Watch List Weekly Recap 8/4/23

A film noir mystery trip, a farewell to a New Hollywood maverick, and a brand new podcast with a dear old friend.

Watch List Weekly Recap 8/4/23

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Classics 🎞

One Good Film: Mystery Trip Edition

Ty Burr • Aug 7, 2023

Back when my kids were little, my wife and I used to pack them into the car on weekend mornings for what we called a “mystery trip” — destination unknown but guaranteed to be fun. Sometimes ice cream, sometimes apple picking, sometimes a movie. Today I discovered one of my favorite classic films, a lesser-known MGM noir that to my knowledge has never been on VOD, hanging out in a fine print on the French video-sharing service

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Remembrances ⭐️

William Friedkin 1935-2023

Ty Burr • Aug 8, 2023

One oddball detail caught my eye in the Times obituary for William Friedkin this morning: He cut his teeth directing “Bozo’s Circus,” among other TV shows, for Chicago station WGN. What went through the mind of the man who would give us “The Exorcist” and “The French Connection” as he filmed kiddie hijinks o…

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Classics of the New Millennium: "Inside Man" (2006) with Wesley Morris

Ty Burr • Aug 11, 2023

This one reunites me with my former Boston Globe work-BFF, New York Times critic-at-large Wesley Morris. When asked which movie he’d like to discuss, Wesley went straight to Spike Lee’s 2006 heist movie “Inside Man,” which stars Denzel Washington, Clive Owen, and Jodie Foster, and which prompted a lively discussion on genre, casting, and all things Spike. Have a listen. (55 mins.)

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