36-40. The Top 40 films reviewed on in 2012

09 Feb

36-40. The Top 40 films reviewed on in 2012

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Shortbus – 2006. An early madness directed by John Cameron Mitchell. Sex rampant is the coat of arms here, so don’t pretend it isn’t. If you ever wondered how you would behave at an orgy, you may never find out by watching this. All you have to do is behave at an orgy.

Snatch – 2000. Brad Pitt plays a bad Brit in this low-life gangster caper-comedy. Brad Pitt is an actor who can do no wrong except to wear a shirt and tie. He is excruciatingly funny.

State Of The Union – 1948. One of Frank Capra’s few post WW II pieces, and an excellent one. With Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy as a couple headed for the White House, with a powerhouse performance by a barely out-of-her-teens Angela Lansbury.

Swimming To Cambodia – 1987. Jonathan Demme directed this docudrama of Spalding Grey performing his great sit-piece. Don’t miss this master at play.

Swing Time – 1936. George Stevens directed this, probably the best of the Rogers and Astaire white telephone musicals. Gerome Kern wrote the score (“A Fine Romance.” “Pick Yourself Up,” “Just The Way You Look Tonight”), and it contains as the jewel in its crown, the greatest romantic dance number ever put down in film. Excellent Extra Feature, too.

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