The Friday (2/26/2021)

Bakary Kone: Night of the Kings (courtesy NEON)

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

Night of the Kings. “The dizzying atmosphere that emerges is haunting.”

Tomorrow, Saturday February 27th, we’ll have another Zoom meeting in the ongoing semester of Scarecrow Academy, “The Art in Noir: Film Noir and the Director,” presented by the nonprofit Scarecrow Video in Seattle. Our subject is the B-movie classic Detour (1945), directed by Edgar G. Ulmer. Our discussion begins at 2 p.m. Pacific Time, and you can sign up at Scarecrow’s Academy page. Also, here I am introducing the movie.

At my other blog, What a Feeling!, we tally more vintage reviews of 1980s films. To wit: John Sayles’ Matewan, a classic labor film (and quasi-Western) that introduced Chris Cooper; Amy Holden Jones’ Maid to Order, a fantasy-comedy with Ally Sheedy; Fons Rademakers’ The Assault, a Dutch film that took the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film of 1986; Paul Bogart’s Oh God! You Devil, the third in the series with George Burns as the Almighty; and Savage Steve Holland’s One Crazy Summer, a follow-up to Better Off Dead, with John Cusack and Demi Moore.

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