Movie Questions: What musician should next become a legitimate movie star? Should it be Justin Bieber? Katy Perry? Lady Gaga? Let's Ask Movie Irv! If you've enjoyed the likes of David Bowie, Mick Jagger, Barbra Streisand, Neil Diamond, Tom Waits, Madonna, Mariah Carey, or other performers who have successfully made the leap from music to movies, you'll want to know who's next. Did Irv get it right? For more great movie content, visit http://MovieFanFare.com, the blog for movie collectors.
Was Alfred Hitchcock an auteur? Was Richard Fleischer? Is the movie director the sole "author" of a film? We asked Movie Irv his opinion about the famous controversy known as "the auteur theory," developed in the 1950s by the French magazine Cahiers du Cinema and championed by American film critic Andrew Sarris. Is filmmaking an art for which the director is solely responsible, or is cinema more of a collaborative and industrial process where every craftsperson plays an equal role. Head over to our Facebook Page and leave a comment: http://on.fb.me/fnFTPI
What makes you walk out on a movie? Taking offense? Getting bored? Something else? We asked Movie Irv if he's ever walked out on a film and why. Do you think he would be repulsed by a sugary sweet film like The Sound of Music? Would you guess he took offense at the content of The Human Centipede 2? Or did he simply not find a Chevy Chase movie very funny? For more great movie content, visit http://MovieFanFare.com, the blog for movie collectors.
2012 Oscars! Academy Awards Predictions: Nomination predicted by making some unusual surprise guesses in keeping with the already-unpredictable Oscar season. What about Martha Marcy May Marlene, Woody Allen (Midnight in Paris), Elizabeth Olsen, Jean Dujardin (The Artist), Christopher Plummer (Beginners), Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer (from The Help)? For more great movie content, visit http://MovieFanFare.com, the blog for movie collectors.
Martha Marcy May Marlene! Watch Movie Irv Slifkin's review of the new psychological thriller about a young woman's struggle to free herself from a dangerous cult and the awful memories she carries with her. Writer/director Sean Durkin's film is notable for the title star turn by Elizabeth Olsen, sister to Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen; John Hawkes (Winter's Bone), Hugh Dancy co-star. Read an interview with director Sean Durkin. For more great movie content, visit http://MovieFanFare.com, the blog for movie collectors.
J. Edgar: Clint Eastwood's already controversial new 2011 biopic of the legendary G-man follows Hoover from his earliest years until the time of his death, detailing how he built the FBI into a powerful crime-fighting federal agency whose extensive powers were often questioned and condemned, with special attention paid to activities such as warrantless wiretapping and harassment of civil rights era figures, as well as notable cases like the Lindbergh baby kidnapping and the JFK assassination. The question of Hoover's sexuality is also addressed in Eastwood's period epic; co-stars Armie Hammer, and Naomi Watts. For more great movie content, visit http://MovieFanFare.com.
Collect Movie Classics? Then don't miss this rundown of the recent treats from the Sony, MGM, and Warners vaults, including The Man From U.N.C.L.E. 8-Movie Collection, Housekeeping, Alex in Wonderland, and more! Join Movie Irv Slifkin as he reviews some of his most recent picks to add to your home video library. For more great movie content, visit http://MovieFanFare.com, the blog for movie collectors.
Moneyball Movie Review. Movie Irv checks out the Brad Pitt movie Moneyball, the fact-based film about Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane, who takes an unconventional approach to improving the struggling squad's fortunes. The Aaron Sorkin and Steven Zaillian script, based on the Michael Lewis book Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, co-stars Jonah Hill, Philip Seymour Hoffman (as manager Art Howe). For more great movie content, visit http://MovieFanFare.com, the blog for movie collectors.
What are the best film directors' winning streaks? Where a film director has made not one, not two...but FIVE great movies in a row? Join Movie Irv Slifkin and his guest as they make their favorite picks in Collecting Movie Classics, which include tributes to such reliably great directors as Charlie Chaplin, Billy Wilder, Woody Allen, Hal Ashby, and others! Watch the MovieFanFare podcasts! at http://www.youtube.com/user/MoviesUnlimitedInc For more great movie content, visit http://MovieFanFare.com, the blog for movie collectors.
TV Horror on DVD: What's your favorite horror-themed TV show? Ghouly Irv pays tribute to classic chiller series on the tube, including Dark Shadows, Night Gallery, One Step Beyond, Masters of Horror, and others, plus made-for-TV movies like Trilogy of Terror, Bad Ronald, Stephen King's It, and more! For more great movie content, visit http://www.MovieFanFare.com, the blog for movie collectors.