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Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Me & Bobby Altman

Just pluggin' myself, with a review (second down) of Running Scared, which is so not the Billy Crystal/Gregory Hines buddy cop pic, and, as ever, Rep.

While I'm here, let's semi-belatedly celebrate Robert Altman's 81st birthday, as well as the Honorary Oscar he'll be infinitely more belatedly receiving next Sunday. Here's my Top Five R.A. favorites:

01. McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971)
02. The Long Goodbye (1973)
03. 3 Women (1977)
04. California Split (1974)
05. Tanner '88 (1988)

(Still need to see: Brewster McCloud; Thieves Like Us; A Perfect Couple; Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean; Vincent & Theo; and, of course, Prairie Home Companion.)

Well worth the look is Terrence Rafferty's piece on the man in Sunday's NYT. One question, though: is The Company, his ballet-a-thon from 2002, actually considered an Altman Doozy as per the consenseus? 'Cause it certainly shouldn't be...


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