Monday, July 28, 2014

Muriels Hall of Fame, Class of 2014: Double Indemnity (1944, Billy Wilder)

"Billy Wilder and his collaborators squeezed all the elements that tend to define noir into one deadly package, just as that genre was beginning to solidify. Yet I'd go one further than identifying Double Indemnity as a prime exemplar of noir style. I'd call it the single steamiest collision of eros and thanatos ever put to film. No other movie has made sex and death into such natural (and appealing) bedmates." ~ Andreas Stoehr

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Muriels Hall of Fame, Class of 2014: Tokyo Story (1953, Yasujiro Ozu)

"In its own absorbing, beautifully modulated way, Ozu's film acknowledges the horrors of the past and how they've been woven into the fabric of everyday life, somehow, miraculously, giving equal weight to both quiet despair and to hope, as well as for mourning on a grand and a very personal scale. In Tokyo Story, there's as much emotional impact in a lowering of a glance, or in the raising a cup of sake in the comfort of close, familiar quarters, as in the rampage of a radioactive sea monster." ~ Dennis Cozzalio

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Muriels Hall of Fame, Class of 2014: The Seven Samurai (1954, Akira Kurosawa)

"It is an adventure film AND a character study AND epic AND intimate AND an essay on how to live a moral life in a way that makes the segregation of our current cinematic landscape look petty indeed. Like all great cinema, The Seven Samurai makes the boundaries between genre and art cinema melt away and look utterly arbitrary." ~ Bryce Wilson

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Muriels Hall of Fame, Class of 2014: The Night of the Hunter (1955, Charles Laughton)

“It's difficult to think of another director who only directed one film having as much influence on cinema as Charles Laughton, but then again Laughton always was a singular figure. The Night of the Hunter, his one and only effort behind the camera, went on to inspire generations of filmmakers." ~ Danny Bowes

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Muriels Hall of Fame, Class of 2014: The 400 Blows (1959, Francois Truffaut)

"My 16 year old self connected profoundly to Antoine’s sense of societal injustice and adult hypocrisy. When the final freeze frame/close-up/zoom in happened I literally gasped. It felt like looking in a mirror. I, along with most people my age, felt just as lost and confused as Antoine. I realize now how lucky I was to see this as an adolescent. Though my days of relating directly to the young Antoine are long gone, I can still appreciate The 400 Blows as a masterpiece of classic French cinema." ~ Kevin Cecil

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Muriels Hall of Fame, Class of 2014: 8 1/2 (1963, Federico Fellini)

"Federico Fellini’s is one of those films that is so monumental and so influential that it’s hard to say anything new about it. Like Citizen Kane, it’s been so canonized that perhaps new viewers can’t help but be disappointed as they go in with the peak of expectations. For others, perhaps is like an ubiquitous classic rock song that they wish would go away to make room for others. Personally though, I find amazingly fresh each time I revisit it." ~ George Wu

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Muriels Hall of Fame returns!

In case you've been wondering what Muriel's been up to since this year's awards, the answer is... quite a bit! Once again, we're proud to present the Muriels Hall of Fame, wherein our voters take time out of their summer vacations to honor some of the greatest films in cinematic history. This year's class is made up of nine films, and I believe they are all worthy of being ranked alongside last year's inaugural honorees:

Citizen Kane
La Jetee
Lawrence of Arabia
The Man With the Movie Camera
North by Northwest
The Passion of Joan of Arc
Rear Window
Rules of the Game
Sansho the Bailiff
The Seventh Seal
The Third Man 

So come back starting tomorrow evening to check out this year's inductees. Should be fun!