Posts Tagged ‘Ellen Burstyn’

Requiem for a Dream

“I’m somebody now, Harry. Everybody likes me.” Phew. This film should be required viewing for all high school seniors. It’s brutal and intense, but also honest and powerful in its depiction of addiction. Join us — Pete Wright and Andy Nelson — as we finish up our series on the immensely gifted actress Ellen Burstyn…

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The Exorcist

“I’m telling you that that thing upstairs isn’t my daughter!” It’s pretty rare for a film to come along that has such a visceral effect on people when they’re watching it where they faint or throw up because it’s so overwhelming. When “The Exorcist” was released just after Christmas in 1973, it had that effect.…

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Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore

“It ain’t Peggy Lee.” Ellen Burstyn won her Oscar for Best Actress for her powerful turn as Alice Hyatt in Martin Scorsese’s 1974 film “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore,” and it was clearly well-deserved. Always an actress in pursuit of roles as strong female characters, Burstyn took this film on after her huge success with…

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