Archive for November, 2017

…just don’t call me late for supper

Posted in FILM with tags , , on November 30, 2017 by dcairns

The Late Show: The Late Movies Blogathon starts tomorrow. Just thought I’d say that again.

It runs for a week. I will link to or publish ANYTHING that fits the theme, including cool pieces you might have written years ago and published years ago. It might also be nice if you recommend some really good late films not yet covered, since so far this year I have been mainly seeing somewhat turkeyish material.

BUT I am going to watch Ken Russell’s THE FALL OF THE LOUSE OF USHER for which I have… hopes. Watching a Ken Russell film is never a bad idea. Always remember: Life is not a Ken Loach movie; It is a Ken Russell Movie. Act accordingly.


Night of Passion / Rites of Passage

Posted in FILM with tags , , , on November 29, 2017 by dcairns

The Forgotten returns, over at The Notebook, after a long Thanksgiving break, with an early Sid Furie, just before we plunge into the world of late cinema. It’s a goodie!

Umm, the link’s not live yet. I’ll let ou know when it is.

EDIT: We’re live!

Hot Mama

Posted in FILM, MUSIC with tags , , , , on November 28, 2017 by dcairns

I decided I needed another project, so over at The Chiseler, in no particular order, I’m going to review Josef Von Sternberg’ six films with Marlene Dietrich. One a month, starting now with BLONDE VENUS, the duo’s off-kilter ode to motherhood, because you have to start somewhere.

A sentence I forgot to include: Sternberg not only dressed his diva in a gorilla suit, he made sure it was a gorilla suit with a runny nose.

I quite like this contemporaneous cover version of the film’s best song, especially the incompetent oboe solo two minutes in. Jazz: delicious hot, disgusting cold.