The Friday 9/24/2021

Jesmark Scicluna: Luzzu (Kino Lorber)

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

Port Townsend Film Festival titles.

I have a new episode of “The Music and the Movies” this week, on the subject of “Scott Joplin and Company.” This is a way of expressing my affection for the American genius, not just by playing a few cuts from The Sting but finding Joplin (and Joplinesque things) elsewhere in cinema. Produced by Voice of Vashon.

The previous show, “Experiments in Space,” is also still online. If those links have expired by the time you read this, you can access my VoV page and see what’s current.

Speaking of Voice of Vashon, I was interviewed on that station’s REALtalk show by host Susan McCabe, speaking partly of my Humanities Washington talk, and partly of the state of movies today. Check that here, if you wish.

At my other website, What a Feeling!, I’ve got three vintage 80s reviews to consider: Costa-Gavras’s Missing, with Jack Lemmon and Sissy Spacek in an example of big-studio more-or-less political filmmaking; Nick Broomfield and Joan Churchill’s Soldier Girls, an excellent documentary from early in the careers of those filmmakers; and Robert Towne’s Personal Best, the track-and-field romance that really captured my heart at a tender moment.