Oscar-Podcast 2013 mit Jelena, Sonja und Lena

Da ich wohl doch zu faul bin, meine Gedanken über die anstehende Oscar-Verleihung hier noch aufs Papier (auf den Bildschirm?) zu bringen, habe ich mir stattdessen die Unterstützung der Filmbloggerinnen Jelena (Chick on Flicks), Sonja (Zeilenkino) und Lena (To the Lighthouse) geholt und eine kleine Skype-Unterhaltung aufgezeichnet, in der wir über vergangene und gegenwärtige Oscar-Nächte […]

[Criterion] “The Gold Rush” (1925)/”This Is Spinal Tap” (1984)

Charles Chaplin’s “The Gold Rush” (1925, Criterion Collection #615) gave us the famous roll dance (so popular, legend has it, that it was shown a second time immediately after it happened at the film’s Berlin premiere), one of many memorable scenes of silent comedy in this very entertaining movie. Watching it on the big screen […]

[Criterion] “Fa yeung nin wa” (2000)/”Les quatre cents coups” (1959)

… also known as “In The Mood for Love” and “The 400 Blows.” I said I wanted to go by order of the Criterion Collection spine numbers for watching the films on Netflix, but the much smarter thing to do is watch the ones that are about to expire from the service, first. So next […]

[Criterion] Introducing the Project/”The Lady Vanishes” (1938)

After watching Nagisa Ôshima’s “In the Realm of the Senses” on Hulu last month (it was available outside of Hulu Plus for a short time), I started to look for other titles from the Criterion Collection online. I watch and have watched a lot of movies, but I know that there are still a lot of […]

Lawrence Wright talking about “Going Clear” and Scientology

Lawrence Wright has once again caught my attention with his new book “Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief,” an expansion on his profile of screenwriter and director Paul Haggis for The New Yorker from two years ago. Wright is not only a great writer, he’s great at talking about it, too, and […]

January’s movies, reviewed

With 33 films in 31 days, January of 2013 has tied with August of 2012 for the most movies I’ve watched in one month. I don’t think that’s a good thing, to be honest, but that’s the way it is. Some stats: The average release year was 1999, the earliest film was 1933’s “King Kong,” […]