21 December 2008

Sunday Matinee (Dec. 15 - Dec. 22)

Not half the price, just half the work.

The holidays are here, and I have some links to a few mainstream best-of lists below. I have yet to read anything from non-mainstream, independent bloggers, but I'll link to those whenever they show up. I'll be traveling the next few weeks, but still posting, so check back for new content, including: It's a Wonderful Life, a new installment of Sound Savour, and an essay of what to expect here in '09.

So without further ado...

• There's a great debate over at Cinema Viewfinder on style versus substance in cinema (or is that just a stylistically superficial way to describe the debate?).

• Nick at Fataculture has a review for Wendy and Lucy.

• Coleman's Corner discusses Barbara Stanwyck and Christmas in Connecticut.

• Over at Wonders in the Dark, Allan Fish has a conversational essay about what it means to be noir and how we can step outside the box when it comes to style definitions.

The Stop Button and From the Front Row both have exultant reviews of Gran Torino.

• In the wake of Yes Man, The Film Doctor examines The Truman Show.

• The Dancing Image has a string of "Quick One" reviews of several recently seen films. (Also: while you're over there – because you really should be – check out his essay in response to Newsweek's recent feature on art under the Bush administration.)

• Farzan reviews Milk and finds it to be "easily one of the year's best."

• A flurry of Best-Of Lists:
Manohla Dargis;
A.O. Scott;
Roger Ebert's top ten foreign films;
¶ The AV Club's compendium (and individual lists);
Peter Travers;
Glenn Kenny; and
Kris Tapley.

And if you haven't seen them already...
The next two weeks on Turner Classic Movies:

• Celebrate Humphrey Bogart's birthday (Dec 25) with a marathon. Casablanca (1942), The Big Sleep (1946), The Maltese Falcon (1941), The African Queen (1951), and High Sierra (1941).
Annie Hall (1977), Dec 27
Mr. Hulot's Holiday (1953), Dec 29
Stagecoach (1939), Dec 31
It Happened One Night (1934), Jan 1
King Kong (1933), Jan 1
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956), Jan 3
Modern Times (1936), Jan 3

4 comments:

NoirishCity.... 21 December, 2008  

Hi! T.S.,
What I have checked out!...Coleman's Corner discussion of Barbara Stanwyck and Christmas in Connecticut.
Allan Fish's essay and I have also commented on his essay about what it means to be noir... over there at "Wonders in the Dark."
and What I will checked out!... Farzan reviews Milk and finds it to be "easily one of the year's best." (and I most definitely, will take a "peek" at the other blogs!)

Watching on the box:
TCM Celebration of Humphrey Bogart's birthday (Dec 25) with a marathon. (But, of course!) Casablanca (1942), The Big Sleep (1946), The Maltese Falcon (1941), The African Queen (1951), and High Sierra (1941).And all I can say, is Yay!...and
Invasion of the Body Snatchers(1956)

A Note of Thanks!...
To: T.S. and Campaspe (The Self-Style Siren) for the add on to their roll of honor.

DCD ;-)

NoirishCity.... 21 December, 2008  

Semi-Spoiler Alert!

Btw,
I checked out! director Alfred Hitchcock's (Original Version of...)"The Man Who Knew Too Much" this morning on TCM...and all I can say is ...Wow! a much more "violent" scene near the end than the remake with actor Jimmy Stewart and actress/singer Doris Day.

dcd ;-)

Sam juliano,  22 December, 2008  

Thanks again T.S. for that shout out on Allan's great essay and the site, and I completely agree with T.S. in that Alexander's CHRISTMAS IN CONNECTICUT review is superlative.

HAPPY HOLIDAY TO ALL AT SCREEN SAVOUR and to DARK CITY DAME of course!

Farzan 22 December, 2008  

Thanks again for the heads up T.S and im very much looking forward to King Kong (1933).

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