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6 Degrees of Film: July Round-up at the Movies

Do you love movies as much as I do? If you do, then 6 Degrees of Film would like to invite you to sign up for our monthly film roundup and weekly news bulletins that feature the best articles and reviews from top film sites. When you sign up, you are eligible for notifications of special screenings as well as beautiful graphic images that we send periodically culled from the 6 Degrees of Film pages. We recently re-tooled our Facebook page, which promotes many of the classic films of the Golden Age of Film and links they share with modern films of the 21st Century. Linking up films of the past with films of the 21st Century is part of our mission here at 6 Degrees. We are always looking for connections, and each week we highlight top articles and news of current films to present to you in the online magazine, 6 Degrees of Film @ the Movies.  The Best at Turner Classic in July   This month, TCM has several films that connect with current movies in theaters. Elvis is the new Baz Luhrman rock bio that features Tom Hanks as Col Tom Parker. In the pantheon of Elvis films, ..Viva Las Vegas is one of his best and it is on TCM this month. For those who love strong women, one of the best performances from one of the strongest women performers of all time-Katherine Hepburn-is found in “The Lion in Winter” which is also being shown this month on TCM.   Armchair Film Fest Another 6 Degrees of Film favorite activity is the “Armchair Film Fest!” If you love films and don’t always have time to watch them now, you can record them for a weekend film fest to watch these classics at your leisure! A Rock Musical and a documentaryThe newly-famous Beatles star in and sing some of their early hits in the highly acclaimed black & white film, A Hard Day’s Night.  Bob Dylan is also filmed in black & white in this famous documentary look at his life in the sixties: Don’t Look Back. Steve McQueen Film Fest Steve McQueen has often been characterized as “The King of Cool.” And in these two films, which were both remade (and neither were nearly as good as the original), McQueen is seen in his heyday in Hollywood in The Thomas Crown Affair with Faye Dunaway & The Getaway with Ali McGraw. Stanley Kubrick Film Fest with Dr Strangelove and 2001: A Space Odyssey. Two of Kubrick’s most celebrated films are shown, and both are relevant for different reasons! Sadly, Strangelove can be connected with the current unrest in our political scene.  Who might have thought we would be saying that about a film script that was thought to be so absurd, that Stanley Kubrick said it could only be filmed as a comedy? As for 2001, much has also come true in terms of the many scientific breakthroughs that were foreshadowed in the film.  But 2001: A Space Odyssey had such an enigmatic and controversial ending, no one quite understood it at the time! We recommend this fascinating interview with the late director, Stanley Kubrick,  about the thinking behind the images and meaning of what ended up in the movie. Recommended reading in Friday Flix! The Bad B’s of Summer   Bikini Beach is just one entry in the long list of hilariously bad films that can make it to anyone’s ‘best of the bad B’s list….We are always looking for new entries, so if you have a nominee to add, please contact us or go to the FB page at 6 Degrees and leave us your thoughts! )It’s a very ‘fluid’ category)😊  And compare your list with ours that is always being updated in “The Bad B’s of Summer” Category. From 6 Degrees: Summer Film News The list of films that premiere in July & August : 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

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6 Degrees Holiday Film News: The Armchair Film Fest for December!

This month on Turner Classic Movies, I’m seeing a slew of favorites for those of us who love the idea of the “Armchair Film Fest.” I like to record several films from favorite directors and actors that are shown in one block to watch during the month. Last month it was Cary Grant, this month we are back to Hitchcock and another favorite actor, Humphrey Bogart. Bogey is in “Sabrina” with Audrey Hepburn in this 1954 comedy, as well as the classic Casablanca from 1942. Hitchcock is also prominent in December, with some of his best work featured in Psycho, The Birds, Rear Window, and Marnie with the late, great Sean Connery. Christmas Season For the Christmas season, there is the 6 Degree staple: The Shop Around the Corner. The reason it’s so apropos for 6 Degrees is that the film has been remade three times. The Shop around the Corner is the original and the remake with Judy Garland is called In the Good Old Summertime and was set as a musical in 1949. Finally, Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan remade it with “You’ve Got Mail” 6 Degrees of Film has some recommended posts from our own archives to recommend this month. We have a post on Casablanca, one on Lawrence of Arabia and on the legacy of James Dean in film. (Paul Newman and Steve McQueen films are both showing this month!) Comedy There is a bonanza of comedy gold this month (also on TCM),  with a full filmography for the funniest comic duo in history, Laurel & Hardy. There’s the first unofficial appearance of the pair in Putting Pants on Philip all the way through to the fifties when they were both past their prime. Some of the recommended records are: Laughing Gravy Putting Pants on Philip The Music Box Way out West  Brats Our Relations Towed in a Hole (I love this play on words as Stan Laurel was English and this is from their well-known breakfast Dish: “Toad in a Hole” which is sausages cooked in egg!) Other comedies of note for December on TCM include Ma & Pa Kettle at Home with Marjorie Main and The Long, Long Trailer, starring Lucille Ball & Desi Arnaz in a  1954 film made during their long running hit TV show: I Love Lucy. The afore-mentioned “Sabrina’ is also hilariously funny, one of Bogey’s few comedies. For those who may tire of Laurel & Hardy, there is one of Charlie Chaplin’s best silent films, The Gold Rush with Charlie in a cabin in Alaska where he is searching for gold while dreaming of a saloon girl and fighting to survive the harsh winter conditions. Westerns The Westerner is being shown on Dec 18th; Gary Cooper and Walter Brennan star in this Western from 1940. It’s a must-see for all those who love Cooper and Westerns. I particularly like this one as it isn’t shown as frequently as later films with Cooper. Walter Brennan excels as Judge Roy Bean, the man famous for his love of the theatre star Lillie Langtry. John Wayne stars in a Western directed by John Ford from 1940, The Three Godfathers.  It’s more of a spiritual departure for Wayne, who is one of three outlaws that learn the meaning of sacrifice when they become the guardians of a newborn baby and find themselves stranded in a barren desert. Three Godfathers was also made with Walter Brennan as one of the three outlaws in 1936. Strong Women: Pioneers in Hollywood 6 Degrees is always interested in highlighting performances from pioneering strong women in Hollywood. This month, there is one of my favorites, Myrna Loy, in the entire film fest of The Thin Man series shown on New Years Eve. You really cannot go wrong by ringing in the New Year with Nick and Nora Charles, the sleuths starring in an entire Thin Man movie marathon on New Years Eve. Other strong women highlighted include the great Marjorie Main, so funny in Ma & Pa Kettle at home. There is Katherine Hepburn in The Lion in Winter as well  as Guess who’s Coming to Dinner with Spencer Tracy. I feel the latter one is dated, but it’s worth seeing, as the climate of the times made this a particularly controversial subject of a black man wanting to marry a white woman. I love The Lion in Winter, but like The Outlaw Josey Wales and a few Cary Grant movies, I can’t watch it all the way through as I know all the dialogue! Spoiler alert: I’m a huge spoiler! There is also some interesting Turner Classic shows for those of us who love film and film criticism. Film buffs will know of the work of Pauline Kael, not only a strong woman writing in a man’s world and excelling, but also a damn fine film critic. She is featured in The Art of Pauline Kael, made in 2018. Along with it, another interesting piece from 2009 is For the Love of Movies: The story of American Film Criticism. The James Dean Legacy in Film The Thomas Crown Affair from 1968 stars Steve McQueen and Cool Hand Luke features Paul Newman.  These two films illustrate part of my long-running theory turned essay: The James Dean Legacy in film. Both these actors inherited the mantle of ‘cool’ and began their careers about the same time that James Dean did in the late fifties. So many of their later roles were in keeping with the type of loner/rebel character that James Dean was known for and became his legacy. 6 Degrees Magazine on Flipboard This week in 6 Degrees Magazine, there’s an interesting discussion on the history of the Marvel Movie Cinematic Universe on RogerEbert.com.  Also in the magazine, several posts talk about how the studios are still reeling from the most difficult period in the history of the film business.  Warner Bros. studios just announced that all of their new films will debut in online streaming format through 2021. 

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