If I'm reading the internet correctly, today marks the 40th Anniversary of the release of The Star Wars Holiday Special.
We look back now at the Star Wars Holiday Special as the trainwreck that it, indeed, is. But I also think it's worth mentioning what a @#$%ing miracle Star Wars itself was when it was released, and that these same actors in the same wardrobe were totally capable of making something absolutely, insanely awful.
Saturday, November 17, 2018
Thursday, November 15, 2018
I @#$%ing love Mary Poppins (1964), man. Both the character and the movie. Like, unironically, unabashedly - there is not one thing I do not like in Mary Poppins. It is, as they say, practically perfect in every way. As is Julie Andrews.
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Format: Alamo Ritz hosted screening
This evening Karina Longworth, host of the much-discussed You Must Remember This podcast, came to Austin for a book signing and screening. Longworth has a new book available, Seduction: Sex, Lies and Stardom in Howard Hughes's Hollywood, which she's promoting. If she's coming to your town, stop on by and see her and pick up the book.
For the film selection, Longworth and the Alamo programmed Pickup on South Street (1953), which starred Jean Peters, one of the main figures in Longworth's book. The film also stars noir star Richard Widmark and high-quality character actor (and multiple award nominee but never the recipent) Thelma Ritter.
Monday, November 12, 2018
I am, like everyone, mourning the loss of Stan Lee who passed at age 95.
But. What a world we live in where everyone is mourning a comic book writer/ editor/ huckster! What an amazing guy we had with us for almost a full century!
Sunday, November 11, 2018
Format: Noir Alley on TCM on DVR
I admit - I started watching this movie a while back shortly after it aired on TCM and then got busy and forgot to finish watching it, until now. And I'm very glad I did.
PODCAST: Dead White Girls in the Water - "Twin Peaks: Pilot" (1990) and "The River's Edge" (1986) - High School Movies with Laura and Ryan
Twin Peaks: Pilot
Format: Amazon Prime Streaming
Viewing: Unknown. 5th or so.
Format: Amazon Streaming
Viewing: 5th or so
Laura and Ryan's exploration of High School Movies takes a turn for the grim when they pick the topic of "Dead White Girls in the Water". Join us as we talk the pilot to Twin Peaks (1990) and seminal 80's flick River's Edge (1986). It's a look at two pieces of media where the death of a young woman means very different things, but maybe under the plastic, how and why they work means they have more in common than we think at first glance.
Here Come the Warm Jets - Brian Eno
River's Edge Theme - Jürgen Knieper - River's Edge Original Soundtrack
Laura Palmer's Theme - Angela Badalamenti - Twin Peaks Original Soundtrack
On Some Faraway Beach - Brian Eno
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Friday, November 9, 2018
Wednesday, November 7, 2018
Format: Noir Alley on TCM on DVR
My recollection of the first time I watched The Sniper (1952) was that it was a much, much better picture than I was assuming I was about to watch, and that helped me overcome the fact that while I'd watched the movie to see Marie Windsor, her screentime isn't as much as any of us would like in your average Marie Windsor picture.
Kudos to TCM host Eddie Muller for (a) not shying away from showing the movie, and (b) a nuanced discussion about film violence and how we think about it in regards to real-world violence that will, no doubt, go right past a lot of the hot-take approach to film discussion that crawls past all of us on social media as "film twitter" rushes to fill in their rubrics for "good/ bad".