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Old August 3 2011, 03:02 AM   #608
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Re: Movies Seen in 2011

90. The Apartment (A-)
91. Captain America: The First Avenger (A-)
92. Ordinary People (A-)
93. Days of Heaven (B+)
94. Yojimbo (A-)
95. Tangled (A)
96. Cowboys and Aliens (B)
97. Crazy, Stupid, Love (A-)
98. Beginners (A-)
99. They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (A+)

Someone should suggest to John Boehner that they bring back dance marathons. Hey, something's gotta replace Social Security.

Amazingly bleak 1969 Great Depression drama from director Sydney Pollack starring Jane Fonda (who looks a lot like Sigourney Weaver here). Set during a grueling dance marathon that functions as a microcosm of contemporary society: the poor struggle and suffer for the amusement of the better-off, and the "winner" gets screwed over in the end (the film doesn't even bother telling us who wins the contest, since it doesn't matter). Feels exhausting to watch everybody. The end balances on the edge of being a bit melodramatic, but I think it works. Gig Young won the Oscar for his portrayal of the promoter, a believable ordinary huckster who is utterly banal at being a complete heel.
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