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Magnificent Obsession
Charting the unlikely ascension of Troll 2 from crappiest movie ever made to cult darling

March 13, 2009 Screens Feature by Marc Savlov

Magnificent Obsession

May 11, 2000 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Killer
This is the film that made John Woo and Chow Yun-Fat household names within action-crazed American households. Elements of conventional melodrama and criminal double-crosses blend in this story about a hitman conducting one last job to earn the money to restore the eyesight of a woman he had previously blinded.
"...plot starts off as a retelling of Douglas Sirk's Magnificent Obsession with a young nightclub singer, Jenny (Yeh), accidentally..."

April 19, 1991 Movie Review by Kathleen Maher

Johnny Belinda, Magnificent Obsession, All That Heaven Allows
"...Agnes Moorehead, Lew Ayres, Charles Bickford, Stephen McNally, Jan Sterling.MAGNIFICENT OBSESSION D: Douglas Sirk (1954); with Jane Wyman, Agnes..."

Nov. 3, 2000 Screens Review by Stephen MacMillan Moser

Sink Into Sirk This May
Alamo screens "Majestic Tears: The Melodramas of Douglas Sirk"
"...May 1: Magnificent Obsession (1954) In the improbability Olympics, Magnificent Obsession takes..."

May 1, 2017 Screens Post by Kimberley Jones

Magnificent Obsession
This is the film that heralded Sirk's astonishing end-career run of gloriously over-the-top women's pictures
"...Magnificent ObsessionCriterion Collection, $39.95..."

Feb. 6, 2009 Screens Review by Kimberley Jones

Snow Falling on Cedars
"...of place, due in no small measure to the magnificent camerawork of Robert Richardson (Natural Born Killers, Casino, Fast,..."

Jan. 14, 2000 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Magnificent Ambersons
There are hints of a meaty complexity to Welles' The Magnificent Ambersons beyond its doomed-love motif, but the 88-minutes-long film, while striking, is too brief to really explore all that it hints at.
"...THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS (1942)D: Orson Welles; with Tim Holt, Joseph Cotten,..."

Jan. 18, 2002 Screens Review by Kimberley Jones

Al Pacino stars in David Gordon Green's shot-in-Austin drama
"...blood from a wound that won’t heal.) It’s Manglehorn’s magnificent obsession: writing (first in his mind, then on paper)..."

July 3, 2015 Movie Review by Steve Davis

Love & Other Drugs
A pharmaceutical salesman with devastating charm and a woman who has no interest in settling down learn that love is the best drug of all.
"...a fine melodrama in the vein of Douglas Sirk's Magnificent Obsession (which the film obliquely recalls) – but whenever..."

Dec. 3, 2010 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Sirkus Maximus
Douglas Sirk's Fifties film melodramas expose a world of emotional turbulence lurking beneath the placid surface of the Eisenhower years.
"...melodramas found full bloom in the Fifties, beginning with Magnificent Obsession in 1954. His final film, Imitation of Life,..."

May 12, 2000 Screens Feature by Marjorie Baumgarten

Blanchett is indelible as Queen Elizabeth I, the 16th century monarch who took the British throne during divisive times.
" casting goes deep, including not only Geoffey Rush's magnificent performance as the queen's Machiavelli-quoting chief advisor, but a..."

Nov. 20, 1998 Movie Review by Russell Smith

People Who Sweat: My Middle-Aged Adventures Among Tree Climbers, Mall Walkers, Surfing Housewives, and Other Unlikely Athletes
"...Westword staff writer Robin Chotzinoff has a magnificent obsession: She must find truly interesting people and document..."

Aug. 18, 2000 Books Review by Adrienne Martini

DVDanger: 'Byzantium,' 'Kiss of the Damned,' 'Nosferatu,' 'Aeon: The Last Vampyre on Earth'
Time for a real vampire weekend
"...the actor was a real vampire. Drawing on occult obsessions with the power of shadows, he is more than..."

Nov. 17, 2013 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Something to Sink Your Teeth Into
Good advice from a guy who survived Troll 2, George Hardy, D.M.D.
"...doc, which premiered at South by Southwest 2009 (see "Magnificent Obsession," March 13, 2009), reunites the veteran Alabama dentist-cum-savior..."

April 23, 2010 Screens Feature by Marc Savlov

Written on the Wind
A Douglas Sirk tour de force, 'Written on the Wind' explores the director's typical fascination with interfamilial relationships in a hold-on-to-your-cocktail- hat production oozing with Technicolor angst
"...which produced Written on the Wind, as well as Magnificent Obsession, All That Heaven Allows, and the immortal Imitation..."

March 18, 2005 Screens Review by Stephen MacMillan Moser

AFF Opens With 'Overnight' and More
For admission information and more, see, or check back here next week for our preview
"...Imaginary Heroes and Alexandra Cassavetes' doc Z Channe: A Magnificent Obsession, which follows the improbable, tragic life of Jerry..."

Oct. 8, 2004 Screens Feature by Marc Savlov

'Heaven' Sent
Writer / director Todd Haynes resurrects the gloriously overwrought weepies of the Fifties in Far From Heaven.

Nov. 22, 2002 Screens Feature by Kimberley Jones

A Scandal in Paris
A Scandal in Paris is Douglas Sirk before Douglas Sirk became good.
"...the next 10 years until he struck gold with Magnificent Obsession and hit his stride, bombarding us with such..."

Dec. 8, 2000 Screens Review by Stephen MacMillan Moser

Page Two
How do we define Austin?
"...a lot more about Sirk. The series starts with Magnificent Obsession on May 16, at the Paramount, at 9:30pm...."

May 12, 2000 Column by Louis Black

Douglas Sirk Film Series Schedule
"...May 16Magnificent Obsession..."

May 12, 2000 Screens Feature

Short Cuts
Upcoming events and workshops of interest to the Austin film community.
"...Fifties" beginning with 1954's Rock Hudson/ Jane Wyman weeper Magnificent Obsession, Tue., May 16, 9:30pm, at the Paramount. Fans..."

May 12, 2000 Screens Column by Marc Savlov

The Big Combo
"...friends, not acquaintances. Riding high on the success of Magnificent Obsession [1954], Sirk reunited the core cast of Wyman,..."

July 30, 1999 Screens Feature

Free Will Astrology
Your weekly horoscope, June 12-18
"...21-June 20): According to novelist Octavia E. Butler, "Positive obsession is about not being able to stop just because..."

June 12, 2020 Column by Rob Brezsny

The Luv Doc: Exposed Nipples
Unlike our president, a warm, sweaty, glitter-speckled nipple is nothing to be embarrassed about
"...festival dirt, sweat, and errant, windswept glitter is a magnificent thing to behold. In fact, I would be willing..."

Oct. 26, 2018 Column by The Luv Doc

SXSW Announces Midnighters and Shorts
Henry Rollins, Jeremy Sisto join horror lineup
"..."world's greatest", erecting a museum dedicated to his bizarre obsession. An offbeat cast of lovers and acolytes remember his..."

Feb. 10, 2015 SXSW Post by Richard Whittaker

All in the Family
Director of micro-indie Krisha turns his aunt into a star
"...continually termed in interviews with the press as an "obsession," begot a nine-day shoot with a 14-person cast that..."

March 25, 2016 Screens Feature by Sean L. Malin

Ten years after Gravity, Alejandro Escovedo finds his "Paradise."
"...strings (fiddle & cello), guitar, bass, and Hector. The magnificent seven. The mob spread out in front of them..."

June 28, 2002 Music Feature by Raoul Hernandez

Box Sets
Herbie Hancock
"...and Hart, and Lerner and Loewe, among others. That magnificent voice! And the songs! "Come Rain or Come Shine,"..."

Dec. 11, 1998 Music Feature

Playback: Austin Record Convention's United Nations
Forget Record Store Day, the Austin Record Convention remains the biggest vinyl swap in the USA
"...the age of eBay and have made such magnificent discoveries an increasingly rare occurrence. That won't ever deter..."

June 17, 2016 Music Column by Kevin Curtin

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