12 October 2008

Sunday Matinee, Sept 28 - Oct 11

Not half the price ... just half the work.

Whew. I had to postpone Sunday Matinee from last week because I was on the road, and, committed reader that I am, promised to do a double-loaded Matinee. What I did not expect was that there would be so much quality material from you guys in this last fortnight. (I mean, I know you produce quality, but the quantity is so spectacular.)

So without further ado...

• Dean at Filmicability publishes a fantastic look at what should have won Best Picture from 1927 onward. I think we've officially got a meme going, too, and I'll try to publish my own as soon as possible. Suffice it to say now, I wholeheartedly agree with Dean on many, many, many of his selections, but still: I'll take issue with The Graduate, Brazil, and 1999 through 2007. Ha. More to come...

• Film review four-play #1: Assessments of Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist at Blog Cabins, MovieZeal, The Film Doctor, and Getafilm.

• Film review four-play #2: Assessments of Religulous at MovieZeal, Deadpan, Blog Cabins, and The Stop Button.

• Tony Dayoub at Cinema Viewfinder has reviews from the NY Film Festival of Steven Soderbergh's Che and Darren Aronofsky's The Wrestler.

• Memoriams to Paul Newman in the last two weeks continued. Bowen's Cinematic has a great essay on two moments with the actor. Meanwhile, The Dancing Image looks at Newman in The Verdict and Coleman's Corner looks at Newman in Cool Hand Luke.

• Joseph at Cinexcellence publishes a wonderful look at Errol Morris's Gates of Heaven.

• Two takes on two versions of 3:10 to Yuma: The Dancing Image on the Yuma '57 and Cut, Print, Review on Yuma '07.

• Deadpan's examination of Alfred Hitchcock continues, including a great look at Strangers on a Train.

• The Film Doctor has 11 thoughts on A Streetcar Named Desire on DVD.

• Ibetolis at Film for the Soul has seven words for Un Chien Andalou: "Now that's how you open a movie."

• The Dancing Image continues "hating Hollywood" – hooray! – with Sunset Boulevard.

• Allan Fish at Wonders in the Dark has a miniature masterpiece collection with reviews of The Magnificent Ambersons, To Be or Not To Be, and Vertigo.

• Andrew at The Stop Button slams Peter Jackson's King Kong. I couldn't agree more that the film is a boat of stink, but the review is a joy to read. (His take on the 1933 King Kong can be read here.) On the awesome-film front, Andrew also has reviews of Casablanca (of course) and The Ow-Bow Incident.

• YDKS Movies starts a countdown of the 25 Greatest Horror Movies Ever.

• Dana Stevens at Slate is lukewarm to Body of Lies. (As the editors at Metacritic say: "If Gladiator and The Departed got married and adopted a baby, that baby would be Body of Lies.")

• Finally: I don't believe in intentionally avoiding politics because this is a movie blog. I wear my politics on my sleeve and on the right column of this web page, and you can take it or leave it as you will. Most of the time I also don't see much of a reason to comment beyond necessary thoughts in relevant reviews and the little endorsement tag; however, something disturbing developed this week. Many citizens – reeling perhaps for the first time in their lives at the prospect of a roundly defeated agenda – were explicitly given permission by major political figures to channel their frustration, disappointment, anger, and xenophobia in an aggressive, hate-filled mob mentality that is profoundly unsettling to the majority of Americans. These citizens have screamed "traitor!" and "kill him!" and "off with his head!" and "terrorist!" at the mention of a man who is the presidential nominee of a major American political party. What's worse is that days went by where two national political figures and their surrogates callously and selfishly roused this fear and anger, fervidly stoking the burning embers of a dying fire – days when these figures should have shown what real leadership entails and put an end to this downright disgraceful demagoguery. Their actions are dangerous, irresponsible, and possibly felonious, and while they have pulled back from their nasty politicking, I nonetheless sit disappointed. Those people should sit ashamed. (Frank Rich has more thoughts on the matter.)

And if you haven't seen them already...

This week on Turner Classic Movies:
Hud (1963), Oct 12
Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956), Oct 12
Cool Hand Luke (1967), Oct 12
My Man Godfry (1936), Oct 13
The African Queen (1951), Oct 14
Singin' in the Rain (1952), Oct 14
Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (1988), Oct 15
Harvey (1950), Oct 15
Shall We Dance (1937), Oct 15
Swing Time (1936), Oct 15
Bringing Up Baby (1938), Oct 15
Gaslight (1944), Oct 16
The Thief of Bagdad (1940), Oct 16
Gilda (1946), Oct 17
A Night at the Opera (1935), Oct 18
Dr. Strangelove (1964), Oct 18
The Great Escape (1963), Oct 18
Hannah and Her Sisters (1986), Oct 19

8 comments:

darkcitydame4e 12 October, 2008  

OMG!...Where do I begin!...I guess check~out Deadpan's "Strangers on a Train" review.
I already commented on Allen Fish's
3 reviews. I must admit I kind of "fumbled the ball" when it came to going up against the "The Master of Noir" Tony D'Ambra, (nerves, I guess?!?) and Hitch's Vertigo!(Drop head in shame!...and turn in Alfred Hitchcock FanClub card!)On the box ... Check-out!"Gaslight," "Gilda" and "A Night at the Opera." Just because I don't mention the other blogs don't mean that I don't check them out!...I do!

dcd ;)

MovieMan0283 12 October, 2008  

Some great-looking links - thanks! I'm in complete agreement on your political comment, which isn't even a political comment because it goes beyond that. On the surface, the Right can say (and has been saying) "oh there are kooks on both sides, big deal, just people riled up." But there's something else going on here, and it is quite disturbing.

To McCain's credit, he finally started to counter this crap the other night (though apparently he was booed for doing so). Palin, on the other hand, remains unapologetic.

Sam Juliano,  12 October, 2008  

What a wonderful service here T.S., to mention all the work going on at other blogs.

In behalf of my ultra-talented partner, Allan Fish, I thank you for the exposure for Wonders in the Dark,, an dthanks again to you DARK CITY DAME.

Andrew Wickliffe 12 October, 2008  

Glad you liked the Kong post. It was kind of hard to keep focused when there was just so much to talk about... then a friend told me about the tap-dancing for a 35-foot ape and I almost wish I could have made it to see it, just for the post. But I know I couldn't.

I'm terrible at remembering to comment--love the site and the Hitchcock month.

Ibetolis 12 October, 2008  

Thanks for the link.

I do love this feature, I've read so many quality posts thanks to your recommendations. It's nice to feature in an esteemed list and on such a worthy site. Thanks again

darkcitydame4e 12 October, 2008  

Hi! S.J.,
No!...Thank-you! for the very "warm" and "friendly" welcome to your blogspot...Wonders in the Dark when I first visited your blogspot.

S.J.,Do we belong to the (M)utual (A)dmiration (S)ociety yet?

dcd ;)

Anders 13 October, 2008  

Thank you for the feature!

Without it, I wouldn't have seen The Dancing Image's in-depth look at the original Yuma, not to mention all the other great blog additions of the last week. The King Kong posts were of particular enjoyment.

Thanks again,
Anders.

Daniel Getahun 13 October, 2008  

Thanks, T.S. A solid two-week roundup!

I was especially interested to see another review of Strangers on Train, which I tried to tackle this summer. Look forward to yours this month.

And I'm with you re:McCain. Pretty frightening stuff.

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