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Sidney Lumet has died. One less brilliant director on Earth today.

Harry here...  This is a miserable way to wake up - to the news that one of the great directors has passed away.

I mean, think about it.  Long before many of us were born in 1957, Lumet shot the brilliant 12 ANGRY MEN - the definitive jury film.  Perhaps the best courtroom drama ever made - with sizzling performances from such brilliant actors as Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb, Martin Balsam, Jack Klugman, Jack Warden and Ed Begley.   It is generally considered one of the flat out GREAT films.  And that... ...that was just Lumet's first attempt at a feature film.   He came out of television and throughout a great deal of his career he continued to make and contribute great work to television.   SO much of it, unavailable to be seen still to this day.   I'd love to see his Television remake of RASHOMON with Ricardo Montalban.   I mean, seriously...

I loved his LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT, based upon Eugene O'Neill's own home life - fueled by the likes of Katharine Hepburn, Sir Ralph Richardson, Jason Robards and Dean Stockwell...   Or his utterly brilliant film with Rod Steiger, THE PAWNBROKER - a film I really can not recommend highly enough.   

Lumet's FAIL-SAFE was the flip side serious take to Kubrick's satiric DR. STRANGELOVE - but no less great.  This is a film about the nightmare.   A mistake that will cost millions of lives, but a President, played by Henry Fonda - who must, in turn, make an in-human decision in order to save the planet from death.   FAIL-SAFE is as great as a film gets.   Walter Matthau's Groeteschele is a character that lives in a cynics' mind.   And he's kind of evil.  I loved Larry Hagman in this.  But this film illustrated Stan Lee's "With great power comes Great Responsibility" and my father had recorded this film in the late 70s off of some showing on TV - and I saw it several times - and it scared me.   Those were still the Cold War days when Bombers with Nukes were in the sky - preserving life on Earth through the brilliant madness of Mutually Assured Destruction.   

By the time the decade of the 70s came about, Lumet hit a stride that is not likely to be replicated.   I mean...  SERPICO, MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS, DOG DAY AFTERNOON, NETWORK, EQUUS and yes, even THE WIZ.   That's an amazing group of films to come from the direction of a single man.   I mean - to really think about DOG DAY AFTERNOON and THE WIZ coming from the same man is just astonishing.   That somewhere in Lumet he had THE WIZ.   It's one of the reasons that Sidney always made me smile, because as a little boy growing up at the time, I thought THE WIZ was pretty goddamn cool.   And I still think it is one of the most visually creative and fucked up movies I've ever seen - and I've seen most of the creative fucked up stuff - and this one works for me.   I can only blame Michael Jackson, Stan Winston and Sidney Lumet.

The film that Lumet made that most fucked with me, was DEATHTRAP.   I saw DEATHTRAP when I was 10 years old, and when Christopher Reeve and Michael Caine kiss - I became a very confused boy.   SUPERMAN was gay?  And in my oddly geek boy logic center...  I accepted that and decided if SUPERMAN was gay, then that couldn't be a bad thing.  Thanks to DRESSED TO KILL by DePalma I was on a pretty solid path of Heterosexuality, but DEATHTRAP made me ok with Gay - without ever having to have someone to tell me what to think.   I just figured, if SUPERMAN could be gay, it must be ok.   I know.   Crazy way to think about it, but I was 10.   

I loved THE VERDICT with Paul Newman, THE MORNING AFTER with Jane Fonda & Jeff Bridges made me think that rape was the most repugnant thing that could ever be done.

Sidney Lumet was a director who was - very much - a cinematic Social Conscience.   He made thrilling, engaging cinema that felt and often times was important.

Oddly enough - yesterday in Rehab, my Occupational Therapist told me that he was on IMDB reading about a film called BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS YOU'RE DEAD, which just happened to be Lumet's last film.  We talked about how good Phillip Seymour Hoffman was - and I asked him if he'd seen Lumet's earlier work.   Monday when I see Curtis, I get to tell him that Lumet is dead, but I think I'll pick 3 films...   Probably FAIL-SAFE, DOG DAY AFTERNOON and NETWORK to loan him.   That's a taste that you have to follow through with.

We've lost one of the great filmmakers since the 1950's.   He was a senior director making solid and strong emotional work all the way until the end.   As a lover of cinema that pushes social concerns, that is about quality and power...   Lumet will be missed greatly.

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  • April 9, 2011, 1:10 p.m. CST

    Post 0

    by HEADGEEK

    Harry says goodbye to Sidney Lumet...

  • April 9, 2011, 1:12 p.m. CST

    ATTICKA!

    by Grace_Panda

  • April 9, 2011, 1:13 p.m. CST

    Well said, Harry

    by Denty420

    Loved Lumet's work from a kid and only just heard about his passing. I'm gutted. RIP sir, the world has lost a visionary.

  • April 9, 2011, 1:14 p.m. CST

    Is it really miserable news?

    by Keith

    He was old, he had a good life, a great career. Hardly any of us will have a life as fulfilled. I mean, I'm not suggesting we break out the fireworks. It's sad that his time is done, but it isn't "miserable"; it's not a tragedy. Celebrate the man's life and his movies, I say.

  • April 9, 2011, 1:14 p.m. CST

    Now, that's what I call a resume!

    by darthderp

    RIP indeed.

  • April 9, 2011, 1:15 p.m. CST

    What a shame. He was one of the very best directors ever

    by Proman1984

    What an amazing body of work. A great man that will be missed.

  • April 9, 2011, 1:16 p.m. CST

    "Post 0"

    by Ian Sparke

    ...is just about the most irritating thing on the internet. "Post 0". Was this just a way to get rid of 'FIRST' posters? It's even more annoying than that. Especially on an obituary. I mean, come on.

  • April 9, 2011, 1:17 p.m. CST

    He's left behind an amazing legacy.

    by knowthyself

    I agree it's not a tragedy. He accomplished great things in his life and his films will be watched for many many years to come. I'm mad as hell and I'm not gonna take it anymore! RIP Sidney.

  • April 9, 2011, 1:18 p.m. CST

    yes, this sucks

    by Stifler's Mom

    He was one of the masters. RIP good sir.

  • April 9, 2011, 1:19 p.m. CST

    hear, hear

    by SupermanIsMyGod

    Very well said, Harry. I will likely be double dosing on 12 Angry Men and Dog Day Afternoon tonight.

  • April 9, 2011, 1:22 p.m. CST

    Journeyman director

    by Shaner Jedi

    and one of the best. RIP

  • April 9, 2011, 1:25 p.m. CST

    Serpicio is one of the greats

    by RedBull_Werewolf

    RIP

  • April 9, 2011, 1:27 p.m. CST

    One of the greatest!

    by Randy

    He's always going to be in my top 5, his career was so rich and he made so many fantastic films.

  • April 9, 2011, 1:29 p.m. CST

    Oh?

    by OptimusCrime

    You didn't know the difference between an actor and a character by the time you were ten?

  • April 9, 2011, 1:30 p.m. CST

    if you have not seen "network"

    by mrgreentheplant

    do yourself a favor and watch it tonight, if you can. astonishingly brilliant and hilarious foreshadowing of everything from "glenn beck" to reality television. one of my all time favorites. "dog day afternoon," "before the devil" and "12 angry men"... not too shabby

  • April 9, 2011, 1:31 p.m. CST

    12 Angry Men was his first feature?

    by Gabba-UK

    Didn't know that. Damn he was good. And will be missed.

  • April 9, 2011, 1:35 p.m. CST

    No mention of The Hill?

    by alan_poon

    I couldn't get my head around how it was directed by an American. He also coaxed one of the best if not The best performance out of Connery.

  • April 9, 2011, 1:37 p.m. CST

    The Hill

    by Judge Dredds Dirty Undies

    Fucking brilliant film. Lumet was one of my favourite directors gutted he is gone.

  • April 9, 2011, 1:38 p.m. CST

    Alan_Poon

    by HEADGEEK

    I like THE HILL, I just don't love it. Wanted to love it much more than I did.

  • April 9, 2011, 1:40 p.m. CST

    UWE BOLL, PAUL W.S. ANDERSON, McG, ZACK SNYDER...

    by marineboy

    ...are all still alive :s

  • April 9, 2011, 1:42 p.m. CST

    The Offence with Sean Connery as directed by S. Lumet

    by Bobo_Vision

    Sean Connery plays a cop looking for a child molester.....but as the movie progresses and as he brutally beats the main suspect....you start to see that the things in Connery's mind which he obsesses over, are perhaps worse than what's out there. Great film and required viewing for everyone who has every posted in a Roman Polanski talkback.

  • April 9, 2011, 1:45 p.m. CST

    The Hill has a uniquely British feel to it

    by alan_poon

    That's why , like I said, I was amazed it was directed by an American. 12 Angry Men is also the best courtroom film of all time without actually going into court.

  • April 9, 2011, 1:47 p.m. CST

    thank you harry for bringing this to my attention

    by mattforce7

    he was indeed a great director and timeless visionary. At least his work will live on as long as we preserve them in teh vaults....

  • April 9, 2011, 1:48 p.m. CST

    I'm mad as hell and I'm not gonna take this anymore...

    by Shady Drifter

    Farewell, Mr. Lumet. A legendary director. It's hard to choose my favourite film from this genius. I choose his whole body of work. Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant. So many of his films are under-rated such as The Hill and The Verdict. Dog Day Afternoon is one of the very greatest films ever. The man was a pioneer in so many genres - the court-room drama, heist movies, films about the media... RIP to a legend.

  • April 9, 2011, 1:52 p.m. CST

    I don't think you could 'love' The Hill, by any means

    by david starling

    But it is a powerful, extremely disturbing picture. I first saw it when I was 12, late at night on TVS (bygone British Commercial Television channel), and it scared the living crap out of me. In a ways, at that time, being so young, I felt horrible watching some of the characters traits and flaws - at times it felt like some of the mental beatings among ranks in the Sam Peckinpah movie Cross of Iron. I also think The Hill is brilliant, and if I had to pick another Sidney Lumet film that was just as brilliant (very difficult, his resume is something nobody could come close to!!), I would also pick Network. Network is a brilliantly sleek satire on the modern world, and dealt its deft touches a good 18 years before Oliver Stone and Quentin Tarantino hamfisted it (admittedly, apart) with the loathsome solf-love fest that is Natural Born Killers. Lumet was a total genius. A case of a man who always had something relevant and interesting to say, and affected a great many more people than they'd like to admit.

  • April 9, 2011, 1:53 p.m. CST

    NETWORK? One of the greatest films of the seventies?!

    by blakindigo

    No. One of the greatest films ever made. Rest in Peace, Mr. Lumet. Thank you.

  • April 9, 2011, 1:58 p.m. CST

    Thank you, Mr. Lumet

    by The Krypton Kid

    Thank you for your wisdom and sharing your genius. Rest well, sir.

  • April 9, 2011, 2:05 p.m. CST

    A Magnificent Director

    by Drunken Irishman

    I too count 12 Angry Men and Network as being among my favourite films ever. Hollywood has lost a true legend. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

  • April 9, 2011, 2:08 p.m. CST

    No love for Prince Of The City?

    by alynch3

    It's only the best film he ever made.

  • One of the greats of one of my favorite genres: NEW YORK CITY IN THE 1970s RIP

  • April 9, 2011, 2:10 p.m. CST

    marineboy: That's because they're still in their 40s

    by Mr. Pricklepants

    But don't worry, they'll never make a movie as good as DOG DAY AFTERNOON, NETWORK or 12 ANGRY MEN.

  • April 9, 2011, 2:12 p.m. CST

    What A Shame

    by Johnny Wishbone

    I was hoping for more quality products like Find Me Guilty, Gloria, Guilty As Sin, and A Stranger Among Us.

  • April 9, 2011, 2:16 p.m. CST

    12 Angry Men (B&W) is one of The Greatest Films EVER

    by SmokieGeezer

    An acting masterclass, Bulletproof script and Wonderful Direction. God bless you Sidney, You were good!

  • April 9, 2011, 2:22 p.m. CST

    now that lumet is gone...

    by emeraldboy

    I would urge the publishers of his book making movies to republish that. it is nothing more and nothing less then the master at work taking you through the production of a movie step by step. it really is the only book about film that you need.

  • April 9, 2011, 2:28 p.m. CST

    its not every day you get to hear my native on the inter

    by emeraldboy

    go raibh mile a maith agat.

  • April 9, 2011, 2:30 p.m. CST

    Wow, never heard of FAIL-SAFE

    by 3D-Man

    It just shot to the top of my must-see list.

  • April 9, 2011, 2:40 p.m. CST

    Before The Devil Knows You're Dead was my favorite film of 2007

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Considering how many former greats start coasting late in their careers and just cashing the check or else going completely insane (Coppola, De Palma, ect.), it was nice to have Lumet deliver an outright classic as his final film. A great fifty-year career, he will be missed.

  • April 9, 2011, 2:40 p.m. CST

    What a body of work

    by BenBraddock

    12 ANGRY MEN, SERPICO, DOG DAY AFTERNOON.. all brilliant achievements. Great career, Sydney, thanks man. Rest well.

  • April 9, 2011, 2:41 p.m. CST

    this guy was so huge Harry didn't even mention some of my faves.

    by Hercules

    Amazing movies no one saw: Night Falls on Manhattan (1996) Q&A (1990) Family Business (1989) Seek them out. One of our most accomplished writer-directors ever. RIP.

  • April 9, 2011, 2:47 p.m. CST

    Sidney Lumet & the Dangerous Net Surfing

    by filmfanatic1

    Netflix has a film called GETTING OUT by Lumet, according to them, not released yet. So, I went to IMBD, and it's not in his filmography. Googled Lumet AND GETTING OUT and I got THIS SITE MAY HARM YOUR COMPUTER. So, be careful out there. Also wanted to see STRIP SEARCH, an HBO film, not on Netflix yet. Went to Amazon and someone wants $159.00! I love Lumet, but I can't stand grave robbers.

  • April 9, 2011, 2:48 p.m. CST

    Don't forget Running on Empty

    by Moniker Jones

    This remains one of my personal favorites, and it's certainly one of the best films of the 1980s. It's also one of Lumet's most emotionally affecting features. Pure cinematic gold. I went through a huge Lumet kick about 7 or 8 years ago, and while I knew this day couldn't be far off in the distance, it literally made me say "No!" out loud when I read the news. A genuinely tragic day for cinephiles the world over.

  • April 9, 2011, 3:13 p.m. CST

    He did Running on Empty? Damn, that and

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    Stand by Me are about the only River Phoenix I can stomach. What else can be said about the movies listed in the obit? They don't make them like that anymore.

  • April 9, 2011, 3:25 p.m. CST

    Anderson Tapes REPRESENT!

    by MaxCalifornia.

    No love in here for The Anderson Tapes? Connery and Walken? I'll let that sink in for a moment. CONNERY AND WALKEN.

  • No wonder you liked Superman Returns. You had years to get used to the idea.

  • April 9, 2011, 3:47 p.m. CST

    LAST WARNING:DON'T GOOGLE LUMET AND GETTING OUT

    by filmfanatic1

    Netflix has a film called GETTING OUT by Lumet, according to them, not released yet. So, I went to IMBD, and it's not in his filmography. Googled Lumet AND GETTING OUT and I got THIS SITE MAY HARM YOUR COMPUTER. So, be careful out there. Also wanted to see STRIP SEARCH, an HBO film, not on Netflix yet. Went to Amazon and someone wants $159.00! I love Lumet, so I can't stand people who take advantage of film lovers checking out obscure titles by sending out viruses.

  • April 9, 2011, 3:53 p.m. CST

    Lumet probably made...

    by WeylandYutani

    more good-great films in his career than perhaps anyone else. Network, Fail Safe, The Verdict, Dog Day Afternoon, Serpico, 12 Angry Men... the list is simply amazing. The funny thing is he did make a film in 89 that, to this day, I detest: Family Business. For some reason every time I see this film I just hate watching it, even if the scene with Connery telling the judge (James Tolkan) to fuck himself is pretty funny. Regardless, a great career. <P> For me, Lumet will me missed along with guys like Kubrick or Newman.

  • April 9, 2011, 4:10 p.m. CST

    Eli Wallach is 95 and still going strong

    by alan_poon

    Last seen in The Ghost Writer.

  • April 9, 2011, 4:17 p.m. CST

    This one hurts... bad.

    by Manatee

    I always respected Lumet for being so passionate about the content of his films. He really believed they should have something to say. It probably cost him a lot of money over the years, but his films were always challenging and uncompromising. He was a true artist who will be profoundly missed.

  • April 9, 2011, 4:40 p.m. CST

    Very, very sad

    by mr.underwater

    But on the upside, he gave us great, great motion pictures that will live forever. It seems impossible that one man could enrich the planet so deeply, so consistently, for such a long period of time, but Lumet did it.

  • April 9, 2011, 4:48 p.m. CST

    Lumet directed THE WIZ? Thanks Harry - I didn't realise that.

    by CHRISTIAN_BALE_TRASHED_MY_LIGHTS

    You learn a new thing every day. I might now watch THE WIZ in his honor. RIP Lumet

  • April 9, 2011, 4:49 p.m. CST

    THE HILL!!! Watch it!

    by Rebeck2

    Amazing film. You can thank me later.

  • Will be missed.

  • April 9, 2011, 5:15 p.m. CST

    I watched Network for the first time last month.

    by D.Vader

    It was absolutely brilliant. I thought I'd just watch the opening and fall asleep (I was in bed and it was midnight), but I was instantly hooked and couldn't stop watching.

  • April 9, 2011, 5:17 p.m. CST

    Network, so prescient of today's media

    by D.Vader

  • April 9, 2011, 5:18 p.m. CST

    Doh

    by Smack_Teddy

    Good way to put it: a great loss. Caught up pretty late with all the guys work... still more films to go. Don't know about Christopher Reeves kiss, but I would like to just point blank straight up (no pun intended) ask Bryan Singer if Returns is obviously a Gay coda for Superman in his interpretation. No matter what the actual response or answer, it would be interesting, for sure. I believe it to be so.

  • April 9, 2011, 5:23 p.m. CST

    I had no idea he made The Wiz.

    by Ironhelix

    RIP

  • April 9, 2011, 5:25 p.m. CST

    R.I.P. Sidney Lumet

    by justmyluck

    Not much to say for this epic passing. :-(

  • There is literally no other director ever that can claim that. Easily one of the 10 greatest American directors of all time, may even be in the top 10 period. 12 Angry Men The Fugitive Kind Vu Du Pont Long Day's Journey Into Night The Pawnbroker Fail-Safe The Hill The Anderson Tapes Serpico Murder On The Orient Express Dog Day Afternoon Network Equus The Wiz Deathtrap The Verdict Running On Empty Q&A Night Falls On Manhattan Before The Devil Knows You're Dead That's 20 fucking good movies. And there's more that aren't even listed here that are worth watching also. He directed 43 movies in his lifetime. 3/4ths of his catalog is solid. Again, there are very few directors with that amount of work that can claim that much consistency. What a legend.

  • April 9, 2011, 5:49 p.m. CST

    Deathtrap experience

    by Booji Boy

    Hi Harry I, too, remember fondly seeing "DEATHTRAP" in the theatre...and when Christopher Reeve kissed Michael Caine.....my stomach got all queesy. This was the first time I ever saw two guys kissing and it left an indelible mark on my young brain..... R.I.P.

  • April 9, 2011, 6:20 p.m. CST

    The Verdict is still one of my favorites.

    by BurnedNotice_Dude

    Classic movies by a classy director. RIP

  • April 9, 2011, 7:32 p.m. CST

    One of the Greatest has past on! Read Making Movies by Sidney Lumet

    by Professor_Bedlam

    R I P Sidney! You will be missed! In a world of hack directors you were the real deal and more! I wish more people would read your books so they would understand more about the process of making a movie and understand just how difficult it can be. If you love movies Read Making movies by Sidney Lumet! It is a great read and a great way to understand film making in general!

  • April 9, 2011, 7:34 p.m. CST

    I hear that

    by Professor_Bedlam

    those hack are still alive and making movies! Now that is true evil!!!

  • April 9, 2011, 7:40 p.m. CST

    A simply amazing career...

    by Skyway Moaters

    Right up there with the best of them, and apparently a sweetheart of a man. Rest well Mr. Lumet, you earned it. No more pain, no more chemo. Your work will live on and on...

  • April 9, 2011, 7:57 p.m. CST

    Great filmmaker & he left on a high note

    by professorjack

    BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS YOU'RE DEAD is a great movie. Thank you Sidney for all you've given us

  • April 9, 2011, 8:16 p.m. CST

    Harry, check out The Offence if you haven't already...

    by LaneMyersClassic

    Connery is brilliant, Ian Bannen is outstanding in this psychological thriller. Loved The Pawnbroker. Lumet was a master, indeed.

  • April 9, 2011, 9:02 p.m. CST

    Wow, Lumet made 43 movies?

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    That's almost a movie a year for HALF-A-CENTURY.

  • With Phillip Seymour Hoffman sweatily doing Marisa Tomei doggy style.

  • April 9, 2011, 9:19 p.m. CST

    "Making Movies" first serious book about filmmaking...

    by SK229

    that I've ever read. Can still remember reading that on the beach during the summer of '94, 16 years old, and just thinking "fuck, this is what I wanna do." 17 years later... I sell insurance. Just kidding. Actually, this is pretty sad, but really, the guy had a great life and a career and if this is at all shocking, it's because, like Ridley Scott, this guy seemed to be pretty robust and healthy well into old age and even as late as a year or two ago the last time I saw him interviewed, he seemed to be perfectly fine. Anyway, he left behind a great legacy.

  • April 9, 2011, 9:25 p.m. CST

    RIP

    by frank cotton

  • April 9, 2011, 10:51 p.m. CST

    bobo_vision

    by Shaner Jedi

    yeah but Marisa Tomei on all fours was not gross.

  • April 9, 2011, 11:22 p.m. CST

    I am the Matador!

    by IamZardoz

    Fail Safe was so damn good. Frank Overton and even Dom Deluise!!

  • April 9, 2011, 11:32 p.m. CST

    Anne Bancroft in GARBO TALKS

    by Gorgomel

    her best performance. thank you Mr Lumet.

  • April 10, 2011, 3:25 a.m. CST

    Anyone not seen DOG DAY AFTERNOON

    by BenBraddock

    do it today! And think yourself blessed!

  • April 10, 2011, 5:30 a.m. CST

    Sidney Lumet was a genius

    by one9deuce

    Two of my favorite director techniques of all-time: Lumet deliberately keeping the color blue out of the THE VERDICT except for Paul Newman's blue eyes. Lumet shooting the first third of 12 ANGRY MEN from a higher angle, the middle third from a level angle, and the last third from a low angle so that the ceiling was visible, and gradually going from wide angle lenses to telephoto lenses. Giving the viewer a visual representation of the pressure and claustrophobia the jurors were increasingly feeling. He was brilliant.

  • April 10, 2011, 5:34 a.m. CST

    He Leaves a Great Legacy

    by Con Shonnery

    Anyone who claims to love movies should have a collection of this man's films. He was one of the true greats. RIP

  • April 10, 2011, 6:12 a.m. CST

    Dog Day Afternoon is a prequel to the Godfather

    by Bobo_Vision

    Michael Corleone and his brother Fredo rob a bank together, and meanwhile, Jerry Dandridge from Fright Night is trying to shape shift from a man to a woman. But Michael gives him a couple qualudes, and then he loves him the next morning.

  • April 10, 2011, 6:37 a.m. CST

    FAIL-SAFE

    by Mastidon

    Scared the fuck out of me as a kid. Just watched 12 Angry Men again the other night. ATTICA! Such amazing films. He will be missed. RIP.

  • April 10, 2011, 6:54 a.m. CST

    Prince of the City

    by Jack Black

    Know Harry didn't mention, but worth a look (even at it's 3hrs or so running time).

  • April 10, 2011, 7:59 a.m. CST

    Network is a timeless classic with big balls

    by quintana007

    The hilarious 'Tube' speech of Peter Finch is exactly whats goin on today. And don't forget Ned Beattys 'Money Talk'. Thank you Mr. Lumet and R.I.P.

  • April 10, 2011, 9:40 a.m. CST

    Always getting Sidney Lumet mixed up with Sydney Pollack...

    by ufoclub1977

    Who also directed Paul Newman in another movie the year before: "Absence of Malice" in 1981.

  • April 10, 2011, 10:23 a.m. CST

    NETWORK is probably my favourite film of all time...

    by ThunderPeel2001

    Just incredible.

  • April 10, 2011, 10:39 a.m. CST

    Ok with gay

    by Tikidonkeypunch

  • April 10, 2011, 1:31 p.m. CST

    Uh, Superman was a MURDERER in Deathtrap. Was that good too?

    by Drath

    Honestly, I don't think a role as a sociopath who is also gay made being gay look good. If anything it connected being gay with being immoral and flat out evil. I think Victor/Victoria deserves far more credit for giving homosexuals a flattering portrayal on film at that time. "You bitches!" I just realized we lost the directors of both those movies just recently now. Very sad times!

  • April 10, 2011, 4:35 p.m. CST

    WOW I JUST WATCHED FIND ME GUILTY THIS PAST WEEK.

    by Meadowe

    It was an ok movie, I really like Linus Roache and it was cool to see Vin Diesel try something different, and the dward lawyer played by Peter Dinkage was great....I think my fave flick of his is Running On Empty with the late great River Phoenix, and also Judd Hirsch did great in it too, and the mom I forgot her name but she was top notch.

  • April 10, 2011, 7:13 p.m. CST

    What is Death?

    by ieatgarbage

    And Who is Cindy Luminous?

  • April 10, 2011, 7:21 p.m. CST

    I am Gay

    by ieatgarbage

    I am Super

  • April 10, 2011, 7:21 p.m. CST

    Freedom Watch!

    by ieatgarbage

    I am Paul Reserved!

  • April 10, 2011, 11:41 p.m. CST

    CHILD'S PLAY

    by danofan59

    It's a crime that Lumet's 1972 adaptation of Robert Marasco's creepy stage drama has never been released to home video in any form. And I think we know who to blame for that. Burn in hell, Chucky!

  • April 10, 2011, 11:48 p.m. CST

    Loved "Prince of the City" when I first saw it.

    by njscribe44

    I thought it was a better police corruption movie than "Serpico." Didn't know Sidney Lumet did both! "Q&A" and "Night Falls on Manhattan" were also worthwhile efforts in that genre, if not as memorable. RIP: Mr. Lumet.

  • April 11, 2011, 2:29 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    I second the appreciation for THE HILL. Both a prison movie and an anti-war movie - if you haven't seen it then well worth seeking out .I'd personally put it up there with 12 ANGRY MEN as Lumet's best work. RIP.

  • April 11, 2011, 9 a.m. CST

    I think this is the 55th post. that's sad as...

    by Citizin_insane

    Thanks for all the cool times mr lumet

  • April 11, 2011, 10:24 a.m. CST

    One of the legends...what a resume of great films

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    that were actually about something, a rarity nowadays.

  • April 11, 2011, 11:50 a.m. CST

    Love his films, love his works, and devoured his books on film.

    by impossibledreamers

    Thank you, Mr. Lumet for giving me a lot of film education without going to UCLA or USC. If you into film at all, get his books.

  • April 11, 2011, 12:33 p.m. CST

    Network isn't just plausible, it happened already

    by Samuel Fulmer

    It's called Fox News, except if back in 1976 people were able to see a broadcast of Fox News, they would think it had to be a fake newscast.

  • April 11, 2011, 12:34 p.m. CST

    One of the few directors

    by Samuel Fulmer

    That actually knew how to get Connery to act in a non-Connery way.

  • April 11, 2011, 1:06 p.m. CST

    Fail-Safe overhyped

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Prince of the City underhyped.