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Stanley Kubrick has appeared in the credits for at least 17 films since his death in 1999. How is that possible? There’s a ton of people thanking him and making movies about him. His influence stretches even beyond his impressive body of work. The infamous control freak has taken us to the Overlook Hotel, to a War Room where there’s no fighting, on an odyssey in space and beyond. He’s an indelible part of the film conversation who had a rare gift for challenging conventions while embracing components of traditional commercial filmmaking. Last Friday’s Short Film of the Day was a hint at which director this column would take on next, so here it is: a free bit of film school (for fans and filmmakers alike) from a chaotic mind with a gorgeous eye. Or, as Kirk Douglas put it, “a talented shit.”

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Moms Mabley was born Loretta Mary Aiken 31 years after the Emancipation Proclamation and 69 years before Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream Speech,” to say nothing of the women’s movement and the sexual revolution. She was a bad ass that spoke her mind and managed to make it funny. Now, according to Variety, Whoopi Goldberg plans on making a documentary of the triple X-rated trailblazer. “She could say stuff that nobody else could say. She talked about homosexuality, she talked about ageism, she talked about racism. She could be really risque, and she did all these great double-entendre jokes and talked about all this stuff without using one bad word,” said Goldberg. The project will be called I Got Somethin’ To Tell You and will chronicle Mabley’s career from the 1930s through the 1970s. It’s an admirable project with a hell of a subject. For just a taste, here’s Mabley asking if you’ve ever heard the one about the woman who asked her husband to buy her a bra:

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Psycho Alfred Hitchcock 50 Years

In 1999, I was suffering from the early waves of insomnia. Almost every night, I would try to count sheep or hum softly, but on most nights I succumbed to turning on my television to see what might lull me into sleep. Fortunately, my insomnia lasted well into the Fall when I ended up turning on the television one particular night and catching a black and white film that would change my life.

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blairwitchsequel

Ed Sanchez and Dan Myrick want to take us back into the woods. Is there anyway on earth we should trust them again? Should we leave bread crumbs behind?

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Star Trek Review

A complete Trek Virgin gives his perspective: Star Trek showcases the brilliance of science fiction: building a universe that is different from our own and filling it with people that are just like us.

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