Classic Films

Simon has already weighed in on Moonrise Kingdom – his first Cannes film of 2012 – but we check in with him to see what 6 films he’s looking forward to the most. Plus,’s Peter Hall faces off against Landon Palmer in the Movies News Pop Quiz, and we end up asking important questions about repertory screenings. Will the films of the future digitally last forever? Download Episode #134


If you live in a smaller town or city, far from any big cultural centers, the prospect of going out to the movies can often be pretty depressing. It’s likely that you’ve got at least one 30-theater multiplex nearby, which seems like it should do the trick, but when you look at their listings you find that 10 of their theaters are playing the new awful action movie, 10 are playing the new awful romantic comedy, and 10 are playing some sort of CG cartoon for kids. That’s fine if you go to the movies every once in a while, just to eat popcorn and play grabass in the dark with somebody special, but for people those of us serious about watching new movies, the multiplex can start to look like a bleak wasteland. Don’t give up though, there might be hope for us outlanders yet. Social tech start-ups have been changing the way we do everything over the past five years or so, from how we talk to our friends, to how we find someplace to eat, to how we catch a cab, to how we consume the news. And soon, thanks to a new service called Tugg, they might be changing the way we go to the movies. What this service does is let you set up an account, connect with other film fans, and start choosing what movies come to the theaters in your town. Think of it like a fundraising platform, but for movie screenings.


As do many things on the internet, this completely official-looking Google Document titled “Spielberg’s Curriculum” is working its way around twitter and RSS feeds like a beautiful virus. It originated in some dark corner of the planet, but it was first written about by screenwriter Scott Myers over at Go Into the Story. It was sent to him by guest writer for the site/guy hustling hard to work in the business, Nate Winslow (who is sadly not Carl Winslow’s son). It was apparently sent to Nate by “someone” over twitter. The point? It’s not exactly verified that this is the list that Spielberg uses to cut the wheat from the chaff (considering that he also famously shows people movies while working on movies with them). But, all of that curriculum nonsense is just a hook for what turns out to be a phenomenal list of movies from 12 Angry Men to The Young Lions (alphabetically, not chronologically). Check out that last link and see how many you’ve seen (my number was a paltry 121), and you can always brush up on older films by reading Old Ass Movies where we’ve covered a handful of the films on this thing.

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published: 04.16.2014
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