Happy Independence Day to one and all! It is truly a great country we live in when we’re allowed to celebrate the national holiday with either a Twilight Zone marathon on the Sci-Fi Channel or a slew of Alfred Hitchcock-directed films on Turner Classic Movies. Notorious (1946) is on right now as I type this, and will be followed by Shadow of a Doubt (1943), Psycho (1960), Vertigo (1958), The Birds (1963) and Rear Window (1954). I’m not entirely certain how TCM equates Independence Day with Sir Alfred, but I’m sure there’s a connection in there somewhere. (Although it seems to me that somebody should have scheduled To Catch a Thief …at least that one has fireworks, if you know what I mean.)
I added a few new blog links to the ol’ blogroll last night, beginning with Jim’s Journeys—a nice little read with wistful passages and stories from the past. (Jim was highly complimentary to me in the comments section of the piece I did on Making News: Savannah Style…so much so that for a second I thought he was talking about someone else’s blog.) A query from Craig Zablo on the availability of the forgotten TV classic T.H.E. Cat also led to a link exchange; Craig writes a good deal about modern-day movies but knows a good Western when he sees one.
Finally, my longtime online compadre Tom Sutpen—one of the masterminds behind If Charlie Parker Was a Gunslinger…—has decided to flex his film criticism muscles and launch Illusion Travels by Streetcar (apparently the recent discovery of a complete print of Fritz Lang’s Metropolis has served as his muse). Before you say: “Yes, just what the blogosphere needs…another cinematic blog” let me point out that Tom has seen more movies than I have had hot dinners, and his pieces have appeared in such prestigious places as the Bright Lights Film Journal…so it’s safe to say he’s not going to be reviewing films like Reveille with Beverly anytime soon. I wish him the best of luck, and predict big things for his streetcar of desire.
With that having been said…here is your Moment of Zen: