22 February 2009

Sunday Matinee (Feb. 16 - Feb. 22)

Tonight I'll be live-blogging the Oscars, bringing an end to a two months' flurry of 2008 reviews and analysis. Immediately after the show, Screen Savour will revert back to its roots — classical cinema,the National Film Registry, etc. I'll be touching on contemporary works wherever it's appropriate, and as always I'll have a timely blend of links in the Sunday Matinee.

Here's this week's required reading:

• Movie Dearest has surprising trivia about this year's Oscar nominees.

• An essential essay on Nuit et Brouillard from Allan Fish.

• Jim Emerson discusses exactly what I went through with Revolutionary Road in an essay called "The Watchmen dilemma": to re-read, or not to re-read, before the show? (Your thoughts in the comments section here would be much appreciated!)

• The Flick Chick, in her lead-up to the Oscars, has been reviewing previous winners, including one of my favorite films from the decade, The Lives of Others.

• Roger Ebert pens a touching remembrance of Gene Siskel, who died ten years ago this past week.

• An assessment of Burn After Reading at Film for the Soul.

• Cursory Oscar predictions from:
¶ Daniel at Getafilm
¶ Nick at Fataculture
¶ Matthew at From the Front Row
¶ The Hatter at The Dark of the Matinee
¶ Kirby at Movie Dearest
¶ Sam Juliano and Alexander Coleman at Wonders in the Dark (ongoing series run by Noirish City)

A.O. Scott in the Times: "Underlying both the sighs of the art lovers and the grumblings of the democrats is a shared fantasy, a cloudy, rose-tinted memory of the days when good movies were popular and popular movies were good, and the Academy Awards floated serenely in the cultural mainstream."

• "I don't want to kill you! What would I do without you? ... Youcomplete—me." (Very cool poster, via LikeCool)

3 comments:

Tony Dayoub 22 February, 2009  

Hey T.S.,

I just plugged your live blog event at my site. I'll try to check in from time to time. Good luck.

T.S. 22 February, 2009  

Oh wow, thanks. I've been anxiously awaiting the experiment all day — emphasis on experiment.

the editor., 22 February, 2009  

Hi! T.S.,

Me too!...(Just plugged your live-blog of the Oscars@)and checking out! your
required reading as usually!

T.S. said, "Screen Savour will revert back to its roots — classical cinema,the National Film Registry, etc. I'll be touching on contemporary works wherever it's appropriate..."
Great!

Dcd ;-D

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