Easter Hams

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Just in time for Easter (and a new series celebrating Al Pacino at The Quad), this episode honors an often-misunderstood subcategory of star: hams. Ranging from the amusing to glorious to cringeworthy, these actors call attention to themselves in ways that can overtake and redefine the films they’re performing in. FC Digital Producer Violet Lucca is joined by Ashley Clark, senior programmer of cinema at BAM, and Michael Koresky, editorial director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center, to chew over these over-the-top performers who produce a certain joy that a subtler actor can’t. From cops pontificating about posteriors in Heat to Maine put-down artists in Dolores Claiborne, this gammon-fueled chat is one for the ages.

  • The Panic in Needle Park
  • ...And Justice for All
  • Angels in America
  • The Godfather
  • The Godfather: Part II
  • Scarface
  • The Local Stigmatic
  • Glengarry Glen Ross
  • The Devil's Advocate
  • Angel Heart
  • Heat
  • Scent of a Woman
  • Malcolm X
  • The Crying Game
  • Manglehorn
  • Adaptation.
  • Joe
  • The Wicker Man
  • Leaving Las Vegas
  • Rumble Fish
  • Moonstruck
  • Peggy Sue Got Married
  • Honeymoon in Vegas
  • Con Air
  • Wild at Heart
  • Ghost Rider
  • The Graduate
  • The Miracle Worker
  • Silent Movie
  • To Be or Not to Be
  • Torch Song Trilogy
  • 'night, Mother
  • Home for the Holidays
  • Great Expectations
  • Malice
  • The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension
  • Raising Cain
  • Blow Out
  • The World According to Garp
  • Cleopatra Jones
  • A Patch of Blue
  • A Place in the Sun
  • The Night of the Hunter
  • The Diary of Anne Frank
  • Lolita
  • The Poseidon Adventure
  • Whoever Slew Auntie Roo?
  • Secrets & Lies
  • Misery
  • Primary Colors
  • Fried Green Tomatoes
  • Titanic
  • Midnight in Paris
  • Diabolique
  • Dolores Claiborne
  • About Schmidt
  • Gangs of New York
  • Phantom Thread
  • Lincoln
  • The Pallbearer
  • Run, Fatboy, Run
  • Star Trek: The Motion Picture
  • Ben-Hur
  • The Ten Commandments
  • Milford Graves Full Mantis
  • Ornette: Made in America
  • The Treasure
  • On the Silver Globe