30 December 2005
Coming attraction: Hidden (Cache)
Reading the notes on IMDB it reminds me of the start of 'Lost Highway'.
29 December 2005
A quick note on Jacques Tati
28 December 2005
Time Out: Critics' choice 2005
Last Days - Dave Calhoun
Saraband / A History of Violence - Geoff Andrew
Tropical Malady - Ben Walters
Million Dollar Baby - Wally Hammond
Crash - Derek Adams
No Direction Home: Bob Dylan - Chris Tilly
2046 - Gareth Evans
Wolf Creek - Nigel Floyd
Head-On - Trevor Johnston
Sideways - Mark Salisbury
My Brother...Nikhil - Anil Sinanan
The Sea Inside - Anna Smith
The Holy Girl - Jessica Winter
No mention of 'The consequences of love', 'Silver City' and 'Maria full of grace' all quite well received upon release and all decent films. Also worthy of a mention should be 'The constant gardener' which was a very pleasant suprise.
I haven't seen the entire Time Out list but '2046' is my favourite from 2005, 'A History of Violence' probably wouldn't make it into my top 10. I'm inclined to agree with Dispatches from Zembla on 'A History of Violence', I thought the film started well but later became more like its source material and didn't fulfill it's early promise.
24 December 2005
Camera studies # 1
I found a bunch of cigarette cards in amongst some random postcards I have been posting amongst my own photographs on my other blog. So, I intend this to be a regular series of postings of the actresses featured on these cards, most I admit I have never heard of but a quick look on IMDB proves fruitful.
The first is Edie Adams and the reverse of all reads "Camera Studies", the actresses name and "Issued by the manufacturers of Ardath cigarettes".
23 December 2005
11 December 2005
Dream double bill # 7 'Sweet Smell of Success' and 'Nightmare Alley'
The theme of this weekend's double bill is ambition. It occurred to me whilst watching 'Nightmare Alley' (1947) that Tyrone Power's character; Stanton Carlisle is motivated by success much in the same way as Sidney Falco played by Tony Curtis in 'Sweet Smell of Success' (1957).
10 December 2005
Great news for Nicholas Ray fans
I first saw it as part of the full Ray retrospective at NFT a year or so ago but was lucky enough to pick up a DVD copy in Spain where it is readily available along with '55 Days in Peking' , ' A Woman's Secret' and 'On Dangerous Ground' all of which are not available in US or UK. Let's hope Eureka can also get a hold of the rights to release 'Wind across the Everglades' which reminds me very much of 'The Savage Innocents'.
William Eggleston at ICA
ICA put these two new films alongside Eggleston and Robert Gordon's 'Stranded in Canton' as well as other features inspired by his photography. The series included 'Gummo', 'Elephant' and 'The Virgin Suicides', watching the two documentaries made me want to watch these three films again, particularly 'Gummo' which I loved when it came out.
05 December 2005
Dream double bill # 6 'Sullivan's Travels' and 'O Brother, where art thou?'
This weekend's double bill gives us Preston Sturges 'Sullivan's Travels' (1941) in which Hollywood film director John L Lloyd Sullivan played by Joel McCrea sets off to make 'O Brother, where art thou?' but to do so must leave Hollywood behind. Second up; The Coen Brothers bring us their version of Ulysses and pay tribute to Preston Sturges (amongst others) with their film ‘O Brother, where art thou?’ (1990).
29 November 2005
Today is the one year anniversary for this my first blog.
I’m pleased with the way it has developed, considering I had no idea with what the possibilities were when I started.
I have taken advice from others and tried to add some structure to it and post more frequently on film related ‘stuff’, for want of a better word. A few other sites are now linking to mine which is good and I have figured out how to link to them too.
The best feedback I have received seems to be on the weekend ‘Dream double bill’ series and going forward I hope to develop more themes.
Thanks to my regular visitors for encouragement and ideas. My very first post was, when I was dipping my toe into the so called ‘Blogosphere’ on ‘Europa ‘51’. So I thought I’d revisit that theme and although the DVD is not available in US or
28 November 2005
27 November 2005
Dream double bill # 5 ‘Fahrenheit 451’ and ‘Alphaville’
26 November 2005
19 November 2005
I’ve also noted on the ‘Dispatches from Zembla’ some excellent thoughts on the film as well as a link to Sony Picture Classics microsite for this film. So I guess it is being re-released but the site doesn’t say when. It does however have a trailer and lots of on set pictures which are worth checking out.
8th Festival of German Films
14 November 2005
12 November 2005
Dream double bill # 4 'The Passenger' and 'Plein Soleil'
Whereas Jack Nicholson’s character David Locke adopts the identity of Robertson through his death early on in ‘The Passenger’ Alain Delon’s Tom Ripley murders Maurice Ronet’s Philip Greenleaf on board his yacht.
‘The Passenger’ tells the story of Locke running from all elements of his former life including his wife; ‘Plein Soleil’ gives us on screen for the first time the psychopath Ripley taking on the love, wealth and trappings of his victim.
'Plein Soleil', a great opening sequence and the first time we see Patricia Highsmith's Tom Ripley on screen.
06 November 2005
Dream double bill # 3 'Harold and Maude' and 'Rushmore'
Oh, and both films have Cat Stevens on their respective soundtracks.
I think this would make an excellent double bill, forget putting 2 Wes Anderson films together, this is his best film. I personally believe that both 'The Royal Tenenbaums' and 'The Life Acquatic with Steve Zissou' have been no where near as good as 'Rushmore'.