Criterions for January


January Criterions have been announced! Most exciting one to me is another addition to their collection of Preston Sturges films, with The Palm Beach Story. I can’t rank this one quite as high as Sullivan’s Travels or The Lady Eve, but it’s close on their heels in terms of straight-up zany fun. I’m so glad to see Criterion release a Hollywood classic like this just about every month.

Also releasing: Guy Maddin’s My Winnipeg (an excellent and evocative film I’d love to own in a Criterion edition), Werner Rainer Fassbinder’s The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant, and Lucrecia Martel’s La Ciénega, which I’ll admit I’ve never heard of. What Criterions are going on your wishlist for January?

Classics on Disc: August 5


The restored version of William Friedkin’s Sorcerer was one of the screenings at this year’s TCM Film Festival that I wish I’d been able to get to. The film has been kind of a holy grail for a while, difficult to find and never in Friedkin’s intended version – this following box office failure and renewed interest only after release. This Blu-ray sets all that to rights, with a restoration guided by Friedkin himself. The film is a remake of Henri-Georges Clouzot’s acclaimed The Wages of Fear, a film I admit I didn’t care for very much when I saw it. I’m curious to both rewatch the original, and then watch Friedkin’s take on the story. Buy at Amazon

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Storytime drawings by Joey Spiotto


I ran across these adorable illustrations of adult movies, TV, and games rendered as Little Golden Books over at io9, but a little digging through the links they provided brought up a whole lot more. They’re by artist Joey Spiotto, who has several posted on his website (his album cover art is great, too – I actually have a Teefury shirt based on one of them), more on his Instagram here, and there are even more at Gallery 88, the gallery in Los Angeles where he displays his work and where you can buy prints. They’re all adorable, and I somehow have great love for art that takes definitely adult things and renders them in a format that looks kid-friendly. You know, like Kill Bill.

Classics on Disc: July 29


For the first time since I started doing these posts, Fox Cinema Archives takes the top spot, with their release of Clara Bow’s next-to-last film Call Her Savage. I saw this at the TCM Film Festival a few years ago, and while I wouldn’t on the whole call it successful, it was definitely a one-of-a-kind film, jumping back and forth from flapper comedy to sophisticated drama to working class tragedy. It is…a sight to behold, and I’m glad it’s getting at least a DVD-on-demand release so hopefully more people can check it out. Fox Cinema Archives is also releasing Alex & the Gypsy which I know nothing about except that the poster being used as the basis of the cover art is terrible.


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