The Friday 12/10/2021

Hidetoshi Nishijima and Toko Miura: Drive My Car (Sideshow/Janus Films)

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

Drive My Car. “Moments bloom into radiant life.”

I have a new episode of “The Music and the Movies” this week, devoted to the pioneer of film composing, Max Steiner, the man who did King Kong and Gone With the Wind and scored a #1 hit on the Top 40 when he was 71 years old. Listen here.

Still a few more days to listen to an episode about the film music of 1971.

I’ll be introducing, briefly, the Paramount Theatre’s evening of “Silent Santa Shorts,” part of their ongoing Silent Movie Mondays program, at 7 pm Dec. 13. Then a few of us will talk after. Check the details here.

Three vintage 1980s reviews posted this week to my other blog, What a Feeling!: Mike Hodges’ A Prayer for the Dying, an IRA thriller disowned by Hodges and star Mickey Rourke; Christopher Cain’s The Principal, a school movie with Jim Belushi, Louis Gossett Jr., and Rae Dawn Chong; and David Burton Morris’s Patti Rocks, a pretty prominent indie at the time, with good roles for the married actors Chris Mulkey and Karen Landry.