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Sally Kellerman - Los Angeles premiere of Focus Features' 'The Danish Girl' - Arrivals at Westwood Village Theatre - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 21st November 2015

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Sally Kellerman - The Los Angeles LGBT Center's 46th Anniversary Gala Vanguard Awards honoring Miley Cyrus, Jane Fonda and Ron Nyswaner - Arrivals at Hyatt Regency Century Plaza - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 7th November 2015

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Sally Kellerman - Premiere of Focus Features' 'Suffragette' - Arrivals at Samuel Goldwyn Theater at AMPAS - Beverly Hills, California, United States - Tuesday 20th October 2015

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Altman Review


Excellent

This isn't a tell-all doc about the iconic filmmaker: it's a love letter from his friends and family. With a terrific range of film clips, home movies, behind-the-scenes footage and never-seen stills, this movie explores how Robert Altman's work has forever changed the way Hollywood makes movies, simply because his inventive filmmaking style forced everyone else to try and keep up.

After getting his start directing industrial films in Kansas City, Altman made the jump to Hollywood in the late 1950s, annoying a range of studio executives with his preference for naturalistic, overlapping dialogue in television programmes. Then he made the jump to cinema and took the world by storm with M.A.S.H. In 1970, winning the Palme d'Or at Cannes and introducing the "Altmanesque" combination of earthy interaction, ensemble casts and political subtext. In his documentary, filmmaker Ron Mann cleverly asks many of Altman's actors to define the word Altmanesque, not as it relates to the movies but as it relates to the man himself.

Altman was a rare filmmaker who was loved by his casts and crews as well as the critics. Notoriously picky film journalist Pauline Kael famously wrote that "he can make film fireworks out of next to nothing", and this documentary demonstrates this with clips and backstage moments from his classics, ranging from McCabe and Mrs. Miller (1971), Buffalo Bill and the Indians (1976) and Popeye (1980) to The Player (1992), Short Cuts (1993) and Gosford Park (2001). The film's focus is on his movies, although it's narrated through personal interviews with Altman and his widow Kathryn Reed and features some superb footage of his sons. It also traces his ongoing health issues, from his heart transplant to his death from leukaemia in 2006. But there's little mention of his lifelong anti-war efforts or his controversial efforts to legalise marijuana.

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Sally Kellerman Thursday 13th December 2012 Screening of 'Saving B. Jones' held at the ICM Screening Room in Century City - Arrivals

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Ernest Borgnine, Buzz Aldrin and Sally Kellerman - Ernest Borgnine, Buzz Aldrin, Rich Little and Sally Kellerman Beverly Hills, California, USA - The Norby Walters 21st Night of 100 Stars Awards Gala held at Beverly Hills Hotel Sunday 27th February 2011

Ernest Borgnine, Buzz Aldrin and Sally Kellerman

Serial Review


Extraordinary
Martin Mull is a little-remembered comedian of the '70s and '80s, best known for TV's Fernwood 2-Night and the HBO series The History of White People in America (with collaborator Fred Willard, since then a fixture in Christopher Guest movies). Mull achieved greatness only with Serial, an underrated mainstream comedy with moments of Albert Brooks-like social satire.

Based on a novel by Cyra McFadden about the wacky California hot-tub culture of the late '70s, Serial expanded on the novel's Marin County setting to skewer the entire decadent nation. Mull plays a working stiff whose wife (Tuesday Weld, in an excellent performance) leaves him to find herself. His teenage daughter joins a cult, and Mull tries to adapt to a single lifestyle while wanting his family back. The supporting characters include a psychologist (Peter Bonerz) who encourages Mull's best friend to drown himself in the Bay to achieve oneness with the universe, and Tom Smothers as a hippie priest who begins a wedding by apologizing for being part of a society that "kills whales."

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M*A*S*H Review


Extraordinary
As its opening song tells us, suicide may be painless, but war doesn't look all that bad, either, not the way the storied M*A*S*H tells it.

M*A*S*H isn't just the most successful translation from film to TV show of all time, it's also a masterful movie in its own rite. Maybe Robert Altman's best work (and his first movie of any serious note), though he's barely associated with the film in the popular consciousness now.

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Open House Review


Good
Movies about real estate are few (The Money Pit and Duplex are the only things that immediately springs to mind), but musicals about real estate simply don't exist.

Until now!

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Bar Hopping Review


Weak
Scott Baio, Sally Kellerman, Kevin Healon, and John Henson!!! Together again for the first time. And likely the last. This homage to the L.A. single bar scene has its moments, but it's mostly just pathetic. Tom Arnold narrates the action -- if you can call it that; it's really just a series of disjointed vignettes that end up in the same bar at last call -- with a snide, yet utterly ambivalent, sneer. Will Scott Baio get the girl? Where's Joanie when you need her?

That's Life Review


Good
Blake Edwards' semi-experimental movie is no Best in Show, but it's worth a gander anyway. Jack Lemmon is on fire as a hypochondriac turning 60 years old, his rapid-fire screed against everything is rich and real, a function of his own improvisation. There are some amazing moments in the film -- the panning shot of Lemmon in his underwear against a stark horizon is one of cinema's greats (and it's on the DVD cover) -- but too much of That's Life comes across as a victim of its improv nuttiness.

Live Virgin Review


Bad
See Mena Suvari... before she got her teeth fixed. Yikes, this snagglepuss chews up the scenery as she pits pornographer against pornographer. One wants to broadcast her deflowering (hence the title of the film), the other is her father!

Gosh, what would Donna Reed have done...

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