Friday, January 3, 2014

New year's links

2013 wasn't too bad. Once again, there were new things I tried out here, to varying degrees of success. There were some great blogathons I took part in that inspired my imagination. And I got to attend a bunch of fine and varied outdoor screenings. I have some ideas about what I'd like to do for WSW this year, though at this point it would be premature to talk about them. I'm just glad I've lasted as long as I have with this blog. If there's anything you wanna see more or less of, please let me know and I'll do what I can.

One new element to the blog is a page called Blue Ribbon Films. These are the films on this blog that mean the most to me in terms of not only entertainment but important memories - of times, places, people and events that I associate with these films. I'll add to them over the few days.

Caftan Woman wonders how well we really remember It's a Wonderful Life.

Ivan reflects on his video store days.

ClassicBecky is back, and just in time for the height of Oscar season, she shows some love for Oscar-winning composer Bernard Herrmann.

Erica reviews a book that mashes up Star Wars with Shakespeare.

Retrospace collects a bunch of quotes from B-movie actresses who have done nude scenes.

AFFRM is stepping up to the next level in support of black cinema with their Rebel program.

Did Olivia DeHavilland and the late Joan Fontaine really have a long-running feud or not?

This graphic compares book reviews to reviews of the movies they were based on, from the recent past to the present.

Spike Jonze talks about the Beastie Boys movie that never happened.

Criterion could use some more animated movies, don't you think?


  1. Thanks for sharing my vent.

    Looking forward to whatever you have in store for us in the coming months.

    I would love to see Criterion put their credentials behind some of the best of animation.

  2. I first collected Criterion discs back in the late 90s and it never occurred to me how few animated films they had until I read that article - and it's surprising when you factor in all the great work from around the world.

  3. Bernard Herrmann and I thank you for mentioning us! These links are great, and I'm working my way through them. Nice one, Rich!


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