The Friday 3/19/2021

The Inheritance (courtesy Grasshopper Films)

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

The Inheritance. “Acknowledges the influence of Jean-Luc Godard by placing a poster for La Chinoise in the kitchen, which means that a scene in which one roomie engages in some healthy juicing while positioned beneath the poster raises the question of whether Maoists would’ve achieved more if they’d had access to antioxidant smoothies.”

We continue our Scarecrow Academy semester of “The Art in Noir: Film Noir and the Director,” with an online Zoom discussion of Robert Siodmak’s Criss Cross, the 1949 noir starring Burt Lancaster and Yvonne De Carlo. The session, presented by the nonprofit Scarecrow Video in Seattle, begins at 2 p.m. Pacific Time and is free. Find out details and register at the Academy page. And below, I introduce the picture:

At my other website, What a Feeling!, the vintage 1980s reviews continue: Lindsay Anderson’s The Whales of August, starring Bette Davis and Lillian Gish; Blake Edwards’ Micki + Maude, with Dudley Moore married to both Amy Irving and Ann Reinking; Dominique Deruddere’s Love Is a Dog from Hell, a Belgian adaptation of three Charles Bukowski stories; Mike Figgis’s Stormy Monday, with Melanie Griffith, Tommy Lee Jones, and Sting; and Mike Nichols’ Silkwood, featuring the memorable trio of Meryl Streep, Kurt Russell, and Cher.

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