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The Lion in Winter (1968) Directed by Anthony Harvey "Did the Channel part for you?" A film, yes, but also a towering, regal monument to the healing power of sarcasm and sniping, the things that keep us sane, from which life, dreams, are made. Intelligence curdles into bitterness and every smile is a box of knives in this most voluptuous Christmas film. The Lion in Winter centers on a never-better Katharine Hepburn, winsome in her venom,...
The Battle of Algiers (1966) Directed by Gillo Pontecorvo Based on the eponymous campaign during the Algerian war, The Battle of Algiers is perhaps best known for its technical aspects, which have been rarely, if ever imitated: the almost universal use of non-actors; the hand-held, documentary-style aesthetic, so convincing that the film ran in America with a disclaimer that “not one foot” of actual war footage was used. But none of this would be nearly...
Do beans belong in chili? Is chili best served on a bed of rice, noodles, or on its own, accompanied with nothing but a chunk of corn bread? There are few food debates that have stirred the pot as much as trying to determine the algorithm on what constitutes a prefect bowl of chili. And unlike the “is a hot dog a sandwich” debate (it’s clearly a sandwich ), the chili debate is not...