Archive for January 18th, 2010

James Cameron, Winner of Golden Globe for Best Director for “Avatar” which won for Best Drama

 by Sam Juliano

      I had a very difficult week, and now to cap it off I’ll been in bed all day with a fever.  I came downstairs to the PC to post this weekly thread, but I won’t be able to post any links, as I frankly need to get back into bed as I have a massive headache and am shivering.  My deepest apologies for this.

     I didn’t see any films at all this week, though I tried to see Andrea Arnold’s FISH TANK on Saturday night at the IFC, but after Lucille, Bob and I bought tickets, I came down with severe nautiousness, and I was unable to leave the men’s room.  Lucille and Bob then drove the car over to the front of the theatre, picked me up and we headed home.  I did see the Metropolitan Opera HD simulcast of the new production of Bizet’s Carmen on Saturday afternoon at the Edgewater multiplex, which I hope to eventually post a review on.  Suffice to say it was quite a production.  Back on Monday night, I saw the theatrical production based on Cassevetes’ HUSBANDS, (at the Public Theatre downtown) and it was a train wreck of a play, a complete mess, which violated the great director’s work through excess.

    The Golden Globes were held tonight, and suprisingly, James Cameron won Best Director and his film Avatar won Best Motion Picture Drama.  The evening’s best speech was delivered by Monique who won Best Supporting Actress for Precious.  Martin Scorsese’s special prize was also a highlight.

     Congratulations to Dan Getahun for the success of his beloved Minnesota Vikings, who advanced to the NFC finals, as well as to the Jets fans, after their shocking win in San Diego against the Chargers.

     So what did you do this week?

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by Allan Fish

(UK 1926 78m) DVD1/2

To-night Golden Curls

p  Michael Balcon, C.Wilfrid Arnold, Carlyle Blackwell  d  Alfred Hitchcock  w  Eliot Stannard, Alfred Hitchcock  novel  Mrs Belloc Lowndes  ph  Baron Ventimiglia  ed  Ivor Montagu  m  Paul Zaza  art  C.Wilfred Arnold, Bertram Evans  tit  E.McKnight Kaufer

Ivor Novello (Jonathan Drew, the lodger), June (Daisy Bunting), Arthur Chesney (Joe Betts, detective), Malcolm Keen (Mr Bunting), Marie Ault (Mrs Bunting),

In 2006, the BBC and BFI co-produced a programme entitled Silent Britain, in which cineaste Matthew Sweet tried to convince us that, contrary to general opinion, British silent film was not the poor cousin of either Hollywood’s glamour or artistic Europe, but a national cinema in its own right.  Certainly there are certain British silent films of merit – Dupont’s Piccadilly and Asquith’s Underground and A Cottage on Dartmoor to name but three – but it’s generally fair to say that British silent films revolve around the reputation of one man; Alfred Hitchcock.  In fact he made two great silent films which can be considered masterworks, though one of them was never seen for over fifty years.  That film was the silent version of Blackmail, shelved after they reshot scenes as a talkie, but surfacing later as better than the original.  The first, and probably most important and best known, was The Lodger.  Hitchcock himself said it was rather like his first film, and it’s certainly his first major work. (more…)

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