NASHVILLE
1975, Paramount, 159 min, USA, Dir: Robert Altman

One of Robert Altman’s greatest pictures is this sprawling, nearly-out-of-control mosaic of a movie, a loosely linked series of sagas following numerous colorful characters in Nashville on the occasion of a political convention and a music festival. Somehow, as if by magic (and aided by Joan Tewkesbury’s script), Altman pulls together all the seemingly disparate threads, making everything cohere in a funny, sad, poignant and exhilarating totality. The cast includes Karen Black, Ronee Blakely, Lily Tomlin, Shelley Duvall, Keith Carradine, Ned Beatty, Barbara Baxley, Gwen Welles, Henry Gibson, Robert Doqui, Allen Garfield and more Oscar-nominated for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Supporting Actresses (both Tomlin and Blakely). Carradine received an Oscar for Best Original Song, "I’m Easy."


THE MODERNS
1988, MGM/Park Circus, 126 min, USA, Dir: Alan Rudolph

Director Alan Rudolph beautifully re-creates 1920s Paris in this study of American artists abroad. A terrific ensemble, led by Keith Carradine as an art forger and Linda Fiorentino as his married ex-flame, brings the period to life, mixing fictional characters with real-life figures including Ernest Hemingway and Gertrude Stein. With Genevieve Bujold, Wallace Shawn and John Lone.


COWBOYS AND ALIENS
2011, Universal, USA, Dir: Jon Favreau

Based on Scott Mitchell Rosenberg's graphic novel of the same title, director Jon Favreau (IRON MAN, IRON MAN 2) brings the space-invaded Wild West to life with UFO-swooping, pistol-slinging excitement. Daniel Craig stars as Jake Lonergan, a stranger who stumbles into the grim, fear-governed desert town of Absolution, only to discover that no residents make a move without the permission of hard-as-nails Colonel Dolarhyde (played by the iconic Harrison Ford, making a welcome return to the summer blockbuster arena). When Absolution is attacked by terrifying, otherworldly marauders from the sky, Jake and the Colonel, along with a small band of cowboys, become the city's only hope for survival against the lethal alien visitors. With Olivia Wilde, Sam Rockwell and Keith Carradine.


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