Turner Classic Movies Reframed Series

As society has progressed over time, cultural touchstones from the past have become outdated and in some cases problematic. That can make revisiting classic films a little troublesome. How can we revisit, revere and respect classic movies that have such blatantly racist characters and outdated depictions of our culture? Turner Classic Movies may have the answer.

The cable network known for keeping the love for classic films alive is kicking off a new series tonight called Reframed: Classic Films in the Rearview Mirror. With films ranging from the 1920s through the 1960s, the series will host discussions about 18 culturally significant films that are considered classics of cinema but also have problematic aspects to them. The hope is to provide context so that the films can both be appreciated and scrutinized. Read More »

True Grit is poised to cross the $100m mark in the US. While the movie is the Joel and Ethan Coen‘s widest open to date (1100 more screens than their last greatest domestic success, No Country For Old Men) that doesn’t lessen the fact that this is still their biggest domestic gross ever. Celebrate their achievement by checking out the brothers’ list of their favorite Westerns, and then puzzle over comments about making a new shot for shot version of Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner. Read More »