07 December 2008

Sunday Matinee (Nov. 24 - Dec. 7)

Not half the price, just half the work.

I only realized after the holiday last week that I wasn't planning on writing a Sunday Matinee, and then realized I hadn't alerted anyone to the fact. My apologies. So here is a double-stuffed Sunday Matinee for your reading pleasure. Also, no more teaching for a while, so things to look for this week: at least three (count 'em, three) Hitchcock films and maybe a Christmas movie or two.

But without further ado...

• I'm excited to see Roger Ebert breaking the silly tradition of ten and giving us twenty favorite films from 2008, mercifully listed in alphabetical order.

• The classic film blog Out of the Past runs down ten enjoyable things about old movies, including but not limited to: men using matches; women's silk robes; and art deco.

• The AV Club has a run-down of the worst items ever given as gifts in the movies.

• Fletch at Blog Cabins reviews Synecdoche, New York and Slumdog Millionaire.

• Nick at Fataculture calls Rachel Getting Married, flaws and all, "one of the most wholly original films I have seen all year."

• Shawn at Deadpan writes Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist "seems to live or die on how truly hip it can be."

• John Dickerson thinks President Bush should go see Frost/Nixon to cheer himself up.

• With their Top Films of the 1930s poll complete, Wonders in the Dark launches a Top Films of the 1940s poll. Get out the vote.

• Daniel at Getafilm has reviews of Slumdog Millionaire, which he gives an A+, and Milk, which is a wonderful read alongside the marvelous discussion in the comments thread.

• A few silent comedies for you to consider at The Dancing Image: Buster Keaton's Seven Chances and a double feature of Harold Lloyd with The Kid Brother and The Freshman.

Silence is golden at PopMatters, too, with DVD reviews of F.W. Murnau's The Last Laugh and Keaton's The General.

• Tony at Cinema Viewfinder is underwhelmed at Slumdog Millionaire and calls Valkyre "one solid thriller that could help launch [Tom] Cruise back into critical favor if not necessarily commercial success."

• Dark City Dame fulfilled my challenge to submit recommendations for the National Film Registry. Also: this month at her blog Noirish City she'll be interviewing self-proclaimed "Alfred Hitchcock geek" Joel Gunz.

• Over at The Stop Button, Andrew pans Baz Luhrmann's Australia but notes it's "actually not the worst modern three-hour vanity project I’ve seen." Meanwhile, Roderick Heath at Ferdy on Films calls it "pure, unadorned, interminable, elephantine kitsch."

• Christopher Orr presents the worst cinematic trend of the year: men who write, direct and star in films and then sing the song that plays over the credits.

• The Onion: "Can anyone give me one good reason why they haven't made a second Godfather movie?"

And in case you haven't seen them...

This week on Turner Classic Movies:
Out of the Past (1947), Dec 9
The Bad and the Beautiful (1952), Dec 9
Lust for Life (1956), Dec 9
Cat People (1942), Dec 10
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), Dec 10
High Noon (1952), Dec 10
The Bishop's Wife (1947), Dec 10
The Spiral Staircase (1945), Dec 11
Gigi (1958), Dec 11
3:10 to Yuma (1957), Dec 13
Singin' in the Rain (1952), Dec 14

3 comments:

darkcitydame4e 08 December, 2008  

Hi! T.S.,
Thanks, for the mention as usual...and for pointing out the other blogs of note, I have checked them out!...A couple of the films on this Sunday Matinee line up are candidates for Recommendation at the NFR and they are:
• Lust for Life (1956),
• The Bishop's Wife (1947)and
• The Spiral Staircase (1945)

darkcitydame ;-)

Farzan 08 December, 2008  

Going to miss your Matinee's

Daniel Getahun 09 December, 2008  

Yes, thanks again - and I love the "ten enjoyable things" and "worst gifts" posts!

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