Sunday Random Roundup, August 25, 2013

Welcome back, dear readers, to another edition of the Random Roundup. I’m super-duper excited about the first item up, so without further ado… “Be Natural” The shamefully loooong-overdue documentary about Alice Guy Blaché If you’re interested in silent film, there’s a chance you’ve heard of Alice Guy Blaché. Otherwise, you almost certainly haven’t…even though she

Sunday Random Roundup for August 18, 2013

Welcome back, dear readers, for this week’s edition of the Sunday Random Roundup. Big Films in Other Places Remember last week’s rant about the state of film distribution in the U.S.? Well, here’s some potentially good news: Local films seem to be outdoing Hollywood “blockbusters” elsewhere in the world. The Hollywood Reporter has a nifty

Sunday Random Weekly Roundup

Welcome back, dear readers–all five or so of you. 😉 I’ve got another three items for you this Sunday, so maybe that will be the gold standard. We’ll see. First up is the news from The Hollywood Reporter that folks who crowdfund films will soon (Sept. 23) be able to have a stake–beyond a psychological one–in

New series – A Random Weekly Roundup

I’m going to try a regular Sunday series: a weekly roundup of interesting movie tidbits–essays, posts, news, etcetera. I’ll keep it short this week, with three items. First up, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, second time around. Here’s the trailer for Ben Stiller’s new film, an adaptation of Thurber’s “The Secret Life of Walter

Looking for FREE streaming films?

Check out Open Culture’s huge listings! http://www.openculture.com/freemoviesonline Here are some of the treats* awaiting you (chosen at Random, of course): Spider Baby –  A black comedy horror film, written and directed by Jack Hill. Stars Lon Chaney Jr. (1968) The Testament of Dr. Mabuse – Directed by Fritz Lang, this was the sequel to Lang’s nearly four-hour

“Cactus Flower” (1969): An Unexpected Gem

"Cactus Flower" isn't just "Apartment" through kaleidoscopic love-in glasses; the plot is a post-War screwball comedy, the script full of screwballesque exchanges between men and women. As in any good screwball, the lies people tell or pretenses they create to avoid romantic entanglements finally land them in the arms of their true partner.

Hitchcock Double Vision: Blackmail and North by Northwest

One thing that struck me the second time around was the arrangement of actors during the blackmail-over-breakfast scene, when Tracy attempts to squeeze Alice. It wasn't just that it looked familiar, but that the dynamic among the characters was familiar, too. It's an arrangement that's repeated in a few times in "Blackmail."