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Question of the Week: April 10, 2021

Inspired by National Siblings Day on April 10, we are looking for films that feature memorable sisters, brothers, and twins. In other words . . .

Who are the best movie siblings?

Share your favorite literary (Celie & Nettie in The Color Purple), horror (the Grady twins in The Shining), international (Rocco and His Brothers), or effects-created (the “Winklevi” in The Social Network) selections for our next Community Curated List.

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We ask, you answer! The BMFI community builds movie lists based on topics crafted by the expert BMFI staff. See all of the Community Curated lists voted on by BMFI fans. Help curate our next list by answering the Question of the Week, updated every Saturday.

Community Curated: ’80’s movies

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We are traveling back in time for our next Community Curated list. We asked you, "What are the best ’80’s movies?" From Arnold and Sly to the Brat Pack and Cusack, BMFI patrons cast their net wide with this week's compilation.

Still not convinced that the '80s birthed great movies? Filmmaker Richard Linklater aims to prove all doubters wrong with Jewels in the Wasteland, a yearly program he curates for the Austin Film Society, celebrating great films of the decade still underrepresented in the film canon. Further enhance your '80s viewing with Linklater's Jewels in the Wasteland intro and discussion videos. 

Community Curated: ’90’s Movies

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We asked you, "What are the most iconic movies from the 1990s?" The movies of the 1990s ran the gamut. From massive blockbusters (Jurassic Park), to legendary indie films (Reservoir Dogs), to teen-dream comedies (Clueless, duh!), to big-budget thrillers (Mission: Impossible), the '90s had it all. See the list of favorites, chosen by you.

Once you've made your way through the Community Curated selections, keep partying like it's 1999 with IndieWire's compilation of the decade's best movie posters, a video essay from No Film School on the cubicle movie, and a list of favorites from The Guardian's film critics.

Community Curated: Buddy Movies

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We called on all buddies near and far! We asked, "What’s your favorite buddy movie?" Grab your quarantine buddy and watch your way through the full list curated by you. Below are a few selections from your buddies at BMFI.

Silver Streak, Sam Scott, Executive Director
The Other Guys, Andrew J. Douglas, Ph.D., Senior Director, Education and Administration
Shaun of the Dead, Charlie Grafman, Director of Development
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Gina Izzo, Director of Marketing
The Killer, Jacob Mazer, Special Programming Manager
The Blues Brothers, Michael McCracken, Director of Theater Operations
Midnight Run, Jan Prendergast, Director of Finance
E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial, Heather Rosenfeldt, Art Director
Tin Men, Patricia Russo, Membership Manager
The Nice Guys, Zane Stalberg, Membership and Rentals Coordinator
The Trip, Jill Malcolm, Education Coordinator

See all of the Community Curated lists voted by BMFI fans. Help curate our next list by answering the Question of the Week, updated every Tuesday.

Community Curated: Celebrating Black History Month

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In honor of Black History Month, which historian Carter G. Woodson founded 95 years ago as a week-long focus on African Americans' contributions to the advancement of civilization, we asked you for movies that further its mission.

From historical (Glory) to biographical (Straight Outta Compton) to documentary (Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child), BMFI patrons share their favorite films celebrating African American achievements.

If you're looking for a film to engage with this weekend, we recommend Garrett Bradley's Time, playing as part of the 2021 Strange Truth series. The online screening includes a conversation with the filmmaker on Saturday, February 20th at 7:00 PM. For further viewing, we compiled a list of anti-racism film resources, which includes an additional collection of critical Black stories told on screen.

Community Curated: Colorful Films

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Inspired by our Film Studies Online discussion of The Umbrellas of Cherbourg on February 8, we asked you for films that have brilliantly vibrant palettes. From quirky (The Grand Budapest Hotel) to international (Dreams) to comics-inspired (Dick Tracy), BMFI patrons share their favorite colorful movies.

If you missed Monday's discussion of The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, you can catch the recording (and the video introduction) in our growing Film Studies Online library.

Community Curated: Directorial Debuts

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It has been a year since the start of Theater 5, which got us thinking about other auspicious beginnings—like those of our favorite filmmakers. In other words . . . Which directors had the best feature debut?

From classic (Sidney Lumet's 12 Angry Men) to international (Satyajit Ray's Pather Panchali), to current (Emerald Fennell's Promising Young Woman) BMFI patrons share their recommendations.

Once you've made your way through the Community Curated list, catch up on the following directorial debuts we've discussed together in our Film Studies Online library : Night of the Hunter, 12 Angry Men, and Eve's Bayou. If you're looking for a new release, we are currently screening Jessie Barr's critically-acclaimed directorial debut Sophie Jones over in Theater 5.

Community Curated: Documentaries

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Inspired by our Wednesdays with Wiseman series, which features the groundbreaking work of one of the preeminent chroniclers of American institutions, we asked you for the best non-fiction films. From cinéma vérité (Grey Gardens), to concert (Stop Making Sense) to political (Fahrenheit 9/11) docs, BMFI patrons share their recommendations. See the full list of favorites, chosen by you.

If this week's Community Curated list has inspired you to dive deeper into documentary film, DOC NYC, the country's largest documentary festival, returns November 11—19 in a virtual format. Looking for a local story? We recommend Philadelphia native Tommy Oliver's new MOVE documentary, 40 Years a Prisoner.

 

Community Curated: Dream Sequences

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After the year that was 2020, we could all use some rest. So, we asked you for films that make the most of their characters' time asleep. From Hitchcockian (Spellbound) to action-packed (Inception) to "abiding" (The Big Lebowski), BMFI patrons share their favorite dream sequences. See the full list of movie recommendations, chosen by you.

Once you've made your way through the Community Curated list, take a look at this selection of dreamy films from Criterion.

Community Curated: Fairy Tale Movies

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In honor of Tell a Fairy Tale Day on February 26, we asked you for some of cinema's most fanciful stories about imaginary creatures and places. From romantic (The Princess Bride) to eerie (Pan's Labyrinth) to animated (Spirited Away), BMFI patrons share their favorite fairy tale movies.

Topping this week's list is Guillermo del Toro's horror fantasy film Pan's Labyrinth. Del Toro sat down with Fresh Air's Terry Gross to discuss his interest in fairytales following the film's release in 2007. Catch the interview here.

If this week's list has inspired you to revisit past literary versions, Main Point Books offers BMFI members a 10% discount off your entire purchase. Make sure you bring your membership card – and your mask!

Community Curated: Favorite Movie Cats

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International Cat Day is August 8! To celebrate, BMFI patrons curated a list of films featuring the most fabulous felines. All genres are represented – dramas, comedies, animated films, documentaries – because cats have graced the big screen since the earliest days of cinema!

Discover even more film felines on the websites CatsonFilm.net and CinemaCats.com. If you missed this year's Quarantine Cat Film Festival, which features several cats from BMFI patrons, you can still cat-ch it with our friends at Row House Cinema, who produced the fest. Still not enough? Join the BMFI Cats Facebook group and share pics of your Theater 5 mew-vie buddies.

Community Curated: Favorite Movie Pets

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In honor of National Love Your Pet Day on February 20, we asked you for cinema's most memorable animal friends. From favorite dog (Mr. Smith in The Awful Truth) to snake (Reggie in Raiders of the Lost Ark) to pig (the eponymous Babe), BMFI patrons share their recommendations.

Once you've made your way through the Community Curated list, continue the animal appreciation with our The Birds-inspired crossword puzzle. For those who are partial to cats, re-visit our film felines list here. If you have furry friends of your own, join us in the BMFI Cats Facebook group and share pics of your Theater 5 mew-vie buddies.

Community Curated: Favorite Music Documentaries

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We asked you for your favorite music documentaries, and you answered! As you assemble your playlist, consult this community-curated greatest hits list, along with a few house recommendations below:

BMFI recommends:

Stop Making Sense
1984 · d. Jonathan Demme
Last time we played Jonathan Demme's 1984 Talking Heads concert movie, it packed the theater. At the top of the film, David Byrne strolls on stage with an acoustic guitar and a boom box. Song by song, the ensemble and set expands, swelling into a blissful, unifying celebration. It's no wonder Stop Making Sense comes up in any discussion of the great concert films. This is rock and roll as a utopian act.

See where Stop Making Sense is streaming.

Sign ‘o’ the Times
1987 · d. Prince, Albert Magnoli

Prince's screen legacy will always rest on 1984's Purple Rain, but this little-seen 1987 concert film should give it a run for its money. The setlist, drawn mostly from the stupendous Sign ‘O' the Times album, is broken up with short narrative interludes, but Prince knows we're here for the music, and boy, does he deliver, cranking out one fiery number after the next. The Purple One was known to be at his best in a live setting, and once you see this film, you'll understand why.

See where Sign ‘o’ the Times is streaming.

Monterey Pop
1968 · d. D.A. Pennebaker

The 1967 Monterey Pop Festival brought together an extraordinary group of artists, including The Who, the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Big Brother and the Holding Company, Otis Redding, and many more. The magic is preserved thanks to D.A. Pennebaker's cinema verité documentary, which captured some of the era's most iconic musical moments, from a little-known Janis Joplin blowing the house down to Hendrix's sacrificial immolation of his instrument. After you've watch Monterey Pop, be sure to check out Pennebaker's short films Jimi Plays Monterey and Shake! Otis at Monterey, which capture Hendrix and Redding's sets in their entirety.

See where Monterey Pop is streaming.

Ladies and Gentlemen, Mr. Leonard Cohen
1965 · d. Donald Brittain, Don Owen

Singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen has been the subject of several documentaries, but this 1965 television special is a special treat. The 44-minute film follows 30-year-old Cohen around his native Montreal as he writes, performs, pontificates, and revels. At the time of filming, Cohen had not yet launched his musical career and was known chiefly as a poet and novelist. Does that mean this isn't a music documentary? Maybe, but then again, maybe not. Cohen's music was distinguished by its literary quality, and observing his writing practice gives one all the more insight and appreciation for the work that would follow.

See where Ladies and Gentlemen, Mr. Leonard Cohen is streaming.

Community Curated: Female-Directed Films

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Inspired by our seminar on pioneering filmmaker Dorothy Arzner, we asked you for your favorite movies directed by women. From films noir to comedies to war pictures, BMFI patrons share their recommendations.

Looking to sink your teeth into more female-directed work? Filmmaker and critic Mark Cousins's Women Make Film, a 14-hour epic divided into 40 chapters and featuring the works of 183 directors, is currently being broadcast on TCM as an episodic series through December. You can listen to Cousins discuss his new road movie through cinema with Sight & Sound. Cousins also released a 200-minute visual talk in March, 40 Days to Learn Film, that showcases some of the work he highlights in Women Make Film.

If you're looking for more hidden histories of women in film, learn about the role women played in the editing room with Edited By, survey of 139 female film editors who invented, developed, fine-tuned and revolutionized the art of film editing.

 

Community Curated: Films Noir

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We were in need of noir, and you delivered! Film noir has cast a long shadow (see what we did there?) across eras and genres. Seedy underbellies, darkened streets, femme fatales, and other genre tropes can be found in films from Body Heat to Who Framed Roger Rabbit to The Big Lebowski to Inherent Vice and beyond. Here are your favorite films noir. They’re the stuff that (Community Curated) lists are made of.

Take a deeper dive into your second most popular noir, Out of the Past, in the BMFI Film Studies Online Library, available now for free!

Community Curated: Films of Impact

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We asked you: what is a movie that has made a lasting impact on you? It may have opened your eyes to a new perspective, shown you a part of the world you’d never seen before, shed light on an historical moment unknown to you, or was just so unique that you never forgot your first time watching it.

See the list of films that moved you, changed the conversation, or transformed your way of thinking, all chosen by you.

We've been thinking about the impact of film a lot here at BMFI. Here are two lists we've compiled of anti-racism film resources and films confronting injustice, to help us all continue learning in this time of change.

Community Curated: Food Movies

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We ordered the best food movies, and you delivered! Check out the full list of food-centric films, voted by you. Some films might not be to your taste, but this eclectic buffet has something for everyone to enjoy.

Make one of these delicious films the side dish at your barbecue! BMFI's Director of Marketing, Gina Izzo, gives some tips for setting up your backyard movie experience in a recent article in The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Community Curated: French-Language Movies

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Inspired by United Nations French Language Day on March 20, we asked you for films in which le français is spoken. From Canadian (The Barbarian Invasions) to Ivorian (Night of the Kings) to French (The Umbrellas of Cherbourg), BMFI patrons share their favorite French-language movies.

Once you've made your way through the Community Curated list, make sure to catch Theater 5's current French-language offerings: Night of the King, Mafia Inc, Keep an Eye Out, and Perfumes. If you missed our recent discussion on this week's number two pick The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, you can find the recording in our Film Studies Online library.

For fans of Godard, BMFI's Senior Director of Education Andrew Douglas discussed the influence of Breathless in his weekly video series Ask Andrew. If you have any film-related questions, you can drop Andrew a line through the Ask Andrew form.

Community Curated: Guilty Pleasure Movies

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We asked you, "What movie is your guilty pleasure? You might be embarrassed to admit how much you love it, but tell us anyway."

At BMFI, we don't exactly feel "guilty" about our "guilty pleasure" movies. "Guilty pleasures" don't have to be "bad". They can be comforting. They can be restorative. They can be a familiar friend or a reset button at the end of a stressful day. We've been there, watched that, and keep coming back. They may or may not have racked up awards, but that doesn't mean they bring any less joy to our lives.

Here are a couple of picks from some members of the BMFI Board of Directors. See the full list on Letterboxd. We're not embarrassed by our guilty pleasures. Sorry, not sorry.

Lady Jane, Anmiryam Budner
Dodgeball and Legally Blonde, Jane Corrigan
The Man with Two Brains, Francie Ingersoll
Out of Sight and Something's Gotta Give, Marsha Perelman
Carnal Knowledge and Easy Rider, David Pudlin

Community Curated: Holiday Movies

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Since it's "the most wonderful time of the year," we asked you for movies that have depicted it memorably. From definitive (It's a Wonderful Life) to animated (The Polar Express) to cynical (The Ref), BMFI patrons share their favorite holiday movies. See the full list of recommendations, chosen by you.

Although the annual debate over its holiday ranking rages on, Die Hard took the top slot in this week's Community Curated list. If you're still doubtful, director John McTiernan may have settled the dispute once and for all.

Once you've re-watched Die Hard for the umpteenth time, Andrew has shared some more Christmas-themed thrillers in this week's episode of Ask Andrew. If you have any film-related questions you'd like ask, Andrew may have the answer! Let us know in the Ask Andrew Form.

Community Curated: Horror Films Made After 1970

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See more than 100 modern horror films selected by BMFI patrons! From groundbreaking (The Exorcist) to tongue-in-cheek (Scream) to allegorical (Get Out), BMFI patrons built this list of top horror films made since 1970. After viewing these contemporary horrors, throw it back to the Community Curated list of pre-1970s films.

By a landslide, The Shining took home the top spot of this week’s Community Curated list. Once you’ve exhausted your scary movie kick, revisit Kubrick’s body of work with a video essay from Kogonada and a documentary about Leon Vitali, Kubrick’s devoted right-hand man of more than two decades.

Back in April, Andrew answered your question about the legitimacy of horror film. Chime in if you have a new question for Andrew!

 

Community Curated: Kids Movies

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Here's a list for the kiddos, decided by you! Find something new that the whole family can watch. We know there's at least one movie on constant repeat in your house. Spice it up with selects from your neighbors.

Looking for more? Our friend Chris Collier, Executive Director of Renew Theaters, which includes The Ambler Theater, The County Theater, The Hiway Theater, and Princeton Garden Theater, recommends some family-friendly films with his son Zachary.

Not sure if a movie is right for your child? Common Sense Media provides age-based reviews for movies, books, and games, so you can decide what content is right for your family.

See all of the lists curated by you on Letterboxd.

Community Curated: Laugh-Out-Loud Movies

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In honor of Global Belly Laugh Day on January 24th, we asked you for the best (belly) laugh-out-loud movies. From old-school (Duck Soup) to British (A Fish Called Wanda) to unintentional (The Room), BMFI patrons share their recommendations. See the full list of favorites, chosen by you.

One of this week's recommendations, Some Like It Hot, was our Film Studies Online discussion pick back in June. If you missed the conversation, you can watch the recording (and introduction) here.

Community Curated: Literary Adaptations

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We asked you for the best literary adaptations you've seen on screen. Now we have a lot of reading (and watching) to catch up on! See the full Community Curated list on Letterboxd.

If our adaptations roundup is making your to-read list longer, shop locally with Main Point Books. Cathy Fiebach and Anmiryam Budner of Main Point Books have shared their favorite big-screen adaptations with us:

Cathy: The Harry Potter series, The Princess Bride, Call Me By Your Name, Little Women, Julie and Julia, and Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

Anmiryam: Rebecca, Jane Eyre, the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and The Prestige

Main Point Books offers BMFI members a 10% discount off your entire purchase. Make sure you bring your membership card - and your mask!

Community Curated: Memorable Dance Scenes

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We asked you, "What are some movies with memorable dance scenes?" Movie musicals may own the lion’s share of high-profile choreography, and definitely deserve to make the cut, but noteworthy dance sequences are found in all genres of films. See the list of favorites, chosen by you.

Once you've made you way through the Community Curated selections, keep the dance floor warm with video essays on the history of dance in film, the evolution of the movie musical, and the emotive powers of dance (published by MUBI, who is offering BMFI patrons three months of free access to their streaming service.)

Community Curated: Movie Soundtracks

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We asked you for the movies with the best soundtracks. We're making new playlists with the more than 100 films you suggested! See the full Community Curated soundtrack list on Letterboxd.

Looking for even more movie music? Check out the American Film Institute's 100 Years . . . 100 Songs official list.

Community Curated: Movies About "Family" Gatherings

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Though it was a bit different this year, Thanksgiving is typically a time for friends and relatives to get together. That's why we asked you for the best movies about "family" gatherings. From quirky (The Royal Tenenbaums) to suspenseful (Knives Out) to "boomer" (The Big Chill) selections, BMFI patrons share their recommendations. See the full list of favorites, chosen by you.

While we wish we could ring in the holiday weekend together on Lancaster Ave., we're grateful for our gatherings in Theater 5 and Film Studies Online. Catch up on old FSO discussions, new releases, and movie-themed puzzles.

Community Curated: Movies About Activism

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In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on January 18, we asked you for the best films about fighting for a cause. From documentaries (She's Beautiful When She's Angry) to films based on a true story (Selma), or not so much (Sorry to Bother You), BMFI patrons share their recommendations. See the full list of favorites, chosen by you.

One of this week's recommendations, Do the Right Thing, was our Film Studies Online discussion pick this Monday. If you missed the conversation, you can watch the recording (and introduction) here. If you're looking for a new release documenting an urgent fight for justice, head over to Theater 5 and check out Belly of the Beast. 

Community Curated: Movies About Politics

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In case you haven't heard, there is an election coming up, so we've asked you for the best movies about politics. From idealistic (Mr. Smith Goes to Washington) to cynical (Wag the Dog) to bonkers (The Death of Stalin), BMFI patrons share their recommendations. See the full list of favorites, chosen by you.

Have questions about where and how to cast your vote? Visit VotesPA.com for comprehensive details about voting in Pennsylvania. If you'd like to get involved with the election, CASA is still looking for voter guardians to volunteer at key polling locations throughout the state on November 3rd.

After you mail in your ballot (or before you head to the polls), reflect on elections past with these political campaign documentaries.

 

Community Curated: Movies About Small Businesses

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In support of Small Business Saturday and the local stores we all love, we asked you for the best movies about small shops and businesses. From romantic (The Shop Around the Corner) to indie (Clerks) to comedic (Ghostbusters), or, um, illicit (Pineapple Express), BMFI patrons share their recommendations. See the full list of favorites, chosen by you.

Shop and support local this holiday season with your BMFI membership. See which businesses and attractions offer benefits to members through our retail discount program. 

Community Curated: Movies About Space

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Inspired by our discussion of The Right Stuff, we asked you for movies set among—or about the quest to reach—the stars. From metaphysical (Solaris) to action-packed (Armageddon) to documentary (For All Mankind), BMFI patrons share their recommendations. See the full list of favorites, chosen by you.

Continue exploring space in film with our recorded FSO discussions of Forbidden Planet and The Right Stuff.

Community Curated: Movies About the Movies

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We asked you for the best movies about the movies. From silent (Sherlock Jr.) to farcical (Bowfinger) or, ahem, adult (Boogie Nights), BMFI patrons share their recommendations. See the full list of favorites, chosen by you.

Once you've made your way through this week's Community Curated selections, deepen your silver-screen knowledge with You Must Remember This, a podcast exploring the secret and/or forgotten histories of Hollywood's first century. Previous seasons of the series include Charles Manson's Hollywood, Polly Platt: The Invisible Woman, Fake News: Fact Checking Hollywood Babylon, Jean and Jane, Six Degrees of Joan Crawford, The Blacklist, and MGM Stories.

Community Curated: Movies About the Suburbs

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From satirical (American Beauty), to dramatic (Revolutionary Road), or even ridiculous (um, The 'Burbs), here are your favorite movies about the 'burbs.

Landing in the second-place slot this week is David Lynch's 1985 neo-noir Blue Velvet. Lynch discussed his body of work and Philadelphia roots when he paid a visit to BMFI in 2014.  Dive deeper into the realm of dark suburbia with Wired's Geek's Guide to the Galaxy podcast episode on the role suburbs often play in horror film.

If you missed the FSO discussion about our 'burbs movie selection, The Swimmer, you can catch up in the BMFI Film Studies Online Library, available now for free!

Community Curated: Movies Directed by Actors

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Kasi Lemmons, the writer/director of our Film Studies Online discussion film, Eve's Bayou, began her career in front of the camera in such movies as School Daze and The Silence of the Lambs. This got us thinking . . . What are the best movies directed by actors?

From Peele (Get Out) to Lupino (The Hitch-Hiker) to Redford (Quiz Show), BMFI patrons share their recommendations.

Once you've made your way through the Community Curated, dive deeper with these Film at Lincoln Center talks featuring actors/directors Elaine May, Greta Gerwig, Julie Delpy, and Jodie Foster.

Community Curated: Movies Made More Than Once

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Last week, we asked you for the best movies made more than once. From “the third time’s the charm” (John Huston's The Maltese Falcon) to unnecessary (Gus Van Sant's Psycho) to genre-changing (Throw Momma from the Train), BMFI patrons share their recommendations. Explore the full list of favorites, chosen by you.

See what Andrew J. Douglas, Ph.D., BMFI’s Senior Director of Education and Administration, has to say about remakes in last week's episode of Ask Andrew. If you have any film-related questions you'd like ask, Andrew may have the answer! Let us know in the Ask Andrew Form.

Community Curated: Movies with Non-Linear Narratives

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Inspired by Groundhog Day—or rather, Groundhog Day — we asked you for movies that tell a story in a roundabout way (or a round-and-round-and-roundabout way). From international (Rashomon) to film noir (Sunset Boulevard) to sci-fi (Edge of Tomorrow), BMFI patrons shared their favorite films with non-linear narratives.

Filmmaker David Lynch has spoken about two of this week's recommendations - Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me and Mulholland Drive - while in conversation with critic Carrie Rickey at BMFI. Revisit the recorded discussion here.

Community Curated: New Year's Movies

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Since we all agreed that 2020 couldn't be over quickly enough, we asked you for the best movies that mark the end of the year. From disaster (The Poseidon Adventure) to rom-com (When Harry Met Sally...) to sci-fi (Strange Days), BMFI patrons share their recommendations. See the full list of favorites, chosen by you.

In a year with many challenges, these Community Curated lists have given us reason to smile. Thank you for your wonderful recommendations these last eight months. Catch up on any lists you missed here.

Community Curated: Opening Title Sequences

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We asked you, "What movies have the best opening-credits sequences?" Sometimes the titles are just as creative and engaging as the movie itself, if not more so! See the list of favorites, chosen by you.

Hooked on title sequences after sifting through this week's Community Curated selections? Art of the Title is the definitive industry publication for title-sequence design, covering the film, television, conference, and video game industries.

Community Curated: Philadelphia Movies

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We asked you: What is the best movie set in Philadelphia? The Main Line and Philly burbs count!

See the ranked list, decided by you, on Letterboxd.

We're so lucky to be a part of a rich film scene in the Greater Philadelphia area. Check out some of our film friends for even more ways to engage with area movie-lovers.

Connect with local media makers in our Open Screen Monday Facebook group. We have a feeling the Philadelphia movie list will grow to include works from our amazing Open Screen Monday filmmakers.

Community Curated: Pre-1970s Horror Films

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We asked for your top horror films made before 1970. From groundbreaking (The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari) to timeless (The Mummy) to literary (The Haunting), BMFI patrons share their recommendations. See the full list of favorites, chosen by you.

Now that spooky season's upon us, catch up on BMFI's favorite horror classics with recorded Film Studies Online discussions about Cat People (1942) and Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956). Gear up for Halloween with Kanopy's slate of essential horror (you can access up to four films/month for free with your library card).

P.S. It wouldn't be a pre-1970s horror list without a Karloff-Lugosi face off. Dracula edged out Frankenstein by a hair's breadth in this week's Community Curated list.

 

Community Curated: Quarantine Movie

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We asked you: You’re in quarantine for a month. You can watch one movie. One movie. All month. No cheating. What would your quarantine movie be?

Our staff answers here, and see the full community-curated list on Letterboxd!

The Princess Bride, Hannah Cluver, Theater Staff
The Social Network, Andrew J. Douglas, Ph.D., Senior Director, Education and Administration
Kill Bill, Julia Holeman, Theater Staff
Grey Gardens, Gina Izzo, Director of Marketing
The Royal Tenenbaums, Abby Lenhard, Theater Staff
A Brighter Summer Day, Jacob Mazer, Special Programming Manager
Lady Bird, Jess McGinty, Theater Staff
The Shawshank Redemption, Jan Prendergast, Director of Finance
The Big Lebowski, Heather Rosenfeldt, Art Director
Hannah and Her Sisters, Patricia Russo, Membership Manager
Goodfellas, Jon Seidman, Theater Manager
Before Sunset, Victoria Stern, Sales and Marketing Associate
There Will Be Blood, Zane Stalberg, Membership and Rentals Coordinator

Community Curated: Robin Williams Movies

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Last week, we asked you for movie recommendations starring Robin Williams. From funny (Mrs. Doubtfire), to dramatic (Dead Poets Society), or even schmaltzy (Patch Adams, anyone?), here are your favorite Robin Williams movies.

Continue to celebrate the life and legacy of the beloved, one-of-a-kind artist with BMFI's Theater 5 new release Robin's Wish. Anchored by his widow, Susan Schneider Williams, this intimate documentary pays tribute to the actor and recounts his struggles with a then-undiagnosed degenerative disease, Lewy body dementia. For further reading: Robin Williams biographer and veteran culture reporter Dave Itskoff reflects on writing about the actor in death and life.

Community Curated: Rock-and-Roll Movies

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Inspired by what would've been Elvis Presley's 86th birthday on January 8, we asked you for the best films about rock music and the people who make it. From fictional (Almost Famous) to documentary (20 Feet from Stardom) to biographical (La Bamba), BMFI patrons share their recommendations. See the full list of favorites, chosen by you.

In honor of this week's top movie recommendation, here's a video of director and rock journalist Cameron Crowe re-visiting the old materials and memories that inspired Almost Famous.

Community Curated: Romantic Comedies

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We asked you, "What are the best romantic comedies?" From big-budget classics to under-the-radar indies, BMFI patrons share their top moments of love and laughter on screen.  See the list of favorites, chosen by you.

Once you've made your way through the Community Curated selections, sink your teeth (and heart) into last week's Ask Andrew video on the genre's current popularity and ability to adapt. Relive the charm of When Harry Met Sally with Lesson's From the Screenplay's video essayFor further viewing, check out Elizabeth Sankey's 2019 essay film Romantic Comedy.

Community Curated: Sean Connery’s Best Non-Bond Movies

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In memory of Sir Sean Connery, who passed away on October 31 at the age of 90, we asked you for Sean Connery's best non-Bond movies. From historical (The Man Who Would Be King) to action-packed (The Rock) to quirky (Time Bandits), BMFI patrons share their recommendations. See the full list of favorites, chosen by you.

Celebrate the life and work of Connery with TCM's tribute program next Wednesday, November 25, featuring Thunderball, You Only Live Twice, Marnie, The Hill and The Man Who Would Be King. 

Community Curated: Stage-to-Screen Adaptations

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Last week, we asked for your top stage-to-screen adaptations. From singable (The Sound of Music) to quotable (A Few Good Men) or even campy (Cats), BMFI patrons share their recommendations. See the full list of favorites, chosen by you.

If this week's Community Curated selections has you longing for a return to the stage, head over to our ever-growing Stage on (Your) Screen resources page, a curated list of live-arts recordings we've been updating regularly since March.

 

Community Curated: Summer Blockbusters

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Summer is the time for blockbusters! We asked you, "what are some big, loud, action-packed movies that are perfect for summertime watching?" See what your neighbors are streaming this summer in the Community Curated list.

Need a bigger list? Check out this article from USA Today that names the highest-grossing blockbuster each summer since 1975.

Community Curated: Time Travel Movies

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Inspired by the start of daylight saving time on March 14, we asked you for films that manipulate the space-time continuum. From romantic (Somewhere in Time) to sci-fi (12 Monkeys) to comedy (Groundhog Day), BMFI patrons share their favorite time travel movies.

This list marks our 50th Community Curated compilation! As we reflect on our first year of Theater 5, revisit past Community Curated lists, Film Studies Online discussions, Ask Andrew videos, and crossword puzzles.

Community Curated: Top Sports Movies

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We asked you: What are the top sports movies of all time?

Check out the BMFI selects below, and view the full list voted by you on Letterboxd.

A League of Their Own
1992 · d. Penny Marshall

In 1943, a pair of baseball-loving sisters (Geena Davis and Lori Petty) join the newly formed All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. Managed by a has-been former pro (Tom Hanks), the sisters and their teammates (including Madonna and Rosie O’Donnell) share laughs and dramas—on and off the field—en route to their league’s World Series. Remember, there's no crying in baseball!

Remember the Titans
2000 · d. Boaz Yakin

Denzel Washington stars as Coach Herman Boone, who must unite his high school's newly integrated football team and guide them to victory. This inspiring true story will sack you right in the heartstrings!

The Set-Up
1949 · d. Robert Wise

Before he made The Sound of Music, Robert Wise directed this underrated sports noir. Unfolding in real time, the film follows a washed-up club boxer (Robert Ryan) who believes his next match will end his long losing streak—not knowing that his crooked manager has arranged for him to take a dive.

Pumping Iron II: The Women
1985 · d. George Butler

The original Pumping Iron documentary, featuring Mr. Universe-era Arnold Schwarzenegger at his most buff (and most arrogant), is a camp classic. Who'd have expected that its sequel would be quite thoughtful? The documentary tracks a group of female bodybuilders during the run-up to the 1983 Caesars World Cup. Australian powerlifter Bev Francis is by far the most muscular of the bunch, yet she’s met with bafflement and hostility by the (mostly male) judges, who deem her physique not sufficiently “feminine.” It is a look into a unique subculture that offers a broader commentary on body image and gender stereotypes.

Community Curated: Vacation Location

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We asked you, if you could take a real-life vacation in any movie locale, what movie would that be? Some settings you picked are beautiful and ripe for relaxing. Some scenarios are not for the faint of heart! See the list of dream destinations, chosen by you.

Looking for more escape-worthy locales? The Smithsonian Channel's Aerial America series, which features high-flying looks at the American landscape, is streaming for free.

Community Curated: Workplace Movies

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"We're gonna need you to go ahead and fill out this Question of the Week."

From comedic (Office Space) to dramatic (Norma Rae), or even musical (How to Succeed in Business...), BMFI patrons share their favorite workplace movies for our next community curated list.

In a landslide vote, 9 to 5 claimed this week's first place slot. We last screened the film in 2018 as part of the series, A Girl’s Best Friend: Female Friendship on Film.  We miss gathering for movies and drinks on Lancaster Avenue, but at least we have Theater 5 and our 9 to 5 mugs  to hold us over.

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