Star Wars.”  Read more about the September 30th opening in the LA Times’  “The Ultimate Film Lovers’ guide to the Academy.” Some Random Film News Martin Scorsese talks about his favorite filmmaker (Spoiler: It’s Stanley Kubrick…Me Too, Martin!) AFI (American Film Institute) has honored the legendary film director Billy Wilder. Check out some of his films listed on TCM such as “The Apartment” and “Some Like it Hot.” Clint Eastwood is also being honored.  Some of his best roles are celebrated, including the iconic Spaghetti Westerns like ‘The Good, The Bad & the Ugly” as well as his Dirty Harry series. Films that fit well together: We can’t help noticing that the concept of the idea of double features of similar themes runs parallel in some ways to the concept of 6 Degrees Films. Films that go together are part of the 6 Degrees of Film book (Sign up to download “The List of 100 Films”) Books to read on Film Hayley Mills, a huge favorite child star of mine and countless other teenagers from the fifties and sixties, has written a memoir of her life as a Disney starlet entitled “Forever Young.” Other books of note include, “How 1940’s critics changed Film Culture,” which is reviewed on David Bordwell’s site.  Out of the Past website recommends “Cecil B DeMille’s Hollywood.”  Finally there is a book coming out about another huge favorite of mine entitled:  “Steve McQueen: In his own Words” The Multiverse within the Universe The Eternals debut will again set off debates within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. For one thing, there are certain rules that apply within the Cinematic Universe. And they are rules that we apparently need to know!; The Multiverse rules include the recent fact that (Spoiler here!)…the Sacred Timeline was split into multiple directions, thus causing the creation of a multiverse. Apparently, there’s no one to stop it now! The Streaming Wars Streaming vs In-person premieres is an ongoing debate within Hollywood. We also have come to terms with how the movie industry has been changed forever…by the Pandemic and COVID. Forbes critic Scott Mendelson takes a look at “Tenet” and it’s disappointing box office returns.  Yet somehow “Tenet” has become a benchmark for new releases to aspire to! Finally in the streaming wars,  the gross for Black Widow further muddies the waters of the theater vs streaming debate. Here’s a quote on the Future of Film The following quote about the future of film-making comes from my 2013 book,  6 Degrees of Film:  “…The Industrial Light & Magic studios sprang from the creative genius of George Lucas. ILM was all about technology, and using it as a tool. Their future technology dream was “…of an interactive experience that would enable participants to explore virtual worlds or even inhabit the form of computer graphics characters. controlling the action with a joystick. “ ILM veterans also projected that in the future, theaters would “be able to use an electronic or laser-light projection system.” There was speculation that the many theaters would not be able to afford such an expensive process. However, the post-Covid world is not going to be one where there is a movie theater on every corner! Another article asks: Is Cinema Dead Again?…. and goes on to add, “…’no other art form has died as consistently as the cinema.’ Critics are always proclaiming it dead… Another post talks of  changes in how cinema works. For example, there are ways in the future of making the Marvel films more interactive. What does that mean? We could, in essence, ‘live’  inside the movies!  Virtual models and 3D Renderings are explored in another piece on the future of film-making, and it sounds very similar to the predictions that we saw from ILM over a decade ago! Pioneering women of #MeToo: The Strong women In my book, I write quite a bit about the many strong and pioneering women in Hollywood who stood up to the ‘man’ and were able to make their voices heard. This article from Entertainment Weekly  talks about Olivia de Havilland and her fight from the 1940’s where she took on the all-powerful studio system in Hollywood-and won. Here’s a quote from 6 Degrees of Film: “Olivia de Havilland also fought studio bosses, winning a landmark decision

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6 Degrees August Film Round Up: @ the Movies!

This week, the world of film is still trying to reflect the culture with notions of how to open up movie theatres and how to portray a world that is changing so quickly! One of the topics in the 2013 book I wrote, 6 Degrees of Film: The Future of Film in the Global Village, was to ask what the nature of films and moviegoing would be like in the coming century. That question has been answered in part with the many ways we now view films. But the question of how to watch movies, streaming or live and in-person,  and which films are going to be classics and designated as ‘art’ is another matter! Forbes’ critic Scott Mendelson wrote recently about how Hollywood is seemingly ‘killing’ the idea of a leading man in films. Mendelson’s argument seems to be that when Hollywood tries to push the ‘next big thing’ in terms of a big Hollywood movie star on the viewing public, they do so by using old, stale serial formula films.  They also, according to Mendelson, wipe out the promise of diversity in casting to find the next Will Smith or another actor of his talent and potential. As that argument goes, we still have an ongoing pursuit of the next big thing in terms of who will play James Bond or who will star in the countless upcoming comic-book genre films. So that argument will be with us for a while! Film Festival Season continues…along with Covid! Meanwhile, the Film Festivals of 2021 are still going on despite the continuing threat of COVID.  The Sundance Film Festival will require all in-person attendees to be vaccinated. And the return of movie theaters has been tamped down a bit as the new Delta Variant also hits towns and theatres near you.  It looks like the drive-in movie business will thrive a bit longer, and that is a good thing! The films of 2021 so far… This week, Rotten Tomatoes has already started their list of the best action movies of 2021. And that list, though not a traditional action film, includes one of the more interesting films to be released in recent weeks, The Green Knight, starring Dev Patel. Another notable opening is the film Annette, with Adam Driver. This one is a quirky kind of musical, billed as an odd ‘rock opera’ when it debuted recently at Cannes Film Festival. And add to the mix one of the biggest stories surrounding the  Black Widow film opening is the fact that Scarlett Johansson sued Disney for streaming the film too early and breaking her contract. Which continues the argument that streaming vs. in-theatre openings is guaranteed to be a debate that will be with us for some time, both in and out of court! Opening in August Some of the most anticipated films that audiences were waiting for this August, according to Rotten Tomatoes, include thrillers like The Night House and Don’t Breathe, both set for August debuts. At 6 Degrees, we highlighted Candyman, which is a sequel to the 1992 classic. And for all of the Beatles lovers out there, the documentary from Peter Jackson, Get Back, will open later this month. From Turner Classic Movies in August… This month, Turner Classic is featuring some classic westerns that are must-see for all movie buffs and western film fans. I have often touted the fact that Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid has one of the best screenplays ever written. It comes from the late, great William Goldman who coined that phrase in the book of his life in Hollywood:  “Adventures in the Screen Trade.” Here’s the quote from Goldman: “…Nobody knows anything…Not one person in the entire motion picture field knows for a certainty what’s going to work. Every time out is a guess, and if you’re lucky, an educated one.” Goldman also penned The Princess Bride and A Bridge Too Far (which is also showing this month on TCM!) In addition to Butch Cassidy, the other recommended western is The Big Country, featuring Gregory Peck. Peck shines in this part which is completely different from the morally upright character he portrayed in his most famous role of Atticus Finch. Yet somehow, Peck’s moral courage and strength of character are the reasons this western stands apart from the typical shoot-em-up variety. TCM: The Pioneer women of Film Before #MeToo there were several stalwart and strong women role models who regularly appeared in films. One of these pioneers was Katherine Hepburn. Hepburn is featured in a few of her best-known roles this month on TCM. One stand-out part is with her life-partner on and off screen, Spencer Tracy, who co-stars in Adam’s Rib. The other is The Lion in Winter with Peter O’Toole, whom she lovingly referred to as “Pig.” Jane Fonda, always outspoken, is shown in a part that highlighted her figure more than her political views in Barberella.  And Cat Ballou is another Western that is recommended, as it not only features Lee Marvin in his Academy Award winning comic turn, but singer Nat King Cole  appears as a wandering minstrel, telling the story musically in his ballad of Cat Ballou. TCM Comedy Highlights: The best of Abbot & Costello With their string of horror films spoofing the popular films of the day, Abbott & Costello meet Frankenstein is the one to watch. The best of their work is surprisingly, a movie where they are not partnered as a team. It’s The Time of their Lives, where Costello plays a ghost.  He is teamed with a young beautiful woman,  and together the duo must prove their innocence in order to leave their earthbound existence. The comic stylings have a bit of a ghostly turn in this one, and it gives both comics a chance to break from the by then tired mold of the straight man routine they had perfected.  That schtick featured their comic bantering of “Who’s on First?” variations in film after film…. 6 Degrees Magazine In the

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6 Degrees of Film: April Round-up with Oscar winners Past & Present!

Hello Film Fans! This weekend, 6 Degrees Round-Up looks at some of the past Oscar winners as well as the current Best Picture nominees list. And one of our favorite film writers from Forbes, Scott Mendelson, talks about the Cinematic power struggle that is taking place in our new world order of Cinema. The New Cinematic Order With Scott Mendelson’s first sentence, it’s a declaration of sorts about the way that it plays out for most Hollywood genres in the new Cinema Order of Dominance. Not only does China dominate in terms of market share and box office gross, but the old order of genres has been supplanted by the comic book movies from DC and Marvel. Any remaining categories are swallowed up by Disney, the elephant in the room in regard to the movies to keep on the radar. Cruella is the latest origin story from Disney, starring Emma Stone as the villainess with a love for Dalmation coats. Obscure Oscars: The Best Picture Nominees The new list for Best Picture nominees is comprised of some of the least well-known movies in the history of Oscar. Nomadland is one that has received a lot of critical praise. Other films in the group include Judas and the Black Messiah, Trial of the Chicago 7, Minari, Mank, The Father and Promising Young Woman. The final Best Picture nominee, Sound of Metal, made just $100,000 in ticket sales this past year.  The Academy will announce the winners on Sunday April 25th and again this year, there is no official guest host for the evening.   Top ten on Turner: Oscar worthy film list Turner Classic is trotting out their month-long Oscar worthy pictures with both nominees and some eventual winners included. A top ten list recommended for viewing from 6 Degrees includes; My Favorite Year: With Peter O’ Toole playing a self-parody of himself and other movie stars who may have swash-buckled their way to fame and fortune. To Be or Not to Be: This was comedienne and actress Carole Lombard’s last film and it’s a classic comedy directed by Ernst Lubitsch and co-stars Jack Benny. The Search is one of Montgomery Clift’s earlier films, and it’s worth seeing just to watch his acting style mature. And even with an albeit at times syrupy story, there are some moving moments in this tale of a young boy who has lost contact with his parents during World War II. Clift is the soldier who takes him in and helps him cope through the sadness of an apocalyptic landscape centered in post-war Europe. On the Waterfront features a young Marlon Brando acting without the added baggage of the Tennessee Williams’ play on his back. Brando is excellent in the part of a young man whose older brother, played by Rod Steiger, helps to run an operation of mob-connected, Union-busting thugs that dominate the docks and workers who try to buck the system. The Miracle Worker features an exceptional performance not only from a young Patty Duke, but the incomparable Anne Bancroft, who plays her teacher and savior, the unflappable woman named Anne Sullivan who is trying desperately to break through to a young child. That child is Helen Keller, who is faced with challenges of not only deafness but blindness as well. A Man for all Seasons is one of the rare films that swept the Academy Award field with nominations and winners. Best Actor for Paul Scofield, Best Picture of the Year and won Oscars for Best Director, screenplay and cinematography. The other film sweeps included One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, It Happened One Night, Ben-Hur and Titanic. Judgment at Nuremberg featured an all-star cast that included Judy Garland, Montgomery Clift and Spencer Tracy. The real-life story was so compelling, as with many of the stories on this list, because it combined fiction with elements of truth from the actual events of the Nuremberg trials. Inherit the Wind also stars Spencer Tracy in a fictionalized play that used the real-life elements of the Scopes Monkey Trial, the famous courtroom drama where Evolution was on trial. For something completely different: A Hard Days Night was so different at the time it was made, and it still stands out as one of the best rock musical films ever made. The documentary style elements of the black and white film worked so well because it was released in an era when New Wave Cinema gave us films like Breathless and 8 ½.  The Beatles were a new phenomenon and the hysteria surrounding their appearances were captured and still resonate a half-century later. 6 Degrees of Film Magazine Voyagers is a sci- fi thriller film that is reviewed on Ebert and in other online sites in 6 Degrees Magazine this week. The 25th Anniversary of the film for “Foodies”- The Big Night is marked with a review on RogerEbert.com. And Lin-Manuel Miranda talks about his much-anticipated new film based on his Broadway hit, In the Heights. Check it out this week in 6 Degrees of Film! Till next time, see you at the movies!-ML   Attention Film Fans! Sign up for the weekly Round-ups from 6 Degrees as well as the monthly posts and you’ll be eligible for our weekly giveaway all through the month of Oscars! 6 Degrees of Film: The Future of Film in the Global Village is going to be given to a winner each week through the month of April. In addition, all who sign up will receive the free download: “The 100 List” from our 6 Degrees book. Stay tuned and you’ll receive much more in coming months as we celebrate films and the month of Oscars!

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