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July 06, 2008

Movie Linkage

Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

* Thomas Roche raves about Michele Soavi's philosophical / poetic zombie picture "Cemetary Man." As a huge "Cemetary Man" fan myself -- I do love it when trash, art, poetry, sex, and ideas coexist happily -- I found it pleasing to learn from Thomas that Martin Scorsese once called Soavi's beautiful, demented, erotic and funny film one of the best movies of the 1990s.

* Michael Wade volunteers an excellent 10-Best-Westerns list.

* Tony Sclafani revisits some of the lesser-known teen comedies of the 1980s.

* A while back I wrote a blogposting praising the Joey Lauren Adams /Ashley Judd drama "Come Early Morning." The Holzbachian recently watched the movie and wrote me a wonderful email about it. A brief passage:

I just watched it tonight. Excellent, excellent recommendation. There were so many delicate small moments; they added up to more than any big moment ever could. Damn, I haven't seen a movie this caring toward its subject in a long time.

It also strikes you -- are people in the South really that god damned NICE? It seems like the kind of nice that would be scoffed at by the coastal dwellers. But, I'm old enough to realize it's real and trumps all of the poseurs any time.

* In Paris, film director David Cronenberg has collaborated with Howard Shore to create a stage-opera version of "The Fly."

* MBlowhard Rewind: I took a re-look at "The Passenger," Michelangelo Antonioni's early '70s arthouse darling, a chic and desolate study of alienation. To my surprise I loved it. You can buy what I hear is a good DVD of the movie here. (Used copies are available for $2.99.) Get out your hookah, put on your beret, and enjoy.

Best,

Michael

UPDATE: The Daily Burkeman offers a conservative take on Anne Thompson's 10 Best Western theme. "The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean"!

posted by Michael at July 6, 2008




Comments

The last scene in The Passenger is one of my all-time favorites. Just brilliant.

I've added "Come Early Morning" to my Netflix list...

Posted by: John Williams on July 7, 2008 2:05 PM






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