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Movie: Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

[TRAILER] When the idealistic young Jefferson Smith (James Stewart) winds up appointed to the United States Senate, he gains the mentorship of Senator Joseph Paine (Claude Rains). However, Paine isn't as noble as his reputation would indicate, and he becomes involved in a scheme to discredit Smith, who wants to build a boys' campsite where a more lucrative project could go. Determined to stand up against Paine and his corrupt peers, Smith takes his case to the Senate floor. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Jan 19, 2023 - 4 comments

Movie: My Fair Lady

[TRAILER] Pompous phonetics professor Henry Higgins (Rex Harrison) is so sure of his abilities that he takes it upon himself to transform a Cockney working-class girl into someone who can pass for a cultured member of high society. His subject turns out to be the lovely Eliza Doolittle (Audrey Hepburn), who agrees to speech lessons to improve her job prospects. Higgins and Eliza clash, then form an unlikely bond -- one that is threatened by an aristocratic suitor (Jeremy Brett). [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Jan 18, 2023 - 9 comments

Movie: Driving Miss Daisy

[TRAILER] Daisy Werthan (Jessica Tandy), an elderly Jewish widow living in Atlanta, is determined to maintain her independence. However, when she crashes her car, her son, Boolie (Dan Aykroyd), arranges for her to have a chauffeur, an African-American driver named Hoke Colburn (Morgan Freeman). Daisy and Hoke's relationship gets off to a rocky start, but they gradually form a close friendship over the years, one that transcends racial prejudices and social conventions. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Jan 18, 2023 - 0 comments

Movie: Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore

After her husband dies, Alice (Ellen Burstyn) and her son, Tommy, leave their small New Mexico town for California, where Alice hopes to make it as a singer. Money problems force them to settle in Arizona instead, where Alice takes a job as waitress in a small diner. She intends to stay in Arizona just long enough to make the money needed to head back out on the road, but her plans change when she begins to fall for a rancher named David (Kris Kristofferson). [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Jan 13, 2023 - 7 comments

Movie: 48 Hrs.

Renegade cop Jack Cates (Nick Nolte) pulls bank robber Reggie Hammond (Eddie Murphy) from a federal prison on a 48-hour leave to help him capture Hammond's old partner, Albert Ganz (James Remar). Having escaped from a prison work crew, Ganz is on a killing spree around San Francisco, on the trail of half a million dollars that went missing after one of his robberies. The cocky Reggie knows where the money is, but spars with the hotheaded Jack as he enjoys his temporary freedom. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Jan 12, 2023 - 15 comments

Movie: SLC Punk!

Two former geeks become 1980s punks, then party and go to concerts while deciding what to do with their lives. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Jan 11, 2023 - 2 comments

Movie: Billy Elliot

The life of 11-year-old Billy Elliot (Jamie Bell), a coal miner's son in Northern England, is forever changed one day when he stumbles upon a ballet class during his weekly boxing lesson. Before long, he finds himself in dance, demonstrating the kind of raw talent seldom seen by the class' exacting instructor, Mrs. Wilkinson. With a tart tongue and a never-ending stream of cigarettes in her hand, Mrs. Wilkinson's zest for teaching is revived when she sees Billy's potential. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Jan 10, 2023 - 8 comments

Movie: Harold and Maude

The young Harold (Bud Cort) lives in his own world of suicide-attempts and funeral visits to avoid the misery of his current family and home environment. Harold meets an 80-year-old woman named Maude (Ruth Gordon) who also lives in her own world yet one in which she is having the time of her life. When the two opposites meet they realize that their differences don’t matter and they become best friends and love each other. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Jan 10, 2023 - 8 comments

Movie: The Matador

Salesman Danny Wright (Greg Kinnear) is working through his shaky marriage and the untimely death of his child when he bumps into the similarly dispirited Julian Noble (Pierce Brosnan) in a Mexican dive bar. After they develop an unusual but meaningful bond, the brash Julian reveals that he is a contract killer, which doesn't bother Danny. Months later, a desperate Julian shows up at Danny's home and asks for a life-changing favor that truly puts their friendship to the test. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Jan 9, 2023 - 9 comments

Movie: The Ninth Configuration

Col. Vincent Kane (Stacy Keach) is a military psychiatrist who takes charge of an army mental hospital situated in a secluded castle. Among Kane's many eccentric patients is Capt. Billy Cutshaw (Scott Wilson), a troubled astronaut in the midst of an existential crisis. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Jan 9, 2023 - 3 comments

Movie: Nowhere

[TRAILER] In Los Angeles, a colorful assortment of bohemians try to make sense of their intersecting lives. The moody Dark Smith (James Duval), his bisexual girlfriend (Rachel True), her lesbian lover (Kathleen Robertson) and their shy gay friend (Nathan Bexton) plan on attending the wildest party of the year. But they'll only make it if they can survive the drug trips, suicides, trysts, rapes, mutilations and alien abductions that occur as one surreal day unfolds. Featuring Christina Applegate as "Dingbat." [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Jan 6, 2023 - 2 comments

Movie: Zero Effect

Daryl Zero (Bill Pullman) is a private investigator, and with the help of his exasperated assistant Arlo (Ben Stiller) he solves impossible crimes and puzzles. Although Daryl's a master investigator, his methods might be called frustrating. [more inside]
posted by fleacircus on Dec 11, 2022 - 9 comments

Movie: Ichi the Killer

As sadomasochistic yakuza enforcer Kakihara searches for his missing boss he comes across Ichi, a repressed and psychotic killer who may be able to inflict levels of pain that Kakihara has only dreamed of achieving. Trailer [more inside]
posted by johnofjack on Dec 7, 2022 - 17 comments

Movie: My Man Godfrey

A scatterbrained socialite hires a vagrant as a family butler - but there's more to Godfrey than meets the eye. Trailer. [more inside]
posted by johnofjack on Dec 5, 2022 - 7 comments

Movie: A Diva's Christmas Carol

[TRAILER] In this remake of Charles Dickens' classic "A Christmas Carol", cold-hearted superstar Ebony Scrooge (Vanessa Williams) gets a reality check when she meets three Christmas spirits who would change her miserly ways for the better. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Dec 2, 2022 - 1 comment

Fleishman Is in Trouble: God, What An Idiot He Was!  Season 1, Ep 4

Toby investigates Rachel's disappearance. Libby invites him on a trip to New Jersey.
posted by Violet Blue on Nov 30, 2022 - 2 comments

Fleishman Is in Trouble: Free Pass Summary  Season 1, Ep 3

Past turns into present, as the history of Rachel and Toby's relationship begins at the beginning, develops, grows, goes sour, and ends in divorce.
posted by Violet Blue on Nov 30, 2022 - 2 comments

Movie: Shakespeare in Love

[TRAILER] Young Shakespeare (Joseph Fiennes) is forced to stage his latest comedy, "Romeo and Ethel, the Pirate's Daughter," before it's even written. When a lovely noblewoman (Gwyneth Paltrow) auditions for a role, they fall into forbidden love -- and his play finds a new life (and title). As their relationship progresses, Shakespeare's comedy soon transforms into tragedy. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Nov 29, 2022 - 10 comments

Movie: Arizona Dream

[TRAILER] Axel (Johnny Depp) gets caught up into the family car business when his cousin, Paul (Vincent Gallo), coaxes him to come to Arizona to attend the wedding of their Uncle Leo (Jerry Lewis). As Axel makes the decision to try selling Cadillacs with his family, he meets an eccentric woman named Elaine (Faye Dunaway) and her equally quirky stepdaughter, Grace (Lili Taylor). Their lives become inextricably intertwined through romance, dreams -- and death. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Nov 28, 2022 - 5 comments

Movie: Breakfast at Tiffany's

[TRAILER] Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn) is an eccentric New York City playgirl determined to marry a Brazilian millionaire. But when young writer Paul Varjak (George Peppard) moves into her apartment building, her past threatens to get in their way. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Nov 28, 2022 - 9 comments

Movie: The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

Two drag queens and a transwoman travel across the desert to perform their unique style of cabaret. Trailer. [more inside]
posted by johnofjack on Nov 27, 2022 - 12 comments

Fleishman Is in Trouble: Welcome to Paniquil  Season 1, Ep 2

Toby tries to navigate the childcare crisis that Rachel left for him and learns of a new opportunity at work.
posted by Violet Blue on Nov 21, 2022 - 3 comments

Fleishman Is in Trouble: Summon Your Witnesses  Season 1, Ep 1

Toby won't let Rachel's inconsiderate, and early, drop-off stop him from keeping a date with a woman he's met online.
posted by Violet Blue on Nov 21, 2022 - 2 comments

Movie: The Man in the White Suit

An altruistic chemist invents a fabric which resists wear and stain as a boon to humanity, but big business and labor realize it must be suppressed for economic reasons. Trailer. [more inside]
posted by johnofjack on Nov 20, 2022 - 2 comments

Dead to Me: Final season (all episodes)  Season 3, Ep 0

All roads have lead to this. [more inside]
posted by blue suede stockings on Nov 20, 2022 - 5 comments

Movie: Up in the Air

An idea from a young, new co-worker (Anna Kendrick) would put an end to the constant travel of corporate downsizer Ryan Bingham (George Clooney), so he takes her on a tour to demonstrate the importance of face-to-face meetings with those they must fire. While mentoring his colleague, he arranges hookups with another frequent-flier (Vera Farmiga), and his developing feelings for the woman prompt him to see others in a new light. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Nov 15, 2022 - 5 comments

Movie: Forbidden Games

A young French girl orphaned in a Nazi air attack is befriended by the son of a poor farmer, and together they try to come to terms with the realities of death. [more inside]
posted by johnofjack on Nov 14, 2022 - 2 comments

Movie: Bagdad Cafe

German tourist Jasmin Munchgstettner (Marianne Sägebrecht) argues with her husband after car trouble strands them along a dusty highway in the American Southwest. Fuming, she storms off and travels by foot to the nearest outpost of civilization -- the Bagdad Café. Upon arriving, she butts heads with the owner (CCH Pounder), but they soon forge an unlikely friendship. What begins as a few days' respite becomes a prolonged stay as Jasmine finds her niche within this eccentric truck-stop community. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Nov 14, 2022 - 2 comments

Movie: Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner

[TRAILER] Based on a local legend and set in an unknown era, it deals with universal themes of love, possessiveness, family, jealousy and power. Beautifully shot, and acted by Inuit people, it portrays a time when people fought duels by taking turns to punch each other until one was unconscious, made love on the way to the caribou hunt, ate walrus meat and lit their igloos with seal-oil lamps. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Nov 10, 2022 - 8 comments

Movie: Big Miracle

TRAILER Adam Carlson (John Krasinski), a reporter based in a small town in northern Alaska, can't wait to land a job in a bigger market. Then, the story of a lifetime practically lands in his lap: a family of gray whales is discovered near the Arctic Circle, trapped by rapidly forming ice. Along with the descending media comes Rachel Kramer (Drew Barrymore), an environmental activist and Adam's ex. Together, they try to rally an international coalition to save the whales before it's too late. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Nov 10, 2022 - 3 comments

Movie: Dom za vešanje (Home for Hanging)

Perhan is a Romani teenager with telekinetic powers. His passage from childhood to adulthood starts in a little village in Yugoslavia but derails into a criminal underworld of quick-cash petty crime that threatens to destroy him and those he loves. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Nov 9, 2022 - 1 comment

Movie: Chicago

Nightclub sensation Velma (Catherine Zeta-Jones) murders her philandering husband, and Chicago's slickest lawyer, Billy Flynn (Richard Gere), is set to defend her. But when Roxie (Renée Zellweger) also winds up in prison, Billy takes on her case as well -- turning her into a media circus of headlines. Neither woman will be outdone in their fight against each other and the public for fame and celebrity. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Nov 8, 2022 - 6 comments

Movie: Flux Gourmet

Set at an institute devoted to culinary and alimentary performance, a collective finds themselves embroiled in power struggles, artistic vendettas, and gastrointestinal disorders. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Oct 25, 2022 - 2 comments

Movie: The Artist

In the 1920s, actor George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) is a bona fide matinee idol with many adoring fans. While working on his latest film, George finds himself falling in love with an ingenue named Peppy Miller (Bérénice Bejo) and, what's more, it seems Peppy feels the same way. But George is reluctant to cheat on his wife with the beautiful young actress. The growing popularity of sound in movies further separates the potential lovers, as George's career begins to fade while Peppy's star rises. A loving tribute to silent film. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Oct 16, 2022 - 3 comments

Movie: Trainspotting

Heroin addict Mark Renton (Ewan McGregor) stumbles through bad ideas and sobriety attempts with his unreliable friends -- Sick Boy (Jonny Lee Miller), Begbie (Robert Carlyle), Spud (Ewen Bremner) and Tommy (Kevin McKidd). He also has an underage girlfriend, Diane (Kelly Macdonald), along for the ride. After cleaning up and moving from Edinburgh to London, Mark finds he can't escape the life he left behind when Begbie shows up at his front door on the lam, and a scheming Sick Boy follows. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Oct 10, 2022 - 11 comments

Movie: Mona Lisa and the Blood Moon

A mysterious mental institute escapee with supernatural powers (Jun Jong Seo) is befriended by a struggling single-mother (Kate Hudson) who sees a lucrative opportunity to make some fast cash. But when they draw the attention of a detective (Craig Robinson), their luck starts to run out as the cops close in on their crime-spree. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Oct 9, 2022 - 2 comments

Movie: Barton Fink

Set in 1941, intellectual New York playwright Barton Fink (John Turturro) accepts an offer to write movie scripts in L.A. He finds himself with writer's block when required to do a B-movie script. His neighbor (John Goodman) tries to help, but Barton continues to struggle as a bizarre sequence of events distracts him. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Sep 26, 2022 - 22 comments

Movie: Forrest Gump

Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks), a man of limited intellectual resources has accomplished great things in his life and been present during significant historic events... in each case, far exceeding what anyone imagined he could do. But despite all he has achieved, his one true love (Robin Wright) eludes him. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Sep 21, 2022 - 17 comments

The Imperfects: Full Season  Season 1, Ep 0

After an experimental gene therapy turns them into monsters, three twenty-somethings band together to hunt down the scientist responsible and force him to make them human again. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Sep 21, 2022 - 8 comments

Movie: Tuff Turf

The new kid in school must battle a gang of street toughs after stealing the gang leader's girl. [more inside]
posted by skycrashesdown on Aug 27, 2022 - 4 comments

Evil: Season Two  Season 2, Ep 0

A skeptical forensic psychologist (Katja Herbers) allies with a Catholic seminarian (Mike Colter) and a technology contractor (Aasif Mandvi) to investigate purported supernatural incidents. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Aug 22, 2022 - 10 comments

Movie: Silver Linings Playbook

After losing his job and wife, and spending time in a mental institution, Pat Solatano (Bradley Cooper) winds up living with his parents (Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver). He wants to rebuild his life and reunite with his wife, but his parents would be happy if he just shared their obsession with the Philadelphia Eagles. Things get complicated when Pat meets Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence), who offers to help him reconnect with his wife, if he will do something very important for her in exchange. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Aug 22, 2022 - 10 comments

Movie: Young Adult

Mavis Gary (Charlize Theron) is a successful writer of teen literature who returns to her hometown with a dual mission: to relive her glory days and steal away her now-married high-school sweetheart (Patrick Wilson). However, her mission does not go exactly to plan, and she finds her homecoming more problematic than she expected. Instead, Mavis forms an unusual bond with a former classmate (Patton Oswalt), who has also found it difficult to move past high school. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Aug 18, 2022 - 4 comments

Movie: Me and You and Everyone We Know

Single dad Richard (John Hawkes) meets Christine (Miranda July, who also wrote and directed), a starving artist who moonlights as a cabbie. They awkwardly attempt to start a romance, but Richard's divorce has left him emotionally damaged, and he struggles to remain open to the possibilities of this new relationship. Meanwhile, Richard's sons, the adolescent Peter (Miles Thompson) and 6-year-old Robby (Brandon Ratcliff), take part in their own clumsy experiments with the opposite sex. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Aug 16, 2022 - 11 comments

The Resort: El Espejo  Season 1, Ep 5

Emma, Noah and Baltasar team up and try to uncover the truth behind Sam and Violet’s disappearance. [more inside]
posted by thecaddy on Aug 11, 2022 - 6 comments

Movie: Con Air

Just-paroled army ranger Cameron Poe (Nicolas Cage) is headed back to his wife (Monica Potter), but must fly home aboard a prison transport flight dubbed "Jailbird" with some of the worst criminals living. Along with Diamond Dog (Ving Rhames) and Baby-O (Mykelti Williamson), genius serial killer Cyrus "The Virus" Grissom (John Malkovich) unleashes a violent escape plot in mid-flight. Secretly working with U.S. Marshall Vince Larkin (John Cusack), Poe tries to foil Grissom's plan. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Aug 9, 2022 - 12 comments

Movie: Terms of Endearment

Widow Aurora Greenway (Shirley MacLaine) and her daughter, Emma (Debra Winger), have a strong bond, but Emma marries teacher Flap Horton (Jeff Daniels) against her mother's wishes. When the marriage sours, Emma returns to her mother, who is involved with a former astronaut (Jack Nicholson). Soon, Emma learns that she has terminal cancer. In the hospital, supported by Aurora, she tries to make peace with Flap and her children. Based on the novel by Larry McMurtry. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Jul 12, 2022 - 3 comments

Movie: Little Miss Sunshine

The Hoover family -- an overworked mother (Toni Collette), her failed motivational speaker husband (Greg Kinnear), a depressed uncle (Steve Carell), a brother (Paul Dano) and a grandfather (Alan Arkin) -- puts the fun back in dysfunctional by piling into a VW bus and heading to California to support a daughter (Abigail Breslin) in her bid to win the Little Miss Sunshine Contest. The sanity of everyone involved is stretched to the limit as the group's quirks cause epic problems as they travel along their interstate route. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Jul 12, 2022 - 10 comments

Movie: Submarine

15-year-old deep-thinking Welsh schoolboy, Oliver (Craig Roberts) struggles to initiate and maintain a relationship with Jordana (Yasmin Paige), his devilish, dark-haired classmate at their Swansea high school. As his parents’ marriage begins to fall apart, similar problems arise in his relationship with Jordana. Written & directed by Richard Ayoade. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Jul 5, 2022 - 2 comments

Movie: The Happiness of the Katakuris

The Katakuris are a four-generation family of failures. Aiming to change their luck, they purchase a large old home situated on a former garbage dump near Mount Fuji, aiming to make it a bed and breakfast. When they finally get their first guest, he commits suicide, and the Katakuris make the decision to save their business by burying the body and concealing the death. Stuff gets worse from there. Two things: this is a horror musical; it is by Takashi Miike (Audition). [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Jun 28, 2022 - 15 comments

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