Tuesday, December 28, 2010

The National Film Registry strikes back


...with The Empire Strikes Back, Airplane!, and Saturday Night Fever all making the grade this year. Does this mean George Lucas can't tamper with future Empire incarnations anymore?

Monday, December 27, 2010

OFCS nominees announced


That would be my peeps at the Online Film Critics Society. Social Network, Toy Story 3, etc. Glad to see A Prophet (pictured) up there for best film not in the English language; in any language it's tops.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Popdose: Lead reads


New books that can still be picked up in plenty of time for Christmas--why not give the gift of Hammer horror this season?

Friday, December 17, 2010

Popdose: Remembering Blake Edwards


Days of wine and roses, and glow in the dark condoms, with the director of Breakfast at Tiffany's, The Pink Panther, and Victor Victoria.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Popdose: Awards season smackdown


In which I review the reviewers' picks of the year, slap around Black Swan (pictured), and remember the forgotten Jim Carrey. And more, for Popdose.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Live Design: The year ends


Not with a bang, but with a couple of whimpers, only one truly rewarding. Pictured are Jeffrey Wright and Mos in John Guare's A Free Man of Color.

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Cineaste: Previewing History, Final Episode

This is the end, as TCM's Moguls and Movie Stars reaches its climax, which airs Dec. 13 at 8pm EST. Goodbye, Jack Warner, hello, Roger Corman.

Friday, December 03, 2010

Cineaste: Previewing History, Part 6

TV is the thing this year, as Hollywood confronts the menace of the box in Episode 6 of TCM's Moguls and Movie Stars, which begins airing next Monday (12/6) at 8pm EST.

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Popdose: The Sorcerer's Apprentice on DVD


Rabbit out of a hat: A Nicolas Cage/Jerry Bruckheimer/Jon Turteltaub collaboration that isn't horrible, thanks to a strong supporting role played by New York.

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

The Winter edition of Cineaste


It's on sale and online. Amidst my Moguls and Movie Stars dispatches: A considered takedown of the Oscar-winning The Secret in Their Eyes (pictured), an interview with Waiting for Superman director Davis Guggenheim, Red Desert and von Sternberg on DVD, and much, much more.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Cineaste: Previewing History, Part 5


Here's lookin' at you, kid...with a review of tomorrow's episode of Moguls and Movie Stars, "Warriors and Peacemakers," covering the years 1940-1950.

Live Design: Play dates


More shows this week, but you'll have to act fast to see the flop Elling and the festival attraction Lingua Franca, which close today. Elf (pictured) hangs around through Jan. 2.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Popdose: Criterionpalooza 2010


Happy holidays, David Bowie...and to all a good last-day sale as Barnes and Noble's Criterion Collection blowout ends. I sift through 13 (!) recent releases.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Cineaste: Previewing History, Part 4

For my 1,001th post, a preview of the latest episode of TCM's Moguls & Movie Stars, "Brother, Can You Spare a Dream," covering the years between 1928 and 1940. It begins airing Monday 11/22.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Live Design: Season rundown


Current Broadway and Off Broadway shows in review this week include the musical of Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown and Michael Shannon and his finned friend in the comedy Mistakes Were Made.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Cineaste, UnionDocs, and Of Time and the City


Terence Davies' acclaimed 2008 portrait of Liverpool, his native city, will be screened at UnionDocs this Saturday, Nov. 20, at 7:30pm. Cineaste's Leonard Quart and critic Graham Fuller will be on hand for a discussion. Quart's interview with the filmmaker (pictured) is here.

And, hey, Cineaste made Empire magazine's list of Top 100 Movie Sites. They like us, they really like us.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Friday, November 12, 2010

Cineaste: Previewing History, Part 3


My review of "The Dream Merchants," the third episode of TCM's Moguls and Movie Stars, which airs next Monday at 8pm EST. With "It Girl" Clara Bow.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Popdose: Remembering Dino De Laurentiis


"No one cry when Jaws die. But when the monkey die, people gonna cry." Rewinding the hits and misses of the legendary producer.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Popdose: Morning Glory


Rachel McAdams calls Popdose headquarters to find out what the Film Editor (me) thought of her new movie. He gives her the good and “bang” news.

Saturday, November 06, 2010

Friday, November 05, 2010

Cineaste: Previewing History, Part 2

My preview of the second part of TCM's Moguls & Movie Stars, "The Birth of Hollywood", is up now on the site. Chaplin, Griffith, and Theda Bara, too.

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Popdose: Toy Story 3 on DVD


Cheer up, voters: Buzz and Woody and the gang are back in the super-successful sequel. Return to your childhood; God knows Tea Party candidates and their constituents have already reverted to theirs.

Monday, November 01, 2010

Popdose: Thrillers That Play With Fire


This time: The Girl Who Played with Fire is a proven commodity, Red Hill a good western, The Eclipse worth exhuming on DVD...but how I can resist spotlighting this wonderful poster from the giallo-themed Amer? I couldn't, and didn't.

Cineaste: Previewing History

Week by week through Dec. 13 I'll be writing Cineaste's first serial post, a review of each episode of TCM's Moguls and Movie Stars: A History of Hollywood. Tonight at 8pm EST: Episode 1, "Peepshow Pioneers."

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Popdose: Top Ten scary movies


Breaking radio silence (not that I'm inactive on Facebook or Twitter, both linked here, and where I'm humming along)--what's scaring us over at Popdose. I have issues with this list (no original Texas Chain Saw Massacre? Really? The Amityville Horror, huh?) but I did write up the justly honored Phantasm and Hellraiser. You can take those to the blood bank.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Live Design: Brits on and Off Broadway


Four shows reviewed this time, the Broadway ones higher profile than the Classic Stage Company's take on Orlando--but how could I not spotlight this photo of David Greenspan all dolled up as Elizabeth I?

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Popdose: Social butterflies


A status update on The Social Network (pictured) tags the Wall Street sequel and Inside Job. But the sensitive may want to defriend the horrific Red White & Blue.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Retrieving the Mask


I'm fascinated by movies that fail to merit any external reviews on the Internet Movie Database. What did they do to earn such obscurity? Such a one was Jules Dassin's Uptight (1968). I drew from Roger Ebert's review of it, but it wasn't until I posted my own, in 2008, that his review was linked to the section, along with another. It's not the first time I'd done this; I'm a do-gooder, and I like to do good by these orphaned productions.

Today I came across something I'd never seen before: A movie that lacked not just external reviews, but user reviews. Someone, somewhere, posts something on every movie out there, no matter how obscure. It's as if Behind the Mask (1958) never existed, as I discovered as TCM broadcast a tatty old print of it early Saturday morning and I looked it up. "That's not right," I thought. "An injustice."

Time to set things straight and go...behind the mask. Who ya gonna call?

For the record, this is a British hospital drama, an undistinguished British hospital drama--but there are plenty of undistinguished British hospital dramas that have some adherents on the IMDb. And this one does have one point of distinction, not a small one, either. It was the first feature film appearance of a 21-year-old Vanessa Redgrave (besides some sort of fashion model short two years earlier) and I think her only film alongside her father, Michael Redgrave. (I'd clarify this but the new and not-so-improved IMDb has removed the old version's most useful feature, the ability to look up collaborations.) Playing the concerned daughter of Michael's chief of surgery--he's ailing from the stress and strain of dealing with a new and uncooperative administration, and is watchfully grooming her fiance for a top surgical slot--she's appealing even in the decayed color of the print viewed and completely unformed, a hatchling, with a twee and girlish voice. She wouldn't make another film for eight years; by Morgan! (1966), she was more herself. (Maggie Smith had a similar trajectory, dipping her toes into movies at the same time then leaving them behind for about as long, both going back to win Oscars.)

Behind the Mask was also the debut film of veteran character actress Margaret Tyzack. Redgrave pere is his usual self. There are subplots involving the death of a patient and a doctor hopped up on drugs, which grays his hair and leaves him wild-eyed. Brian Desmond Hurst, who helmed the definitive version of A Christmas Carol in 1951, directed, less memorably this time.

That should do it. Stand up and be counted, Behind the Mask.

UPDATE: Done! Vanessa Redgrave should seriously thank me for this.

FURTHER UPDATE: The director's great-great nephew wrote me on Facebook to thank me for my review. Since it was posted a user review has appeared, too. The Mask is uncloaked.

Monday, October 04, 2010

First!


The Online Film Critics Society has released its list of 100 Best First Films. If Citizen Kane hadn't topped it I would have resigned in protest.

My 25 picks, some of which failed to place (i.e. my beloved Honeymoon Killers):

CITIZEN KANE
BREATHLESS
NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD
ON THE TOWN
THE MALTESE FALCON
KNIFE IN THE WATER
THE HONEYMOON KILLERS
CABIN IN THE SKY
KILLER OF SHEEP
TOY STORY
SHE’S GOTTA HAVE IT
THEY LIVE BY NIGHT
WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?
AGE D’OR, L’
ATLANTE, L’
MY LEFT FOOT
SWEETIE
SEX, LIES, AND VIDEOTAPE
BLACK SUNDAY
ROGER & ME
THE PRODUCERS
REAL LIFE
PEE-WEE’S BIG ADVENTURE
ONE-EYED JACKS
NIGHT OF THE HUNTER

Sunday, October 03, 2010

Cineaste in Brooklyn

The magazine is collaborating with Brooklyn-based UnionDocs on a special series of documentary programs this fall. Kicking things off on Saturday, Oct. 16 at 7pm is a screening of Bastards of Utopia, followed by a filmmaker Q&A. Hang out with Cineaste in Williamsburg.

Friday, October 01, 2010

Popdose: Let Me In


When Chloe Grace Moretz asks, you better listen, in this fine remake of the Swedish thriller Let the Right One In. Plus: Arthur-to-be Russell Brand doesn't want to be caught in Get Him to the Greek, now on DVD.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

RIP Tony Curtis


I can only hope that the passing of a genuine star will halt the distressing series of deaths this week. That stardom, and all the notoriety that entailed, tended to eclipse the career, but if we lop off the peripheral final decades (save for scene-stealing parts in 1976's The Last Tycoon, besting an array of old and new Hollywood talent, and Nicolas Roeg's Insignificance in 1985) we find a strong and varied core of work: comedies (Some Like It Hot), hard-hitting dramas (The Defiant Ones, his Oscar nominee), fun popcorn pictures (The Vikings, which my movie group adored when I showed it a few years back), epics (Spartacus), true crime films (The Boston Strangler)...and those are just one of each. A word, too, for his standout performance in the Ira Hayes biopic The Outsider (1960). And no one forgets the relentless Sidney Falco, in Sweet Smell of Success. "Match me, Sidney"...at his best Curtis was matchless.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

RIP Arthur Penn


Penn directed four of my favorite films: The Miracle Worker (1962), adapting his Tony-winning direction of the play so sensitively it may be the best stage-to-screen translation ever, the groundbreaking Bonnie and Clyde (1967), the great American story of Little Big Man (1970), and a touchstone film of its decade, Night Moves (1975). Two others, The Chase (1966) and Alice's Restaurant (1969), are as compelling as they are confounding. Cases have been made for other films I find far more problematic, like Mickey One (1965) and The Missouri Breaks (1976). He should have received an honorary Oscar. Oh, and I laughed all the way through the Broadway show Fortune's Fool (2002), an unlikely adaptation of Turgenev adaptation, with its crackerjack, Tony- and Drama Desk-winning performances by Alan Bates and Frank Langella. A keen loss for stage, screen, and television.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Home Movie Day

Show 'em if you got 'em; all we had growing up were some "Polarvision" things that never worked. Flip Video, though, is great and an absolute must for parents.

HOME MOVIE DAY 2010

Light Industry
177 Livingston Street, Brooklyn

Saturday, October 16
1pm - 7pm
FREE

A celebration of amateur filmmaking held annually at venues worldwide, Home
Movie Day is an opportunity for individuals and families to dig out their
home movies and share them with an audience. It's also a chance to have your
prints and tapes inspected by archivists and learn about their long-term
care and preservation. Stop by for half an hour or hang out the whole day!

Bring these formats and we'll do the rest:
FILM: 8mm, Super 8mm, and 16mm
VIDEO: Hi-8mm and VHS

"There's no such thing as a bad home movie. These mini-underground opuses
are revealing, scary, joyous, always flawed, filled with accidental art and
shout out from attics and closets all over the world to be seen again. Home
Movie Day is an orgy of self-discovery, a chance for family memories to
suddenly become show business. If you've got one, whip it out and show it
now." - John Waters

Presented by:
Center for Home Movies, Light Industry, and the NYU Libraries Preservation
Department

More information:
www.homemovieday.com
forsberg@nyu.edu

Popdose: Liza from A to Z


So the editor said that Liza Minnelli has a new CD out, and maybe it would be fun to take a look back at her film/TV career. And so it is written. And it was fun. Cabaret (pictured): Damn good movie, damn great performance. Rent-A-Cop? Not so much.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Bill Plympton writes...

"In just ten short days my new animated feature film Idiots and Angels opens for its U.S. premiere at the famous IFC Film Center on October 6, 2010.

Since it's a small budget film, financed out of my pocket, I need a big crowd at the cinema on 6th ave and 3rd st... I need a mob! I need a riot! I need a circus! I need a big brass band! I need chaos as everyone tries to see my new animated feature.

But don't just go see it because I put my heart and soul into it, or because its  up against Hollywood big budget animated feature, or because you want to support indie films, or even because I'll end up in debtors prison if it flops. NO! Go to see it because it is the most amazing, twisted film on the New York screens to date! That is reason enough to go see Idiots and Angels.

I see you there and we'll hang out after the film for pizza and beer."

RIP Gloria Stuart


I saluted her 100th birthday on July 4. The inevitable followup posting has come quicker than I would have liked, but the star of The Old Dark House and The Invisible Man in the 30s and Titanic in 1997 lived what was by all accounts (including her own 1999 memoir) a full and contented life, and I salute her once more on her passing. Fun fact: She was so spry at age 86 it took an hour-and-a-half per day to transform her into her 101-year-old Titanic self (pictured).

Friday, September 24, 2010

Popdose: On Disney fantasies


Return to ancient lands via the old school Black Cauldron and the newfangled Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, with an abbed-up Jake Gyllenhaal.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Popdose: Never Let Me Go and Catfish


Tiptoeing around the plot twists of two new movies; circling The Square on DVD; and appraising the poster art of Drew Struzan in a new book. Never Let Me Go is pictured.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

"Can Celluloid Break Bricks?"

FILM & THE ANARCHIST IMAGINATION & THE ANGRY BRIGADE

September 24, 7:00 pm
Unnameable Books
600 Vanderbilt Ave., Brooklyn
(Q/B to 7th ave., or 2/3 to Grand Army Plaza)
FREE

This is the second installment in a series of book parties, book parties which celebrate books that are not new, but still deserve to celebrated: books about film, together with screenings of related movies, thoughtful discussion and cheap wine.

On Friday evening the 24th, at 7pm, we present Film and the Anarchist Imagination by Cineaste editor Richard Porton (Verso Books, 1999), and The Angry Brigade by Gordon Carr (dvd, 1973, 60min).

Film and the Anarchist Imagination explores anarchism’s portrayal in film over the past 100 years, and the anarchist ideas and tendencies that have made their way into every genre and size of production. Alongside film history, Porton introduces the anarchist traditions and movements that provided a backdrop for radical and reactionary cinemas.

This event serves as a live, updated edition of the book. The author will discuss with us the films and videos that didn’t make their way into the first edition, and the changes in radical filmmaking and anarchist thinking and action since the book’s release. We’ll also tackle why a real new edition of the book is perhaps unlikely to materialize, in the current market world of left-wing publishing.

Following the discussion will be a screening of The Angry Brigade, a documentary about “Britain’s first urban military group.” This film is not mentioned in the book (so we’re inserting it tonight, in pictures), but we will discuss the film, and the issues it brings up, with Porton after the screening.

A free zine with a collection of relevant writings will be available to all attendees.

Join us for cinema, books, wine, critique, theory and rambling, outdoors while we still can, in Unnameable Books’ backyard, in the heart of Prospect Heights, Brooklyn.

Contact Rachael Rakes: 646-226-1754 or rachaelrakes@gmail.com.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

RIP Kevin McCarthy


One of those days, sadly...the actor would have had a perfectly respectable career, including an Oscar nomination (for the 1951 film of Death of a Salesman; he appeared onstage in its original London production), Broadway credits from the 30s to the 80s, lots of TV, and movies that included The Misfits, The Best Man, and A Big Hand for the Little Lady. But starring in Don Siegel's 1956 classic Invasion of the Body Snatchers gave him iconic status--he's ideally cast as a workaday exemplar of the human race--and filmmakers who grew up on it gave him a continual lease on creative life, notably Joe Dante, who featured him in Piranha, The Howling, Twilight Zone: The Movie, where he was funny and disturbing in equal measure, and Innerspace, among others. (He was also in the 1978 Body Snatchers remake, and his presence in the two since might have helped.) McCarthy, who died at age 96, worked right up until the end.

RIP Claude Chabrol


Marketed as "the French Hitchcock," his films must have disappointed anyone looking for action, thrills, setpieces. But the best were supremely intelligent, a mixture of classical elegance and surprising bluntness, dead-centered on the hypocrises of the bourgeois. My film group watched Le Boucher (1969) in 2006, and were held by it (so was Hitchcock, who wished he had made it, but perhaps not in the same way). I've written about Chabrol before; adhering to a Woody Allen-like film-a-year schedule for decades, often working with family members, he always gave you something to write about, unlike his contemporaries in the French New Wave, as they branched into non-commercial filmmaking or fell away.

But for all I've seen I don't feel I've seen enough, and I can't quite come to grips with it. You can do a "Chabrol/Isabelle Huppert" retrospective, which is a fantastic idea, spotlighting his excellent collaborations with the actress...but you can also do a double feature of his two late 80s duds with the unlikely Andrew McCarthy, not that anyone would show up to see how Chabrol and the international market never quite came to terms. Better too much than too little, however, and there is a place in my dark heart for La Ceremonie, Violette, This Man Must Die, Les Biches, and The Cousins. A final film, and his first with Gerard Depardieu, Bellamy, awaits.

Sunday, September 05, 2010

Popdose: Bummer summer ends


As The American, George Clooney ends a bomb-filled season with a bang. With appearances by Salt, Scott Pilgrim, Mesrine and, on DVD, The Girl by the Lake.

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Popdose: Corman and Gamera


"Roger Corman's Cult Classics," including Death Race 2000 and Galaxy of Terror, are roaring and rampaging on DVD and Blu-ray. Watch out for Gamera: The Giant Monster, too.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Member, Online Film Critics Society

As I tweeted not long ago I'm a newly minted member of the Online Film Critics Society. I'm honored, humbled, flattered. Does my badge guarantee free popcorn and soda? No? Well, that's OK. Happy to be part of things.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Castle creep


Was 1999 really the last time Film Forum showed the gimmicky shockers of William Castle? I'm not sure how I made it through the aughts without a tinge of Percepto or a blast of Emergo. In any case he's back, starting tomorrow, in a retrospective that takes in other facets of his career besides. While I don't subscribe to the producer-as-auteurist claims made for him by others there's no denying that the films are a lot of fun, and seeing them with their gimmicks intact makes them all the more entertaining. Take my advice at the end of my review of a box set of Castle flicks that came out last year. And, boy, does Joan Crawford mean business with that axe in Strait-Jacket, a cutting-edge start to the retrospective paired with the delightful Homicidal.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

The Fall issue of Cineaste


On sale and also online, where you'll find reports on four film festivals, interviews with Patrice Leconte, Simone Bitton, and Zelimir Zelnik, and reviews of The Tillman Story and There's Always Tomorrow. Among much else. Pictured is Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, winner of the Palme d'Or at Cannes this year.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Popdose: The Tillman Story


War and remembrance as the new documentary about the football player and friendly fire casualty goes into release. Plus, on DVD, the unsung Triage, with Colin Farrell and Christopher Lee.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Henry hews to Andrew


Henry Hewes Design Awards, that is. The Broadway-bound Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, that is, for Donyale Werle's Public-filling, Southern-fried scenic design, an excellent choice (pictured). Plus Martin Pakledinaz for Lend Me a Tenor's costumes, Kevin Adams for American Idiot's lighting, and The Orphans' Home Cycle's production team for notable effects.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Bali bye


The magnificent revival of South Pacific that so moved me back in April 2008 is closing this Sunday at the Vivian Beaumont, but Live From Lincoln Center is giving us a last (or a first) look 8pm EST tonight on PBS. Matthew Morrison, who played Cable, has decamped to Glee and TV stardom but its incomparable leads, Kelli O'Hara and Paulo Szot (pictured), have returned to see it through to the end. I'm not sure how it'll play on the small screen but Light in the Piazza, also with O'Hara, turned out well, and I'm chancing my highest recommendation on this. Watch it, DVR it, tape it--just don't miss it.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Secrets of the Trade


For Theater News Online: The great John Glover gives Noah Robbins life lessons in Jonathan Tolins' new play, at Primary Stages. Love the "Cafe des Artistes" backdrop.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Kick ass movies


In "honor," I guess, of the saggy ass Expendables, a ten-film strong list of KA movies, as selected by the men (and women) of Popdose. I wrote up Aliens.

There are two kick ass movie events in New York this week. The press yawned over the "Classic 3D" fest that Film Forum held in 2004 but what a difference an Avatar makes--lots of thumbsucking this week over the already exhausted 3D revolution and what it all means as a similar program gets underway today. What it all means in the now is that you get some nice two-for-one deals (no surcharges!) on some entertaining B-movies, with a few As like the fun Kiss Me, Kate and the dull-in-any-dimension Miss Sadie Thompson thrown at you, along with some (terrific) Three Stooges shorts and a few oddities, like a selection of Harold Lloyd's stereoscopic nudes. Comin' at ya indeed.

Meanwhile, New York filmmaker William Lustig has picked some more down-and-dirty flicks for showcasing at Anthology Film Archives, including a personal favorite, 1967's mean merc movie Dark of the Sun. Quentin Tarantino cast its star, Rod Taylor, in a small role in Inglourious Basterds, and filched the main theme from its score (pictured), too. Rest assured that it kicks major ass.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Cineaste: A slice of Splice


New Webtakes are up on the site, including my own on the recent sci-fi shocker.

Sunday, August 08, 2010

RIP Patricia Neal


For my masters in journalism, which seemed so useful back in 1988, we had to come up with a saleable magazine concept. We found one, alas an unglamorous concept, caregiving. The good news was that our cover subject was the great actress and fellow Northwestern alum Patricia Neal, who with her then-husband Roald Dahl by her side battled back from debilitating strokes in the mid-60s, regaining her life and career. I didn't interview her, but the word was that she was as kind and generous as she was always said to be.

Also, in her professional life, a good judge of scripts--so flinty yet so touching in her Oscar winner, 1963's Hud. Caught up in the craziness of The Fountainhead (1949) with her lover, Gary Cooper, as Hollywood beckoned following a Tony award for Lillian Hellman's Another Part of the Forest. Anchoring The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) with her good common sense. Managing Andy Griffith to shallow stardom in A Face in the Crowd (1957). Stylish and controlling in Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961). Wistful and unfulfilled in The Subject Was Roses, for which she received a second Oscar nomination as she returned to the screen in 1968.

Others: The fine, Burma-set play adaptation The Hasty Heart (1949), with the late Richard Todd and Ronald Reagan, Otto Preminger's In Harm's Way (1965), a good match for John Wayne; the Dahl-written The Night Digger (1971), no doubt feeling youthful opposite Fred Astaire and John Houseman in 1981's Ghost Story, Cookie in Robert Altman's Cookie's Fortune (1999). Glenda Jackson played her in the good 1981 TV movie The Patricia Neal Story, opposite Dirk Bogarde as Dahl, filmed not long before their 30-year marriage dissolved.

I always loved her (that voice!). In that I was hardly alone. A talent and an inspiration.

Popdose: Inception, Conception


Dreaming of Leo, plus a family ideal in The Kids Are All Right and all the wrong ways to to make it in Manhattan in The Extra Man, as I put a spin on it again.

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Mad Men-ned


I couldn't quite get this to work out on my own, so I had my secretary do it. All very accurate, as I drink and smoke and avoid blogging. In my heart of hearts I'm a studly Don or a dapper Roger, but sad to say I'm at best a Duck.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Live Design: The Grand Manner


Two days left to see A.R. Gurney's comic rumination on an encounter with Katharine Cornell, with Kate Burton, Boyd Gaines, and Bobby Steggert, as I resume my usual semi-usual posting, mostly about posts. Just the way it is these days.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Popdose: Cyrus vs. Predators


Alien muscle against Adrien Brody and John C. Reilly in a death match with Jonah Hill--who will survive and what will be left of them?

Friday, July 16, 2010

Popdose: Columbia Noir, Hammer Suspense


A hot summer just added a few degrees as as the moody masterpieces Human Desire (Fritz Lang) and Nightfall (Jacques Tourneur) arrive in one box set and Joseph Losey's astonishing These Are the Damned in another.