Scene from Sundance hit Unmade Beds at IFC
by Sam Juliano
Welcome to the first post-Labor Day installment of what will be referred to this week as the Tuesday Morning Diary here at WitD. As expected, there was a drop off in the days leading up to the official death knell of the summer season, but for movie fans the excitement of the the year’s (traditionally) most prestigious releases beginning their roll-out makes this ‘the best of times.’ Meanwhile, in Kendal, fifty miles south of the Scottish border, life has been nightmarish for Allan Fish over the past days with both internet and phone service down. I am deeply saddened at this lamentable development, as it has shut down our communication, and has left Allan with no viable options. I am hopeful that Wednesday’s promised return of ammenities will be realized. In any event, Allan’s spectacularly-popular countdown has gone uninterupted, as we moved further up the list of 80’s choices. With 46 comments, Allan’s review of Au Revoir Les Enfants was the week’s hottest post after last week’s Monday Morning Diary, which gained 79. Both the report of the final night of the Brit Noir Festival at the Film Forum and a CD review of the opera The Tempest by British composer Thomas Aides as well as a post report on Bob Clark’s The Aspect Ratio review of Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds all did extremely well. “Movie Man” Joel Bocko’s latest excellent piece, slightly obscured because of the holiday, is up and ready to be checked out. It’s Nights and Weekends, a ‘mumblecore’ title just released on DVD.
Around the blogosphere a number of WitD friends are showcasing some great things:
At Noirish City, (“Darkness to Light) Dee Dee continues to post reviews from Andrew Katsis:
At Only the Cinema, Ed Howard gives a superlative treatment to D.A. Pennebaker’s Don’t Look Back, a review that has generated a fantastic response in the OTC comment section:
At Dave Hicks’s Goodfellas Movie Blog, the stellar annual countdown series continues with Woody Allen’s Annie Hall claiming the honors for 1977:
John Greco’s latest review at Twenty-Four Frames is Richard Wallace’s Framed (1947), a review that has attracted outstanding blogger response:
David Schleicher’s latest movie post is “The Summer of War” where he looks at some of the year’s best films in an utterly engaging piece: (He has since added a writer’s feature on “Editing”)
At Hugo Stiglitz Makes Movies, the movie community’s favorite newlywed, Kevin J. Olson, as a DVD review up on The Ten: (he previously published a very popular piece on ‘favorite film endings’)
Over at The Powerstrip the always effervescent Jon Lanthier of Slant has been away relaxing, but his third RT appearance on ‘You Tube’ is one of those ‘can’t miss’ clips. ‘Jon’ is on his way to the ‘big time’ Actually he’s there already:
‘Internet Sweetheart’ Daniel Getahun (and he’s a talented guy too!) has what appears to be a can’t miss piece up, “Tony Manero Dances at the Walker This Weekend”:
The esteemed ‘Film Dr.’ a university film professor, just posted a new essay titled: “Teenaged Brit: Kevin Williamson’s I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997).
Over at Mondo 70 Samuel Wilson says he makes no claim to solving Resnais’s Last Year at Marienbad, but he pens an excellent essay on the film:
The wonderful Pat at Doodad Kind of Town has a terrific post up on the best dancers, and she memed WitD:
The always-fecund R. D. Finch has what appears to be a splendid essay up at The Movie Projector on “1962: Hollywood’s Second Greatest Year:1962, Part 1?’
Our delightful British friend Judy at Movie Classics has a very fine review Tribute to a Bad Man (1956) up at her newly-decorated place:
Craig Kennedy has an intriguing list up at Living in Cinema on the Best Movies of the Summer to start up his weekly ‘The Watercooler,’ the post that inspired the ‘Monday Morning Diary.':
The ongoing Keaton series commences at Screen Savour with T.S. at the helm and the tireless Ibetolis, who deserves a Nobel Prize for his massive Zeroes Project at ‘Films for the Soul.’
Our own Tony d’Ambra and Joel Bocko are busy at their own sites too! Tony has a magnificent piece up at FilmsNoir.net title “New Horizon, Part I”:
The always engagaing Marilyn Ferdinand has Sea of Love up at Ferdy on Films:
The outstanding writer Andrew Wyatt has a thought-provoking piece up titled “Further Thoughts on Inglourious Basterds up at Gateway Cinephiles:
Bob Clark’s Inglouious Basterds is already linked in a separate post, and is still highlighting at The Aspect Ratio, and other quality bloggers have fine work up: Matthew Lucas, Ryan Kelly, Tony Dayoub and others (From the Front Row, Medfly Quarrantine, Cinema Viewfinder, all easily accesible on our sidebar).
I made my final two appearances at the Brit Noir Festival, the first was a single feature, while the second night was a double:
Peeping Tom **** (Wednesday night; Film Forum)
No Orchids For Miss Blandish ** (Thursday night; Film Forum)
Noose ** (Thursday night; Film Forum)
I plan to have a full re port on the festival up next week after the WitD first year anniversary post.
I also managed two contemporary films, both works of minimalism:
Liverpool ** (Saturday Night; Anthology Film Archives)
Unmade Beds **** (Sunday night; IFC Film Center)
The first film, in Spanish, was excrutiatingly dull, and slight, while the Sundance hit Unmade Beds, was an endearing piece that recalled the French New Wave.
This is a forum for film, music, theatre, literature, food, politics, religion, philosophy and history. What are your reports?