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The Funniest Women in Movies

From the silent movie era to today’s digital cinema, the women of comedy fought hard to get the laughs from the audiences and the respect of the critics. In this episode of “The Online Movie Show,” comic-writer-actor Kevin Dolan offers insight on the struggles and triumphs faced by the funniest women in film history.

The episode can be heard here.

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The Bootleg Files: The (Almost) Lost Files

This week, The Bootleg Files is on a break. However, for those who never experienced the column during its original run on another site, there were 575 columns that ran between March 2003 (debuting with Disney’s “Song of the South”) and September 2015 (ending with Satyajit Ray’s “Sikkim”). I will add that I am glad to be part of Cinema Crazed and grateful that The Bootleg Files are now here. A new column in The Bootleg Files will be online next week.

The Lodge (2020)

It’s hard to talk about “The Lodge” without giving away too much, but it manages to be more of a haunting drama in the end, than a horror movie about the supernatural. What Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz do is examine the horrors of pure grief and how it can unravel us mentally, and keep us always on the brink of breaking and submitting to pure disturbing madness. “The Lodge” is sure to keep audiences talking, mainly for its incredibly beautiful production design, and absolutely meticulous direction that will draw parallels to “Hereditary.”

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Five More Great Minority Movie Heroes

With “Black History Month” and “Women in Horror Month” dropping in February, I thought it’d be a lot of fun to post another installment of “Great Minority Movie Heroes,” a list of movie heroes that are also people of color. What started as a one shot list has become a project for me to find diverse movie heroes from various races that people of color can relate to. What are some of your favorites?

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I Got You Babe: The Best of Sonny & Cher (DVD)

During the early 1970s, “The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour” was a bright spot on the television schedule. The eponymous couple would team up with a stellar guest line-up (including Jerry Lewis, Jimmy Durante and Tony Curtis) and a rather voluminous supporting ensemble (including then-unknowns Steve Martin and Teri Garr) for comedy sketches and musical numbers.
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Doctor Sleep (2019) [Blu-Ray/Digital]

Mike Flanagan has managed to become one of the most recurring auteurs for Stephen King’s adaptations, and “Doctor Sleep” is a particularly heavy undertaking. Even for the now seasoned filmmaker, “Doctor Sleep” is a tough artistic task that has to appeal to general audiences, while also tying in to Stanley Kubrick’s original masterpiece, and appeasing King, who went through every length to ensure “Doctor Sleep” was detached from Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation. It’s a shame the movie didn’t quite click with audiences and grab higher numbers, as it’s easily my favorite film of 2019, bar none.

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Cinema Crazed’s Phil Hall nominated for Rondo Award

Cinema Crazed’s Phil Hall’s podcast “The Online Movie Show” was nominated for the Best Multimedia Site Award in the 2020 Rondo Awards competition! This is a fan-driven award, meaning that you need to vote to help get him up to the award podium. Votes can be emailed to taraco@aol.com by Sunday night at midnight, March 29.

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