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In It For the Long Take

CineFix has collected a medley of 12 “long takes” they consider the best. The usual suspects are here (as opposed to The Usual Suspects) — it’s a good list. Any list of long takes that doesn’t take into account the ne plus ultra of long takes… “The Russian Ark” is suspect though.

3D Weekend Five: Families, The Sequel

And now for the best TV families.  Cartoons & Reality TV count, only if there’s no one named “Kardashian” or “Gosselin”.

5.  The Hecks from The Middle:  Because this show has gotten better with age.  Partly because they’ve allowed the three kids to grow out of their early twerpy-ness.  And Dad is the smartest guy [...]

3D Weekend Five: A Family Affair

Best movie families (TV is for a later Five!):

5.  The Buckmans in Parenthood (1989):  Steve Martin gives his best performance in this Ron Howard film.  Once you watch Jason Robards’ turn as his bitter father, you’ll marvel that Martin’s character ever had a chance at being a successful dad — but he is! funny, inventive, [...]

3D Weekend Five: The “Watch It/Read It/Do It” List

This started out as “Watch Me/Read Me/Do Me”, until I reread it.

It’s the start of a new year — make some recommendations to your fellow 3Ders.

5.  VH1 picked up “Happy Endings”, which is a wild, goofball Friends retread, set in Chicago.  Before ABC dropped the axe (after three seasons), it had hit cult [...]

3D Weekend Five: Confess Your Unpopular Opinions

Apparently this was a hashtag last week.  LOVE it.  One of our local conservative radio jocks said Jimi Hendrix was overrated…got death threats!

5.  Shakespeare in Love deserved the Oscar for Best Picture.  One of the cleverest scripts ever (thank you Tom Stoppard), and lots of dazzling performances.

4.  Saving Private Ryan is overrated (while [...]

3D Weekend Five: Doctor Who (& Others)

In honor of his 50th Anniversary.  If you’re not a fan, feel free to use the same categories to discuss YOUR favorite sci-fi series:

5.  Best episode: “Blink”:  Actually Doctor-lite (Carey Mulligan has the central role), but a wonderful stand-alone episode with an engaging heroine, a great mystery, and some of the most truly terrifying [...]

3D Veterans' Day Five: Soldiers

Without looking at any post, I am editing my Five.  Last night I smacked my forehead and said, “How could I forget HIM?”  So he’s my new #1.

In honor of the day, choose your Top 5 film/TV/book: characters/performances/stories/scenes.

5.  The Best Years of Our Lives:  I can’t believe this movie used to bore me. [...]

3D Weekend Five: Greatest Classic Legends La Femme

Here’s for the actresses:

5.  Norma Shearer: the title role in Marie Antoinette (1938): Because as the Queen of France she proved she deserved to be the Queen of Hollywood.  It wasn’t just Thalberg, got her there.

4.  Greta Garbo: the title role in Ninotchka (1939):  Because she played a humorless character who was utterly hilarious.

3.  Myrna Loy: Nora [...]

3D Weekend Five: Greatest Classic Legends Collection

TCM does these as DVD sets.  I thought I’d make my own.  Today’s may not be a very edgy selection, but dang it, they’re *my* favorites…

Pick the best — or your favorite — of the following actors’ performances/films:

5.  Clark Gable:  Rhett in Gone With the Wind.  Because in a two-minute turnaround (the journey out [...]

3D Weekend Five: The Scariest Stuff

Five begs your pardon for last week’s burp.  She was in traction.  It was hilarious.

It’s that time of year.  What film/TV/book minutiae freaks YOU out the most? these are my categories: you may have your own.

5.  Scariest robot:  Ash in Alien.  Before Sigourney Weaver cuts his circuits for good, Ian Holm is one frightening [...]