Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange at 40

May 23, 2011

Here’s a slide show prepared by Warner Home Video in anticipation of the May 31st release of A Clockwork Orange: 40th Anniversary Blu-ray Edition and the Stanley Kubrick: Limited Edition Collection. A Clockwork Orange is probably my favorite Kubrick film …

The Devil’s Son-in-Law

May 23, 2011

I think I’ll write my Sunday column about William Bunch, a.k.a. Peetie Wheatstraw (the Devil’s son-in-law). Peetie has always been a favorite of mine — I mentioned him briefly in my recent Robert Johnson column as one of Johnson’s probable …

Jeff Nichols’ Take Shelter Wins Top Critics Prize at Cannes: Good on him

May 22, 2011

While In Competition awards have yet to be handed out at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, the Critics Week awards, have been handed out . And Jeff Nichols’ Michael Shannon-starring Take Shelter, his follow-up to Shotgun Stories, won the Grand …

Tintin trailer: Yes, I’m excited

May 20, 2011

Oliver Stone’s Platoon out on Blu-ray next week

May 19, 2011

In today’s mail there was a Blu-ray of Oliver Stone’s Platoon — the 25th anniversary edition, the first time the film has been released on DVD. Pardon me if I feel a little old. Platoon wasn’t quite the first movie …

Duane Baughman and Johnny O’ Hara’s Bhutto is our DVD of the week

May 18, 2011

Out this week from First Run Features Duane Baughman and Johnny O’Hara’s extraordinary documentary Bhutto ($27.95, not rated), a film that works not only as a biography of the late Benazir Bhutto — the former prime minister of Pakistan and …

Boston Corbett dies, alone and forgotten, in the Great Hinckley Fire of 1894

May 18, 2011

Killer of the assassin Booth, Boston Corbett dies, alone and forgotten, in the Great Hinckley Fire of 1894 Hell hath overtaken me at last, the world divided, tinder and ash. Limbs lopped from the pines have made a pyre And …

Finalists in the Ozark Foothills Filmfest Indie Film Grant Initiative announced

May 18, 2011

This is an imprerssive list of folks — I wish they all could get the grants. Here’s the press release: Ozark Foothills FilmFest is pleased to announce the finalists in the Indie Film Grant Initiative. Twenty-seven Arkansas filmmakers submitted applications …

Lady Gaga on bullying and the Boss

May 18, 2011

You won’t see a lot of Lady Gaga coverage here, but this struck me as interesting. Lady Gaga: Inside the Outside is a documentary that will air on MTV on May 26 (next Thursday, at 8 pm local — Central …

Spotlight on Harmon Killebrew

May 18, 2011

Spotlight on Harmon Killebrew. Time chips away the world we knew. Juan Marichal, Matty Alou — The few, the lucky few.