Friday, June 28, 2019
Add the City Cinemas Paris in midtown Manhattan to the endangered species list for movie theaters in New York. I haven’t been here much, but it’s a gorgeous one-screen theater that feels both modern and old school. I even remember the first film I saw there; it was Polanski’s Death and the Maiden, with Sigourney Weaver. Also saw Life is Beautiful. In recent years, I went there a few more times with my movie-going crew. Don’t know if I’ll make it back there this summer or not, but if it folds, New York will have lost another cinematic treasure.
Not much else to say right now, so let’s go straight to the links:
Gill discusses an Australian TV show that was a launching pad for a number of future film stars.
Ruth reviews a book about a group of Bela Lugosi B-movies that may have more to them than meets the eye.
Le writes about Errol Flynn’s first feature film.
Virginie makes up some thematic double features.
Toy Story and the nature of consciousness and individuality. (SPOILERS)
Quentin Tarantino is still serious about making a Star Trek movie!
The surge in biopics and other films featuring popular music is fueled by branding.
The Lion King remake challenges the meaning of “animation.”
Robert De Niro is building a new studio in Queens.
Sony named a theater on their lot after the late John Singleton.
A film composer discusses his craft.
What is the top Canadian film of all time?
Neil Patrick Harris tries New York’s new subway fare payment system for the first time. (A system we should’ve had years ago, but whatevs.)
See you in two weeks.