So, the 83rd annual Academy Awards happened. I think. The effort to revitalize the franchise for the “young and hip” demographic failed miserably. Twitter was abuzz with grand pronouncements of “most boring Oscars ever.” The historically-inaccurate THE KING’S SPEECH robbed the historically-inaccurate THE SOCIAL NETWORK of all the highest honors. The most entertaining part of [...]
Reason No. 384 why I love the 21st Century: Angie Dickinson and Lee Marvin in Steve Reich’s CLAPPING MUSIC
Via Metafilter it’s POINT BLANK’s Angie Dickinson and Lee Marvin performing Steve Reich’s CLAPPING MUSIC.
Maybe I misunderstood Joaquin Phoenix’s I’m Still Here when I called it an over-privileged aping of Andy Kaufman and Borat. (See my The Film Talk review here.) As I watched the 1971 documentary The American Dreamer — about Dennis Hopper and the making of his ill-fated The Last Movie – I had an epiphany. Phoenix [...]
Hey there Dear Listener – hope all is well in your world. Just a quick post to announce our new website – as you can see by looking around there’s been a few changes. Now of course there will be a few teething problems in the days ahead – yours truly will do his best [...]
[Alexandra Swarens and Tim Driscoll on the set of MOTHER'S RED DRESS] My friends, I’ve Been Voided. Two days ago my co-host and friend on The Show Prof. Dr. Gareth Higgins sent me an urgent text imploring me to see ENTER THE VOID as soon as possible. One day ago my brother burst into our [...]
Hello Dear Reader – hope you’re having as lovely a time wherever you are as I’m having in Los Angeles. Another night at the 2010 LA Irish Film Festival for yours truly – cracking films in MY BROTHERS and SWANSONG: STORY OF OCCI BYRNE. You’ll hear myself and Prof. Dr. Gareth Higgins talk about OCCI [...]
The problem with talking about I’m Still Here is that we have to discuss something you by all rights shouldn’t know when entering the theater. But every review you come across will pontificate on it. Odds are you already know what I’m talking about. If you don’t, stop here, and go watch the movie. Spoilers [...]
Hey there folks – if you’ve listened to the latest show then you know I’ll be spending the next week doing on-set photography for the new film MOTHER’S RED DRESS featuring the beautiful and talented Illeana Douglas. I’ll try my best to post about the process – I imagine Twitter and Facebook will be a [...]
Don’t know if I’ve ever promoted software here on the site – but I stumbled across Flavors.me yesterday and just love it – using Flavors within minutes you create a personalized website so folks can easily access all of your internet content in one place – this is what I wished Google Profiles looked like, [...]
Looking for work can be a depressing prospect, (as listeners to the show will know I’m leaving Nashville for other climes), so thank goodness today that I stumbled across this amazing find – the unaired Orson Welles Talk Show Pilot. I love these clips for so many reasons – but the one I’ll highlight is [...]
Hey there folks – yours truly will be a guest on The Criterion Cast tomorrow discussing one of my favorite films – Orson Welle’s brilliant F for Fake. Click here to listen to the show live at 8pm Eastern Subscribe to the Criterion Cast Podcast Visit The Criterion Cast Website I trust a good conversation [...]
…The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus would be as popular as Avatar.
Ok – I still don’t have a name for my weekly film-related harvesting of the Webinets – I’ll come up with some sort of snappy, happy-happy catchphrase at some point. Anyhew, I won’t let the lack of a branded identity for this post stop the magic – here’s a wrap-up of some film related stories [...]
Oh, sure I’d like to go all Avatar here - discuss in detail my response to this most Camerony of films – but that’ll have to wait till this weekend’s podcast Dear Reader. Instead I proffer some experiences of the last few days and a some selected gems from this week’s trawling of the webs: First off – [...]
Hey film fans – today’s the last day to get your free movie from premium streaming movie site The Auteurs: For your free movie click here to go to The Auteurs – and use promo code: thefilmtalk The Auteurs have been great in spreading the word to their members about ‘The Film Talk’ – so [...]
Hey there Film Talk listeners, (and hopefully members!), I’ve been very impressed, like you I’m sure, with the good Dr.’s posts of late – blogging from a film set in New Zealand his prose inspires and his musings on the transcendence of our experience on this tiny globe is some of the best writing I [...]
There’s an infinite amount of content out there Dear Reader – too many movies to possibly see – so how do ya find the good ones? Your gut feeling, your friends, reviewers you trust – these folks can steer you. But sometimes your gut is wrong, your friends wouldn’t know a Ti West film from [...]
Presented without comment via: Goodie Bag – Four decades of celluloid New York annihilation distilled into one musical montage. – – – Ok, I will comment – you can’t go wrong with ‘Rhapsody in Blue’. In fact I used it in a wee vid four years ago, (cribbing from Woody Allen’s Manhattan of course). The [...]
We’ll be covering the now notorious new film by Lars von Trier: ‘Antichrist’ in an upcoming show. In the meantime I provide a little taster – an ‘Antichrist’/ ‘Fantastic Mr. Fox’ mashup by SamsMyth. – – – The Belcourt Theatre here in Nashville will be screening ‘Antichrist’ for four days, starting this Friday
My posts are a bit thin this week has have been busy cobbling together ‘The Film Talk Project X’ which Gareth and I have alluded to these last few weeks on the show, (ahhh…the mystery). We’ll be unveiling it on the next episode so make sure to listen in – there are fabulous prizes to [...]
Jul 24, 1999 – CNET News Story – Pixar and Disney Collaborating on a new Tron film: Pixar Studios to remake Disney’s Tron? It set the scene for a generation of hi-tech sci-fi movies and, arguably, inspired some of the best films of the genre. Tron, the legendary Disney movie loved by the thirty-something generation, [...]
Sure it’s a gimmick by the folks over at ‘Me and Orson Welles’ – but I’m a big fan of gimmicks, and Orson Welles. Streaming online, on the same date/time as the original broadcast, will be Orson Welle’s magnificent ‘War of the Worlds’: Orson Welle’s ‘War of the Worlds’ – Live 8PM Eastern, October 30th [...]
'The Room' – Screening at Midnight this Friday and Saturday in Nashville – Is it Right to Laugh at Others Dreams?
Ok, so I couldn’t wait to see ‘The Room’ tonight at The Belcourt right? This bad film to end all bad films is supposed to be a riot, with Midnight audiences across the Country and Europe erupting in peals of laughter at its shoddy writing, one-dimensional acting, multiple plot strands that go nowhere and just [...]
Inspired by the realisation that there is yet another film that features a fictionalised Orson Welles I’m compelled to ask what may not be the most vital question of our age, but a fun parlour game nevertheless for for a drizzly Nashville morning: In all of Moviedom – who’s the best impersonator of Welles?