The Big Picture: New rules intended to stop Oscar-season excess could backfire

September 24, 2011

I know some of you are very much into following the Oscar race. I’m not. But I will make a concerted effort this year to try to keep up. And I can use Patrick C Goldstein’s The Big Picture column. …

Magisto video editing service — the experimental dog film

September 23, 2011

The above video is the result of me uploading some random video clips — from my computer’s “dog movies” folder — onto a a free Israeli video editing service called Magisto. It took less than a minute. They’ bill themselves …

Turning up Brighton Rock

September 22, 2011

Brighton Rock Grade: 87 Cast: Sam Riley, Andrea Riseborough, Andy Serkis, John Hurt, Helen Mirren Director: Rowan Joffe Rating: Not rated Running time: 111 minutes In his memoir Ways of Escape, Graham Greene wrote of his novel Brighton Rock: … …

Comedians on Comedians: Who Wants Tommy Savitt Now?

September 22, 2011

By Steve Hofstetter On stage, Tommy Savitt is simple. His delivery is slow and measured and his character is the id run amuck. “You know how many marriages I’ve saved?” Savitt asks on stage. “Once you cheat on him with …

RIP REM

September 21, 2011

We know how gravity drags and time sculpts flesh, the rueful realities of sticking around and acquiring habits and stuff and friends who can be ripped away by forces who neither consider nor acknowledge our claim to them. One reason …

Home movies: My Run, Bridesmaids, and more

September 21, 2011

Recent DVD releases: 51 (R, 90 minutes) — The U.S. government decides to allow select members of the media access to Area 51 — the top secret Nevada based long rumored to be the seat of the military’s alien/UFO response …

Lil’ Pulp Fiction

September 20, 2011

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The Wandas, “Longtime Running” (mp3)

September 20, 2011

Longtime Running (new!) by the WANDAS Off their eponymous album, out now. They’re on tour too.

Coming soon: The Lost Notebooks of Hank Williams and The Last Ride

September 19, 2011

The Lost Notebooks of Hank Williams EPK from Columbia Records on Vimeo. Also coming soon, Harry Thomason’s (and Tim Jackson’s) The Last Ride — it opens in Arkansas, Lousiana and Alabama on Oct. 21:

A thousand or so words on the occasion of the release of the Breakfast at Tiffany’s 50th anniversary DVD

September 19, 2011

Memory is fluid and malleable, an unreliable witness with an ever-changing agenda. Until a couple of years ago — courtesy of a new two-disc Paramount Centennial Collection DVD that’s being commercially released today — I would have swornBreakfast at Tiffany’s …