Friday, September 5, 2008

Notable film links: September 5, 2008


--In Coleman's Corner in Cinema, Alexander Coleman writes impressive reviews of classic films such as Out of the Past (1947).

--For The Dancing Image, Movieman0283 discusses how Hollywood satirized itself in The Bad and the Beautiful.

--In Screen Savour, T. S. explores the "on-screen chemistry" of Cary Grant and and Katherine Hepburn in Bringing Up Baby (1938). I look forward to his month-long focus on Hitchcock coming up in October.

In MovieZeal, Anil Usumezbas traces the entire history of noir all the way back to Renaissance painting techniques in "Rain, Guns & Cigarettes--Noir's Past and Present."

--FF Film in Focus has an informative series concerning influential film bloggers called "Behind the Blog," which features the Cinetrix of Pullquote.

--Writing for The Cooler, Jason Bellamy analyzes the importance of set design and eroticism in Lust: Caution.

--I've been surprised by the lack of comment about Jan Harlan's intriguing documentary Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures, now available on DVD. In The Documentary Site, Heather McIntosh notes how the film explores how, as Jack Nicholson puts it, Kubrick is "still the man. And, I still feel that underrates him."

--For those of us who genuflect before their Pauline Kael shrine every day, Tom Sutpen of Illusion Travels by Streetcar has found a recording of Kael giving a rousing 54 minute talk in 1968 at UC Berkeley just after she was hired to The New Yorker.

2 comments:

T.S. said...

The Kael talk is going to be fantastic! It's going on my iPod for the my commute Monday.

Thanks for the shout-out, too.

FilmDr said...

My pleasure, T. S. It's fun to hear Kael talk about all of the things she didn't write about Bonnie and Clyde, and I like the way she calls attention to the corporate constraints of major print publications when it comes to their movie reviews. I wonder what she would have thought of the proliferation of film reviews in the blogosphere.