Film for a Friday: The Magician (1926)

It’s been so long since I read Maugham’s novel, but I recall enjoying it — far more than Aleister Crowley did, who accused the author of plagiarism as that was easier than accusing him of satire. Anyway, then he’d have had to go after M. R. James, John Buchan, Dennis Wheatley and Dion Fortune as…

Film for a Friday: Dragonwyck

I think I have the Cultural Gutter to thank for finally getting to watch this film. It ought not to have been a hard sell: Vincent Price! Gene Tierney! And it takes place in the very region I live in the NY half of my year. Based on the Anya Seton novel, ‘It is a…

See It: The Shape of Water

Many thanks to Peg for the chance to see this ahead of release. We were both saying that it will be great to see it again on a big screen. It’s del Toro, so of course it’s just a lovely lovely film on the visual level: the greens and the reds! Breathtaking. The cast of…

Ken Russell: Perspectives, Reception & Legacy

I was fortunate to attend this ground-breaking conference and experience all its delights. Here are a few pictures (the rest on Facebook). Host Matt Melia is looking into publishing the proceedings, so I’ll certainly let you know when that happens. There was a really high ratio of excellence, as might be expected with many people…

Film for a Friday: Woman Who Came Back

Yes, it is written like that in the title card: no article on Woman. Low budget offering from Western Television, Woman Who Came Back (1945) offers a tale of the past invading the present in the form of a witch burned at the stake who wants revenge. In New England — where of course no one was…

Review: Gimme Danger

Music is life. And life is not a business. When I came out of the theatre there was blood on the pavement and a guy whose face had been smashed by something. It seemed out of place on a quiet Albany afternoon, but not after this film. The Stooges are a perfect meeting of the…

Tuesday’s Overlooked A/V: The Hudsucker Proxy

I haven’t had time to do a TOA/V in a while, but after some dissing of this film on Twitter, I decided it was a sign. I love the Coen’s films in general. Most of them I love a lot. I think Raising Arizona might be one of the funniest films ever made, Blood Simple…

Why I Didn’t Love Skyfall

[N.B. This isn’t really a review so much as an analysis, so it’s chock full of spoilage. If you haven’t seen the film yet, you may want to wait to read this. Or not! But just so you know what you’re in for –] This is not timely: as much as I love Daniel Craig…

TOA/V: New Shorts from Alan Moore

This week’s entry for Todd’s round up of overlooked audio/visuals is the first two bits of a new project from Alan Moore. Not content with forays into comics, novels, music, magic and publishing, he’s teamed up with Mitch Jenkins to work on a ‘Northampton Noir’ series. Because of course Moore has discovered that NoHo ‘practically…

TOA/V: Sita Sings the Blues

I’ve neglected TOA/V for far too long, but I have the excuse of being really really busy. And adjusting to the fact that I am really really busy. That year of idling went to my head. I’m not fit for regular work that includes talking to lots of people. I prefer the voices in my…