Moses supposes that Mac & Maud would have nothing but roses to throw at Gene Kelly's 1952 classic Singin' in the Rain. But Moses supposes erroneously. It's the first movie we've watched where the director was intent on making a movie out of spite to try and get out of a contract. The egomania shines through - but so does a 19-year old Debbie Reynolds. Yet even with the unnecessary "dream sequence" and all-too prevalent tap dances, Mac & Maud agree that watching Gene Kelly dance with an umbrella in the rain is one of the most sublime moments in cinema history.
Then, after the break, we review Battle of the Sexes with Emma Stone and Steve Carrell. We went in expecting a generic Oscar-bait biopic, and walked out pleasantly surprised. It's an nuanced, subtle movie that takes its time to tell a very familiar story from a variety of perspectives. It might not be the best movie of the year, but it's well worth your time.
NEXT WEEK: GOODFELLAS.
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Music taken from the Second Movement of Ludwig von Beethoven's 9th Symphony. Licensed under an Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Hong Kong (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 HK) license. To hear the full performance or get more information, visit the song page at the Internet Archive.