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Shaidle at the Cinema

The "Blow Up Your School" Subgenre

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Kathy Shaidle on the macabre 'Blow Up Your School' cinematic subgenre going back all the way to 1933.

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Marcel Dalio: Poster Boy, Invisible Man

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The average person likely wouldn't recognize Marcel Dalio's name, but odds are they know his face, Kathy Shaidle writes.

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Christmas in July

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Kathy Shaidle brings us Christmas in July, with takes on It's a Wonderful Life, A Christmas Carol, and the Trailer Park Boys Christmas special, among other films.

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The Male Animal

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Kathy Shaidle on a Henry Fonda film with its roots in the Sacco and Vanzetti case

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1776

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With Hamilton now facing the cancel mob, Kathy Shaidle takes a look at Broadway's previous foray into American history, 1776...

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I Shot Andy Warhol

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Lili Taylor's Valerie Solanas is that rare thing in cinema (and, possibly, in life): A homely, mannish woman who is also charismatic, sympathetic and strangely seductive...

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A Matter of Life and Death

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Kathy Shaidle on the 'love at first sound' 1946 British fantasy-romance film A Matter of Life and Death

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Remembering Brian Linehan (For Some Reason)

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Kathy Shaidle reflects on the career of the late celebrity interviewer and fellow Hamiltonian Brian Linehan.

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Just Another Cop-out Clip Show

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Kathy Shaidle takes a look at standout scenes and compelling clips from the last 90 years of cinema, from The Letter to Fritz Lang's M to Yentl.

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Pontypool

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Kathy Shaidle takes a look at Pontypool, the Canadian zombie film in which words of adoration are society's viral pandemic.

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Little Fugitive

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Kathy Shaidle on why despite its grittiness, the 1953 indie flick Little Fugitive has still earned the adjective "wholesome."

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Scary Scenes in Non-Horror Movies

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Kathy Shaidle rounds up the scariest scenes from films outside the horror genre, from The Leopard Man and Touch of Evil to Paranormal Activity 3 and Reservoir Dogs.

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It Happened Here

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Kathy Shaidle on British inertia and conformity as manifested in a strange picture about an alternate Second World War ending

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Network

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"I half-hoped the film would be overrated and dated, but it wasn't," Kathy Shaidle writes of her recent rewatch of the 1976 film Network.

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A Semi-Random "Short Attention Span" Film Festival

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From The Little Foxes and Snake Eyes to A Star is Born and Doubt, Kathy Shaidle brings an assemblage of scenes and shorts, culminating in a personal favorite.

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Leave Her to Heaven

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If Leave Her To Heaven were made today, and were as popular now as it was then, dozens of think-pieces would be devoted to pondering one question: "What the hell is wrong with us, America?"

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JFK

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Kathy Shaidle looks at Oliver Stone's "malignant opus," JFK.

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The Kids Are Alright

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Kathy Shaidle's fed up with switching on the TV and seeing the WHO, not The Who

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The Rocky Horror Picture Show

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After the passing of British singer Genesis P-Orridge, Kathy Shaidle reflects on the cult classic, The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

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Peeping Tom

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Kathy Shaidle on Peeping Tom, the 1960 Michael Powell film about a voyeuristic serial killer in an age before Instagram.

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Terms of Endearment

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"Re-watching Terms of Endearment while having cancer may have been one of the dumber things I've done recently," writes Kathy Shaidle

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Wild in the Streets

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Kathy Shaidle on the so-bad-it's-okay 1968 hippiesploitation film starring Christopher Jones as an ageist pop star who becomes president

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La Grande Illusion

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Long before Parasite, Jean Renoir's La Grande Illusion was the first foreign film nominated for the Best Picture Oscar

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Telstar

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Kathy Shaidle looks at the biopic Telstar and lobbies for songwriter-producer Joe Meek to be in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

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The Hammer

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Kathy Shaidle on comedian Adam Carolla's semi-autobiographical film about an underperforming contractor who loses his job and his girlfriend on his fortieth birthday.

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Rope

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Kathy Shaidle on a minimally edited Hitchcock thriller with Jimmy Stewart and Farley Granger

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Falling Down

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Kathy Shaidle delves into the 1993 Michael Douglas film Falling Down.

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All About Eve

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Kathy Shaidle on the 70th anniversary of a Bette Davis classic

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Make Way for Tomorrow

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Kathy Shaidle on Oscar-winning Leo McCarey's non-Oscar-winning 1937 masterpiece, Make Way for Tomorrow, a "ruthlessly candid" film with all-too-familiar themes for many families.

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Eyes Without a Face That Wouldn't Die

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Kathy Shaidle explores two films whose stars died in 2019 – Eyes Without a Face starring Edith Scob, and The Brain That Wouldn't Die with Virginia Leith.

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A Walk on the Wilder Side

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In this week's Shaidle at the Cinema, Kathy Shaidle explores the genius and geniality of the late Gene Wilder.

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Cléo from 5 to 7

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Kathy Shaidle on a French pop star awaiting the results of a cancer biopsy in Agnes Varda's Cléo from 5 to 7

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Bette Davis Lies

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My grandmother was a Bette Davis impersonator. Not professionally, and barely amateurly, either: She only entered, and won, a single look-alike contest, well before my time.

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What's Left to Say About Psycho?

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Some of the more elevated observations about Psycho approach the level of poetry, but too often these critics are also, quite possibly, seeing things that not even Hitchcock himself conceived of.

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Less Than Meets the (Queer) Eye: Gilda (1946)

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Kathy Shaidle attempts to decipher the message of Gilda, a film she watched despite her efforts to the contrary.

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Dodsworth

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When we "discover" a great old film, we often regret not having watched it sooner. But not in this case...

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Pather Panchali

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Mark at the Movies guest columnist Kathy Shaidle is back, this time with her take on the 1955 Bengali classic, Pather Panchali.

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Westward the Women

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Guest columnist Kathy Shaidle hates westerns, yet still has a bit of a soft spot for this 1951 film, she writes in this week's Mark at the Movies.

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Champagne for Caesar

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As a teen, I read an old movie review by Pauline Kael, in which she complained that some contemporaneous satirical film was inferior to a similar one made back in 1950, called Champagne for Caesar.

That weird title lodged in my brain; I never stopped scanning TV Guide listings for Champagne for Caesar, and it wasn't until a couple of years ago that I finally saw it.

Which is odd.

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Galaxy Quest

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Mark at the Movies guest columnist Kathy Shaidle takes an intergalactic look at an underrated parody film from 1999, Galaxy Quest starring Tim Allen, Alan Rickman, Sigourney Weaver and Tony Shalhoub.

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The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp

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In this week's Mark at the Movies, we explore a wartime film misinterpreted in its day as being unpatriotic despite the opposite being true. Guest columnist Kathy Shaidle on The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp.

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Nightmare Alley

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Kathy Shaidle explores the gritty, alcohol-saturated and "God-haunted" noir film Nightmare Alley, based on the novel by William Lindsay Gresham...

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Valley of the Dolls

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Imagine a 1960s without the most infuriating parts of that era...

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The Song of Bernadette

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Kathy Shaidle on the best Catholic movie ever made by two Jews

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Seconds

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In this week's Mark at the Movies, guest columnist Kathy Shaidle delves into the evocative Seconds, starring Rock Hudson. The 1966 sci-fi drama is "fantastical," but also real in its depiction of a man's midlife crisis, Shaidle writes.

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Scarlet Street

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Kathy Shaidle explores the subtle touches and edge-of-your-seat twists of Fritz Lang's detectiveless film noir, Scarlet Street.

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Movie Magic, No Computer Required

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Kathy Shaidle on the pre-CGI era of Hollywood special effects, from Buster Keaton's Sherlock Jr to the skeleton fight in Jason and the Argonauts

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Ace in the Hole

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Kathy Shaidle is back! To kick off this series of Shaidle at the Cinema, Kathy considers Kirk Douglas in Ace in the Hole...

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Clown Ascending a Staircase

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Mark is "on assignment", as CBS used to say about Dan Rather, for a few weeks. So, as we approach the first anniversary of Jerry Lewis's death, we thought we'd invite Mark's compatriot Kathy Shaidle to offer her take on one of Lewis's most famous roles:

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