Tuesday, May 25, 2010

I’ve put this off as long as I can…

…I need to strap myself to the couch and force myself to watch Breaker! Breaker! (1977); I’ve spent most of the morning randomly surfing movie blogs in a painfully transparent attempt to shirk responsibility. (I watched it once the other night, but if I’m going to be properly snarky for the Chuck Norris Ate My Blog Blogathon I’ll need to peep it again to transcribe any choice dialogue bits.) In the meantime, I thought you might enjoy perusing these fine articles:

John McElwee has a wonderfully written essay on Sorry, Wrong Number (1948) up at one of the best classic film blogs on the Web, Greenbriar Picture Shows. I particularly enjoyed the fact that he places the film in the proper context with the popular Suspense broadcast (starring TDOY idol Agnes Moorehead).

Here’s a nice review of Stagecoach (1939) and its brand-spanking new presentation on both Blu-Ray and DVD via the good people at Criterion (it comes out today), courtesy of KansasCity.com.

TCM’s Movie Morlocks blog features a worth-your-time read on the history of remakes and how they’re not necessarily always a bad thing (hey—it took them three tries to get The Maltese Falcon right). But while I’m on the subject, here’s news of a remake that’s definitely a bad idea—the 1971 existential cult classic Vanishing Point (which I reviewed here). (They did this once already…)

And to wrap this up, I wanted to single out a pair of great posts at Nicholas Prigge’s Cinema Romantico—one on Parks and Recreation’s Ron Swanson (Nick is clearly a fan, and for that I doff the TDOY derby in his direction) and another on how movies can sometimes be better with the proper libation at hand. (I also like Nick’s credo: “If you also believe your favorite movie - whatever your favorite movie may be - is truly one of the Seven Wonders of the World then you've come to the right blog.”)

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2 comments:

Vince said...

This will be of no help to you, but my favorite thing about Breaker, Breaker is that a former boss of mine gets killed by Chuck Norris in it. Look for the car crusher.

Ivan G. Shreve, Jr. said...

LOL! One of the best scenes in the flick. If its any consolation, he died a noble death...