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Going Through the Motions

September 28th, 2010 (11:10 pm)

Review: Spring FeverCollapse )

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More About Satoshi Kon

August 25th, 2010 (10:21 pm)

More about Satoshi Kon:

What I've found out today...Collapse )

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August 24th, 2010 (08:03 pm)

Satoshi Kon died yesterday, apparently of cancer. This really, really hurts.

Thank you, sir, for answering my stupid question two years ago.

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The Illusionist: Trailer

August 13th, 2010 (10:14 pm)

Really looking forward to this...

Not sure of the date yet, but here you go:Collapse )

Jacques Tati and Sylvain Chomet: how can you go wrong? (I thought I'd mentioned this before, but looks not.)

This, plus Nowhere Boy and Norwegian Wood, could make for a pretty enjoyable fall.

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RIP - and then some...

May 30th, 2010 (05:11 pm)
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Lots of entertainers have been going to that final performance in the sky lately: Art Linkletter, Gary Coleman, Frank Frazzetta, Ronnie James Dio...

One of the more colorful ones was silent film organist Rosa Rio...Collapse )

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Hope I Die Before I Grow Old…

April 12th, 2010 (09:01 am)

I've been going through a lot of Criterion releases lately...

Review: Mishima: A Life in Four ChaptersCollapse )

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February 13th, 2010 (08:29 pm)

Last night was the world premiere of the new restoration of Franz Lang's Metropolis (1927), incorporating the elements from the print found in Buenos Aires in 2008. It was screened simultaneously at the Alte Oper in Frankfurt and at the Friedrichstadtpalast in Berlin as part of the Berlin Film Festival (Berlinale # 60, to boot); the Berlin performance also was simulcast on a screen at the Brandenburg Gate.

ARTE-TV also had a live feed from the gate (looks like on Unter der Linden), with German / French commentary and a number of short documentary clips about the restoration / scoring. Despite idling vehicles, people almost walking into the camera, the camera broadcasting a "low battery" message, and a man walking his dog suddenly frantically waving at the camera, it was still an interesting view. (A little too far from the screen to actually see the movie, though.)

Looking from the back of the crowd with the camera, there was more a sense of the audience than of the movie. Those at the edges of the crowd stayed long enough to say they were there, but the hardcore viewers grouped at the front lasted through the lack of chairs, the scattered snowflakes and hopping up and down to keep warm.

I actually could only watch bits and pieces (I was at work, after all), but - oh how I wish I could've been there... From what I was able to see (from a distance, in German), the story of the mysterious 11811, at least, is laid out in much more detail.

Some info about this version:

CANNOT wait for the US premiere to get here; it's apparently going to be through Turner Classic movies (although with the Alloy Orchestra) - I guess no NYFF (although I bet it shows up at Lincoln Center at some point). And, of course, DVD to follow.

And - Wikipedia has rumors (although not yet substantiated) of yet *another* possible copy being found in New Zealand. After decades of the butchered version (which was only increased to 75% with the 2001 restoration), we may yet get the complete print as Lang put it together!

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All Good Things Come to An End...

February 2nd, 2010 (10:05 pm)


Criterion is about to lose the licenses for a number of films at the end of March (evil Studio Canal), so now is the time to stock up on these ilms:

  • Alphaville
  • Carlos Saura’s Flamenco Trilogy (Eclipse Series 6)
  • Le corbeau
  • Coup de torchon
  • Diary of a Country Priest
  • The Fallen Idol
  • Forbidden Games (Criterion and Essential Art House editions)
  • Gervaise (Essential Art House edition)
  • Grand Illusion (Criterion and Essential Art House editions)
  • Le jour se lève (Essential Art House edition)
  • Last Holiday (Essential Art House edition)
  • Mayerling (Essential Art House edition)
  • The Orphic Trilogy
  • Peeping Tom
  • Pierrot le fou (DVD and Blu-ray editions)
  • Port of Shadows
  • Quai des Orfèvres
  • The Small Back Room
  • The Tales of Hoffmann (Criterion and Essential Art House editions)
  • Trafic
  • Le trou
  • Variety Lights (Essential Art House edition)
  • The White Sheik

More info at the Criterion site.

...And I'm still getting that copy of Vivre Sa Vie.

Who cares about the Oscars?

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January 19th, 2010 (10:24 pm)

Wandered around NYC a bit yesterday.

Across Houston Street from Film Forum, there's a little store, Alphaville, which sells vintage toys and collectibles. Or rather, soon it will be there was a little store; they're in the middle of closing.

It's been there for years. I'd been by the place before, but usually after they'd closed for the day. So it was a pretty lucky thing that I managed to wander by yesterday when they were open.

It's a funky store, full of funky things: original Mr. Potato Heads in the window (along with the carrot and green pepper things I'd forgotten about), a 1950s kitchen-table style kid's chair, odd games you really haven't seen in 40 years.

Looking through the boxes, I found this: Who Framed Roger Rabbit, the Official Comics Adaptation.

I didn't even *know* that there was a comic book treatment of Who Framed Roger Rabbit.

Forty-eight pages; executive producers: Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy(!). And under the Marvel Graphic Novel imprint. But beyond an "episode" of Conan the Barbarian in The Witch Queen of Acheron, I don't really see anything else in the series listing that looks like a movie adaptation.

One good thing: Alphaville the store may be closing, but Alphaville the website lives on. I'll have to check in periodically.

Hunh! I'll have to find a protective sleeve for this. *After* I read it, of course.

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Yes, I Live!

January 10th, 2010 (11:26 am)

...and am avoiding having another year like 2009 at all costs.

Some things are in the works, and I'll be posting about them separately.

Nice to be back!