The Friday (9/11/2020)

Sarm Heng, Buoyancy (KinoLorber)

My review for the Scarecrow blog this week, and etc.

Buoyancy. “Whatever its motivations as a docu-drama, Buoyancy also bears the unmistakable outline of a Jack London story; it’s an adventure film, if a grim one.”

This week at Scarecrow Academy (online, of course), we continue our “The Art in Horror: Horror and the Director” semester with a discussion of George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead (1968). You can check out the link here to register, and also watch me introduce the movie in a short video, if you dare.

At Parallax View, the 2000 Eyes project continues to look at the movies of the year 2000. My contributions this week are reviews of John Singleton’s Shaft, starring Samuel L. Jackson and a spectacular Jeffrey Wright; and Antony Hoffman’s Red Planet.

At my 1980s website, What a Feeling!, I’ve got more vintage pieces from that special decade. This week I looked back at: Roger Holzberg’s Midnight Crossing, a dud with Daniel J. Travanti and Faye Dunaway; a twofer piece on the late Jiri Menzel’s My Sweet Little Village and Andrei Tarkovsky’s The Sacrifice; sitcom mogul Gary David Goldberg’s Dad, with Jack Lemmon; Bruce Beresford’s Crimes of the Heart, headlined by the power trio of Jessica Lange, Diane Keaton, and Sissy Spacek; and Tom Schiller’s cult SNL-flavored item Nothing Lasts Forever, which (contrary to reputation) did open for a regular run in 1984.

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