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The short answer: because Hollywood declared it so. Of course, that was before 1939 came along and actually became the unofficial greatest year of movies of all time, including the releases of Gone With the Wind, Stagecoach, The Wizard of Oz, Dark Victory, Wuthering Heights, Of Mice and Men, Ninotchka, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Love Affair and Goodbye, Mr. Chips. And those were just the Best Picture nominees, excluding The Rules of the Game, The Women and Gunga Din and many more. Well, 1938 did have Bringing Up Baby, Holiday, Jezebel and Best Picture winner You Can’t Take It With You, which I honestly adore. Yeah, there’s something of an imbalance there. The claim that 1938 was the greatest came before the year was through as part of a marketing campaign to get Americans back to the movies. It was still the Great Depression, and by some theories that should’ve meant people sought out more escapist entertainment with whatever spending money they could manage, but the fact was that radio was enough of a distraction and it was free. In spite of a contest gimmick tie-in that I would love to see done today (with or without the cash prize), the plan was a big failure, according to Karina Longworth on the latest episode of her You Must Remember This podcast.

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Why Watch? Whether you agree or disagree with the Occupy Movement‘s messages or goals, it’s still fascinating to see how our culture and our political structures are dealing with a mass demonstration in our time. This, clearly (but cleverly) one-sided short documentary takes footage from the latest ouster of the protesters from Zuccotti Park and inserts a stirring, ironical melody behind it. Draw your own conclusions. What does it cost? Just 3 minutes of your time. Check out The Raid on Zuccotti Park for yourself:

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Every day, come rain or shine or internet tubes breaking, Film School Rejects showcases a trailer from the past. This political thriller is so damned good that includes Frank Sinatra kung fu chopping, Janet Leigh wearing a giant playing card, and Angela Lansbury playing a total bitch. Seriously. They turn the sweetest woman on the planet into a manipulative asshole, and it’s brilliant. Plus, this trailer is classic in its invocation of the classic “Don’t miss the beginning of the film” command. Oddly enough, there’s zero dialogue here in the advertising, but it’s oddly effective. At least I want to go watch it right now. Think you know what it is? Check the trailer out for yourself:

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What is Movie News After Dark? This is a question that I am almost never asked, but I will answer it for you anyway. Movie News After Dark is FSR’s newest late-night secretion, a column dedicated to all of the news stories that slip past our daytime editorial staff and make it into my curiously chubby RSS ‘flagged’ box. It will (but is not guaranteed to) include relevant movie news, links to insightful commentary and other film-related shenanigans. I may also throw in a link to something TV-related here or there. It will also serve as my place of record for being both charming and sharp-witted, but most likely I will be neither of the two. I write this stuff late at night, what do you expect?

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We take a look at the hundred-year history of Robin Hood in film and discover that Sean Connery seems to be the common thread.

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I want that hat.

Martin Scorsese has his next project in development, complete with a screenwriter and a famous crooner as his subject. Now who should play Old Blue Eyes?

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If you’re just in the mood for a fun movie that could teach us all a lesson about what it means to be cool (and what might happen if you hide millions of dollars of stolen money in your friend’s coffin), it’s a solid choice.

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The Rat Pack Ultimate Collector

Do you love The Rat Pack? Yeah, so do we. That is why we’ve rounded up a few copies of the recently released Ultimate Collector’s Edition Box set to give away free to our beloved readers.

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