A Perfect Day for Bogdanofish
On Monday The Hollywood Reporter announced Peter Bogdanovich will write and direct an adaptation of Kurt Andersen’s monolithic novel Turn of the Century. What lovely news. It’s been a white since we’ve had a big-screen feature from Bogdanovich, and it’s about time. The Cat’s Meow, his reimagining of the Ince yachting incident, was released in 2001, almost a decade ago. Since then, he’s been...
On Jonathan Pryce in Carrington
The movies love a good fop. Whether it’s Joel Grey in Cabaret or Robert Preston in Victor/Victoria, dandies make for fun watching, and quite often, the more flamboyant they are the better. But rare is the actor, and rarer still is the performance, that manages to translate the fop’s innate theatricality into movie size. On stage, where there’s a back row to reach, size and grandeur have their...
The Problem with Precious
People are still talking about Precious. A few days ago, Ishmael Reed suggested that the general response to the film fell largely around racial lines. As passé as his claim sounds, he may in fact be right. At least my own field research says so. Most white people I know have basically come down in favor of the film, and the few black people I know are mostly ambivalent. I’m not sure this is...
February 5, 1936: At the New York premiere of Charles Chaplin’s Modern Times,...– This Week In Film History 01-31-10 | MovieFanFare (via karinalongworth)