by Sam Juliano
Jamie Uhler’s ‘Rilke designs’ will now be published as part of an upcoming project. As per Jamie’s recent report on an e mail:
“At least three of my ‘Letters’ from the Rilke designs will be published in an anthology book highlighting unique visual designs for classic works of literature. The publisher is Seven Stories press. http://home.sevenstories.com/ Will provide more details as they emerge.”
Everyone at Wonders in the Dark is thrilled for Jamie, and we look forward to the completed work. This is one of the site’s proudest moments, but more than that it finally gives recognition to Jamie’s artistry.
Things in Tokyo remain tenuous at best, but that man ‘Murderous Ink’ remains a role model of inspiration and tenacity as he has returned to blogging, while enduring all the consternation that seems to underline the daily reports out of his great city. Our thoughts and prayers remain firnly affixed in the far East.
My own week included an appearance at Lincoln Center (with Broadway Bob and music teacher Frederick Fochesato) on Thursday night to take in a marvelous updated version of Gaetano Donizetti’s bel canto opera masterpiece L’Elixir d’Amour by the City Opera, which I am planning to review soon at the site. I loved that 50’s diner set and the soaring voice work by the leads, and thought “Una Furtiva Lagrima” came off magnificently.
On Saturday night, Lucille, Broadway Bob and Sammy and Danny joined me in attending a staging at the Ironbound Theatre in Brooklyn of Treasure Island, based on the beloved novel by Robert Louis Stevenson. Again I am hoping to pen a full review on this memorable experience by this remarkable local company who made great use of props and some actors with Broadway experience.
I also watched Tom McCarthy’s Win Win a second time at the Lincoln Center Cinemas in Manhattan, so I could attend the director’s Q & A with actress Amy Ryan, and give my daughter Melanie a chance to see the film. (as she was the only one who didn’t see it last week).
Otherwise I saw just two new releases in theatres:
My Perestroika *** 1/2 (Saturday afternoon) IFC Film Center
Potiche *** (Sunday afternoon) Angelika Film Center
Francois Ozon’s latest film adds up to less than previous efforts, even with Deneuvre in very fine form. Perhaps this slight material is better suited to the stage, but it’s a far cry from the emotionally-suffused TIME TO LEAVE, CRIMINAL LOVERS and SWIMMING POOL. I think highly of Ozon, but this one is perhaps his least memorable. Sometimes, though, the comic resonance connects. The solid documentary MY PERESTROIKA examines five Russians in their 30’s through the breakup of the Soviet Union with a look at sociological, economic and political factors that play a vital role at this time of defining change. It’s refreshing that we are spared the ‘talking head’ devive, which yields here to the real experience.
My most recent review is on the new Jane Eyre, and it will post early Monday morning.
There is some truly magnificent work out there:
At Twenty Four Frames John Greco has a fascinating interview with Douglass K. Daniel, the author of a new book on American director and writer Richard Brooks. It’s a banner moment for this great blogsite: http://twentyfourframes.wordpress.com/2011/03/25/interview-with-author-douglass-k-daniel/
Stephen Russell-Gebbett’s ‘favorite top ten films of all-time’ post is leading up magnificently at his Checking on my Sausages abode: http://checkingonmysausages.blogspot.com/2011/03/ten-greatest-films-ive-seen.html
The hottest blogger out there right now is the exceedingly-gifted Ed Howard, who has been on a prolific run over the past month of providing Only the Cinema readers with a non-stop flow of brilliant marathon essays on all kinds of films, the latest of which is a probing and scrutinyzing piece on Jean Rouch’s Les Maitres fous: http://seul-le-cinema.blogspot.com/2011/03/les-maitres-fous.html
At Movie Classics, Judy Geater is leading up with a terrific review of the 1932 Hollywoodclassic A Farewell to Arms with Gary Cooper and Helen Hayes: http://movieclassics.wordpress.com/2011/03/13/a-farewell-to-arms-frank-borzage-1932/
The inspiring and resilient ‘Murderous Ink’ is enduring all the fears and inconviniences in Tokyo at the present time, enough to return to blogging about the cinema. His new piece at Vermillion and One Nights on 1957’s Downtown is a must-read for all serious cineastes: http://vermillionandonenights.blogspot.com/2011/03/downtown.html
Samuel Wilson has penned a buffo piece at Mondo 70 on Marco Ferreri’s mock-epic Don’t Touch the White Woman: http://mondo70.blogspot.com/2011/03/dont-touch-white-woman-touche-pas-la.html
Jaime Grijalba lovingly remembers Elizabeth Taylor (1932-2011) at Exodus 8:2: http://exodus8-2.blogspot.com/2011/03/elizabeth-taylor-1932-2011.html
At the Creativepotager’s blogsite artist extraordinaire Terrill Welch has another eye-filling presentation for art and nature lovers titled “When the Sun Comes Out:” http://creativepotager.wordpress.com/2011/03/25/when-the-sun-comes-out/
Laurie Buchanan’s “Putting on a Face” post at Speaking From the Heart is a telling commentary on those who purposely appear differently to different people: http://holessence.wordpress.com/2011/03/24/putting-on-a-face/
At The Seventh Art Srikanth Srinivasan has penned a superlative capsule review of Jerzy Skolimowski’s Essential Killing: http://theseventhart.info/2011/03/26/ellipsis-36/
And by a wonderful coincidence, Longman Oz in Dublin has penned an excellent piece himself on the same Skolimowski film: http://smiledyawnednodded.com/2011/03/25/essentialkilling/
At Marilyn Ferdinand’s Ferdy-on-Films, Australian wonderkind Roderick Heath has penned what could well be his magnum opus on Eisenstein’s Ivan the Terrible Parts I & II. It’s a Hall of Fame essay if there ever was one, and it considers on of world cinema’s most fascinating projects: http://www.ferdyonfilms.com/?p=9233
Tony d’Ambra gives the details for the recently-announced Criterion DVD of the noir classic Kiss Me Deadly (Aldrich) at FilmsNoir.net: http://filmsnoir.net/film_noir/criterion-to-release-remastered-film-noir-classics-kiss-me-deadly-and-le-cercle-rouge.html
At Darkness Into Light Dee Dee is on a celebratory holding pattern with some posts chronicling the past events, prizes, contests and noir happenings over the past weeks. No one has worked harder for so many just causes, and no one’s passion has been more palpable: http://noirishcity.blogspot.com/
David Schleicher is all laughs at The Schleicher Spin with his buffo examination of the best comedy films with his more than able assistant: http://theschleicherspin.com/2011/03/19/47-comedies-one-million-laughs/
At Cinemascope, Shubhajit is leading with a terrific capsule on the trendsending horror film A Nightmare on Elm Street: http://cliched-monologues.blogspot.com/2011/03/nightmare-on-elm-street-1984.html
Filmmaker Jeffrey Goodman has posted a great piece on The Last Lullaby at his namesake site, along with a sobering list from Ted Hope of 35 pointers: http://cahierspositif.blogspot.com/2011/03/great-piece-on-lullaby-and-another.html
At the home of the venerated Coffee Messiah Michael Harford leads up with a most telling post on “Coffee and Art”: http://coffeemessiah.blogspot.com/2011/03/gettin-to-be-that-time-of-year-again.html
R.D. Finch has a terrific and comprehensive review up on Hening Carlsen’s 1966 Hunger, at The Movie Projector. The performabce in the film by Per Oscarsson is one of the greatest in the history of cinema: http://themovieprojector.blogspot.com/2011/03/hunger-1966.html
Kaleem Hasan’s Satyamshot remains the place to be for Indian culture, film, sports and politics: http://satyamshot.wordpress.com/
Craig Kennedy has a very fine review up on Francois Ozon’s Potiche at Living in Cinema: http://livingincinema.com/2011/03/24/review-potiche-2011-12/
J.D. has authored an impressive essay on Eerie, Indiana, a kind of Twin Peaks for kids at Radiator Heaven: http://rheaven.blogspot.com/2011/03/eerie-indiana.html
Jeff Stroud speaks of that perplexing feeling of “Empty Fullness” while assessing his fantastic creative week at The Reluctant Bloger: http://jeffstroud.wordpress.com/2011/03/25/empty-fullness/
Troy Olson is headlining at Elusive as Robert Denby with a fabulous review of the Korean I Saw the Devil: http://troyolson.blogspot.com/2011/02/i-saw-devil.html
Jon Lanthier has a new round-up of recent viewings, all-written with his incomparable insights and style at The Aspiring Sellout: http://aspiringsellout.com/2011/03/viewing-log-2/
Kevin Olson’s exceptional review of the noir Force of Evil is still heading up at Hugo Stiglitz Makes Movies: http://kolson-kevinsblog.blogspot.com/2011/02/for-love-of-film-noir-blogathon-force.html
Pat Perry is heading up at the reinstated Doodad Kind of Town with some Oscar pieces: http://doodadkindoftown.blogspot.com/2011/02/oscar-winners-2011-and-great.html
T.S. at Screen Savour has some marvelous capsule reviews up for “Media Month” on some of cinema’s greatest features: http://www.screensavour.net/2011/03/media-month-february-2011.html
Matthew Lucas has penned a superlative essay on the Turkish Bal (Honey) at From the Front Row: http://fromthefrontrow.blogspot.com/2011/03/review-bal-honey.html
At The Cooler Jason Bellamy has an engaging (and challenging) post for movie lovers titled The Eyes of March: http://coolercinema.blogspot.com/2011/03/eyes-of-march-2011.html
At Cinema Styles Greg Ferrara has posted a loving remembrance of Elizabeth Taylor: http://cinemastyles.blogspot.com/2011/03/elizabeth-taylor-rest-in-peace.html
Jake Cole has a terrific review up at Not Just Movies on Sucker Punch: http://armchairc.blogspot.com/2011/03/sucker.html
And at Little Worlds Hokahey also has a great essay up on Sucker Punch: http://hokahey-littleworlds.blogspot.com/2011/03/zack-snyders-sucker-punch.html
At This Island Rod, Australian Roderick Heath imparts his customary brilliance on 1982′s Beastmaster: http://thisislandrod.blogspot.com/2011/03/beastmaster-1982.html
At Velvety Blackness, Jean has written a brilliant essay on Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: http://velvetyblackness.blogspot.com/2011/03/scott-pilgrim-vs-world.html
At Visions of Non-Fiction, Dave Van Poppel has penned an intriguing essay on Clio Bernard’s The Arbor, that should be seen by all cineastes: http://visionsofnonfiction.blogspot.com/2011/03/arbor.html
Jeopardy Girl talks a bit about Chomet’s The Illusionist and some other things at her “FAQ” pst at The Continuing Story of Jeopardy Girl: http://jeopardygirl.wordpress.com/2011/03/13/some-faq/
And the esteemed Film Doctor has also taken on the multiplex feature with singular insights at his place: http://filmdr.blogspot.com/2011/03/baby-doll-and-steampunk-zombie-nazis-9.html
At Scribblings and Ramblings, Sachin presents the ‘Genie Awards 2011: The Best of Canadian Film’: http://likhna.blogspot.com/2011/03/genie-awards-2011-best-of-canadian-film.html
Daniel Getahun of Getafilm enthusiastically speaks of the upcoming ‘Muriel Awards’ at his place: http://getafilm.blogspot.com/2011/02/coming-soonmuriel-50.html
Drew McIntosh is heading up with five caps from an underrated Divivier gem from 1943 at The Blew Vial: http://thebluevial.blogspot.com/2011/03/flesh-and-fantasy-julien-duvivier-1943.html
Anu, at The Confidential Report has posted a spectacular Top 10 list that again shows why and how he’s an ultimate cineaste: -2010/http://theconfidentialreport.wordpress.com/2011/01/12/top-ten-of\