Art Carney

The Ingredients is a column devoted to breaking down the components of a new film release with some focus on influential movies that came before. As always, these posts look at the entire plots of films and so include SPOILERS.  There are two films in particular that I thought about while watching Hyde Park on Hudson, the new historical film about an alleged love affair between President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (Bill Murray) and distant cousin Margaret “Daisy” Suckley (Laura Linney). Three films if you count Rushmore, due to the reunion of Murray and Olivia Williams, who plays First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, and the much-talked-about scene depicting a handjob in a car (not a bloody Jaguar, unfortunately), but I don’t consider this one to be an ingredient in the same way. The two that I do think of as more content-based precursors are Dave and The King’s Speech. Regarding the former, I’m surely highlighting the wrong film as an earlier instance of a leader and his wife who are all but legally separated behind closed doors, the wife fully aware of the husband’s mistresses. But Dave does involve the POTUS and First Lady, and Williams’s Eleanor did remind me at times of Sigourney Weaver’s character in the 1993 doppelganger comedy. There are very likely other dramas of adulterous true stories that relate more to the overall plot of Hyde Park. I haven’t seen the JFK-mistress movie An American Affair, which might more closely fit. But given that I really despised every moment […]

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With the entire original run of The Twilight Zone available to watch instantly, we’re partnering with Twitch Film to cover all of the show’s 156 episodes. Are you brave enough to watch them all with us? The Twilight Zone (Episode #47): “The Night of the Meek” (airdate 12/23/60) The Plot: An alcoholic department store Santa Claus (not played by Billy Bob Thornton) gets his wish when a mysterious bag full of everything lands at his feet. That’s right! Take a look at that original airdate, fans! It’s a Christmas episode! The Goods: Is it awesome that The Twilight Zone did a Christmas episode? Yes. The show traded in its aliens and magic contracts with Satan to deliver a classic television rite of passage. Every show does one, and this little sci-fi series that could is no exception. But of course, things are going to be a bit odd as snow falls in the Zone. Meet Henry Corwin (Art Carney). He’s a drunk. Instead of finding him at work, asking little boys and girls what they want for Christmas, you can find him at the local bar trying to snag one last plug of the hard stuff. He’s tough to root for, especially because he drags his inebriation in front of the children who beam with joy when they see the suit he wears and the figure it represents.

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