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Rian Johnson Shares His ‘Highly Personal’ List of Favorite 1970s Movie Musicals

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From “Cabaret” to “All That Jazz,” the “Knives Out” director takes a deep dive into an experimental decade for the movie musical.

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On the heels of Edgar Wright’s list of 100 favorite comedy films comes a more niche deep dive into the movie musicals of the 1970s, courtesy of Wright’s friend and fellow filmmaker Rian Johnson. The “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” and “Knives Out” writer-director published a list on Letterboxd citing his 10 favorite movie musicals from the 1970s, from “Cabaret” to “All That Jazz” and “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.”

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“When you think of the movie musical, the 1970s are not the first decade that comes to mind,” Johnson wrote in a statement. “But I love how that funky vital wilderness between the fall of the studio system and the ascent of the modern blockbuster manifested itself in this genre. One of cinema’s most classic forms was taken up by New Hollywood directors. It resulted in nostalgia as often as innovation, but more often than not the two mixed and filtered through a culture that was itself reeling from the 60s into the 80s. Things got weird.”

Johnson notes that “this is not a comprehensive list, it’s one movie per year, and is highly personal, meaning better movies were ignored for ones that I have more of connection to, or just something to say about.”

In picking Bob Fosse’s Oscar-winning “Cabaret” adaptation, starring Liza Minelli and Joel Grey, Johnson writes: “There’s a damn good reason this reigns supreme on any list of modern musicals. Rewatching it, it’s hard to pull apart the ways it’s simultaneously about the past, of its time, and very much timeless today. But look, I’m not going to try to talk up ‘Cabaret.’ It’s simply one of the best movie musicals ever made.”

As for “All That Jazz,” Johnson calls the film “the perfect transition into the 80s, this paean to self-obsessed self destruction is a kick in the head. It’s also complex in ways that are genuinely uncomfortable — the line between self analysis and self aggrandizing, between examining the consequences of bad behavior and romanticizing it, that’s always a queasy line.”

Check out Johnson’s list below, and visit his Letterboxd profile to read his full explanations for each selection.

1. “Donkey Skin” (1970)
2. “The Boy Friend” (1971)
3. “Cabaret” (1972)
4. “Jesus Christ Superstar” (1973)
5. “Phantom of the Paradise” (1974)
6. “At Long Last Love” (1975)
7. “Bugsy Malone” (1976)
8. “Pete’s Dragon” (1977)
9. “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” (1978)
10. “All That Jazz” (1979)

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Kim and Kourtney Kardashian come to blows in full “reality”

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The followers of the family Kardashian already aware of the friction between the sisters Kim and Kourtney. This time, however, a discussion came too far. In an episode of his reality, Keeping Up With the Kardashiansboth were involved in a discussions that were climbing up to come to blows.

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The relationship between the Kardashians started to deteriorate some months ago, when Kourtney decided to leave the reality that takes 18 seasons, but as the wife of Kanye West did not like anything. For that reason, Kourtney, who now says that he wants to dedicate himself to his family life, and Kim, who wants to continue with the program, staged one of the most critical periods since the beginning of the program.

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In the uncomfortable scene in the united States was last night in your program, the sisters, in the presence of Kendall and Khloé, they start pushing and end to the strikes.

“Do you think that I want to be in this negative environment all the days of my life?”, he told Kourtney all her sisters. “It’s torture”.

After the discussion, Khloé was very surprised with what happened. “Kim and I are really anodadas for how things escalated so fast. We don’t know where it comes from all of this. We know that there has been friction recently, but I don’t think any of us know that it was so strong. It is truly amazing that you have gone so far,” he said.

After you get to know the images of the fight, Kourtney Kardashian released a press statement where he sought to make it clear that they will no longer be part of the reality. “It is hard for me to see these first two episodes, but it is in these darkest moments where it reaches the overcoming. I finally had the courage to change what no longer was bringing me happiness and put my time and energy on what is. So choose happiness!”, he wrote in his account of Instagram.

For his part, Kim was invited to the program virtual of Jimmy Fallon, and explained that the level of violence surprised everyone, especially his mother Kris Jenner. He explained that what sparked the anger was the lack of clarity of his sister, who had not expressed his decision to leave and was on the set of reluctantly.

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Josh Horowitz Launches Digital Interview Series ‘Stir Crazy’ (Exclusive)

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The first episode features Will Arnett, with upcoming guests including Ricky Gervais, Ed Helms, Dan Levy and Ben Schwartz.

Inspired by this unusual time of social distancing and home isolation amid the coronavirus pandemic, Josh Horowitz is launching a digital interview series aptly titled Stir Crazy.

The show will offer lively and humorous chats between Horowitz — who is holed up in his New York apartment — and various entertainers who join him via a remote video connection. Will Arnett kicks off the series as the first guest.

Upcoming stars include Dan Levy, Josh Hutcherson, Ed Helms, Ricky Gervais and Ben Schwartz. To keep his guests from going stir crazy, Horowitz will utilize games like Charades and I Spy. 

Known for his work as an MTV News correspondent, Horowitz also runs the Happy Sad Confused podcast and hosts scripted sketch comedy series After Hours on Comedy Central.

Amid his own quarantine, Horowitz has been vocal on social media about his experience at home, sometimes giving comedic anecdotes. “Quarantine Josh eats grilled cheese. Otherwise I’m pretty much the same,” he tweeted Friday. On other occasions, he has asked his followers to list their favorite comfort movie and to pick the best of two rom-com film options, such as Nora Ephron’s Sleepless in Seattle and You’ve Got Mail

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Stir Crazy launches Friday at 1 p.m. PT on Comedy Central’s YouTube and Facebook pages. New episodes will post twice weekly Tuesday and Thursday. 

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