Between science and superstition ….scary lists and trailers … from Val Lewton to Jim Varney

October 29, 2010

In my OnFilm column today I supplied a list of what I considered the scariest movies ever. They are: 1. The Exorcist(1973) 2. Spoorloos (1989) 3. The Devils (1971) 4. Suspiria (1977) 5. Don’t Look Now (1973) 6. Pan’s Labyrinth …

50 years of Psycho

October 29, 2010

It’s likely I first saw Alfred Hitchcock‘s Psycho on television — snipped up to provide mortar for the late-night exhortations of used car salesmen. I don’t imagine it had any particular impact on me then; I’m sure that if I …

The Ballad of Tommy Smith

October 28, 2010

This came up on the radio this morning. But before I give you a link where you can listen to it, you need a little background. I wrote this in February, before my buddy Tommy’s most recent hiatus from the …

Never seen a Saw …

October 28, 2010

But, on The Show With No Name This Morning, we talked with Tobin Bell, the actor who plays Jigsaw. Also participating in the scrum are BDA Legion of Doom members David Bazzel, Tommy Smith, Roger Scott and Danny-Joe Crofford. Here’s …

For Lisa

October 27, 2010

Goodbye, sweetheart.

GWAR: Bananarama should marry them

October 27, 2010

From Wikipedia: “GWAR is a shock rock band formed in Richmond, Virginia, in 1984. The band is best known for its elaborate sci-fi/horror film inspired costumes, raunchy obscene lyrics, and graphic stage performances which consist of humorous re-enactments of politically …

Rabbit Hole trailer

October 27, 2010

Rabbit Hole, the John Cameron Mitchell-directed movie of David-Lindsey Abaire’s 2007 Tony Award-winning play , was one of the best received films at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. It stars Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart as a married couple …

The sort of baseball we deserve

October 27, 2010

I am looking forward to this evening’s match-up, to the probable pitching duel between Tim Lincecum of the (my) San Francisco Giants and (my neighbor) Cliff Lee, who, for the moment, pitches for the Texas Rangers. It seems fitting that …

Reel Injun at the Arkansas Studies Institute

October 26, 2010

It was just over a year ago I wrote about Canadian Cree filmmaker Neil Diamond’s documentary Reel Injun: On the Trail of the Hollywood Indian. I promised to keep you apprised as to when you could see it. So here …

Trailer for The King’s Speech

October 26, 2010

I missed it in Toronto. (I missed Toronto.) Colin Firth is being touted as a Best Actor candidate. (Thanks to BDA Legion of Doom member Sam Blair.)