02 November 2008

Sunday Matinee (Oct. 26 - Nov. 1)

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

Well. It's been a week (!). How about that? My apologies for my limited (re: nonexistent) posting lately. I never planned for Screen Savour to come to a screeching halt, but I can say that this week I'll return to my Hitchcock reviews and also possibly begin reviewing some of my favorite films (so far) from the 2000s. Thanks for the patience and well wishes and all that jazz.

But without further ado...

• First off, because its scope and magnitude make it one of the most exhilarating reads I've come across in awhile, Dean Treadway counts down 150 Great Climactic Movie Moments. (Warning? Spoiler alert? Obviously?) Additionally, Dean is the subject of this month's interview at Noirish City.

• YDKS Movies reveals its pick for Top 5 Greatest Horror Movies Ever, all fine picks as well. (I just re-watched The Shining with my wife on Halloween night.)

• Ferdy on Films pauses to reflect on the late Studs Turkel, who passed away this week at the age of 96. He was a preeminent writer and, as Marilyn notes, a consummate Chicagoan.

• Andrew at The Stop Button has reviews of Halloween (about which he and I could probably argue for weeks) and Sansho the Bailiff.

Rachel Getting Married, one of the current releases I'd still love to see, has a relatively warm reception from Daniel at Getafilm.

• Film for the Soul publishes a great review of Sweet Smell of Success.

• In a great non-film entry, The Film Doctor lists a few notes of someone new to blogging, so many of which are eerily familiar that I almost felt like he had tapped into my psyche and transcribed my thoughts and fears.

• Deadpan assesses W. and finds it "an exercise in saying a whole lot without saying anything at all."

• Documentaries skewed toward foreign policy and the international landscape were the topic of the week at The Dancing Image, whose pre-election series is ongoing, including some fine reviews of No End in Sight and Taxi to the Dark Side.

• Jerry Gerard, the director of Deep Throat, passed away this week. Roger Ebert posts his review of the 1972 porn flick. (In case you're wondering: there was a time when professional film critics were actually reviewing these films; it was the same era in which anonymous informants were named after porn.)

• My critic hero of snark and smarts, Anthony Lane, reviews Synecdoche, New York and High School Music 3.

• Andrew O'Hehir at Salon.com has just made me want to abandon everything I have to do this week and do anything possible to see see One Day You'll Understand, "a Holocaust movie you've never seen before."

• I'm still extremely pissed that they're producing a remake of Robert Wise's The Day the Earth Stood Still – with Keanu Reeves in the Michael Rennie role, no less. I'm not sure I'll see the new version, but the fact that it now exists gives J. Hoberman, writing for The New York Times, an excuse to revisit the 1951 classic.

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

This week on Turner Classic Movies:
The Man From Laramie (1955), Nov 3
The Howards of Virginia (1940), Nov 3
The Desperate Hours (1955), Nov 4
Psycho (1960), Nov 4
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), Nov 5
Rope (1948), Nov 5
The Awful Truth (1937), Nov 6
Force of Evil (1948), Nov 6
West Side Story (1961), Nov 7
Ace in the Hole (1951), Nov 7
A Streetcar Named Desire (1951), Nov 7
La Jetée (1962), Nov 8
Exodus (1960), Nov 8
The Spiral Staircase (1945), Nov 8
Guess Who's Coming To Dinner (1967), Nov 9
Sunset Boulevard (1950), Nov 9

3 comments:

Daniel Getahun 02 November, 2008  

It bears repeating every week - great picks!

The Film Doctor and Dancing Image posts are great finds - thanks much.

the editor., 02 November, 2008  

Hi! T.S.,
Thank-you! for mentioning the ongoing interview with Dean Treadway (from over
there at "Filmicability")and
me..the entire month of November. I most definitely, plan to give the other blogs a peek!

My Box Watching
The Desperate Hours (1955),
Psycho (1960),

Rope (1948),
Force of Evil (1948),

Ace in the Hole (1951),
La Jetée (1962), Nov 8 (This will be my first time viewing this film!)
Tks,
dcd ;-)

T.S. 03 November, 2008  

Daniel - Thanks a million. Of course, your writing is a great pick, too, but you failed to mention that. Ha ha.

DCD - I think you're going to enjoy La Jetée. It's a very unique and powerful film. You'll have to come back and let me know what you think.

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