The Friday 5/21/2021

Ida Lupino: Road House

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

Shrek 2/Shrek the Third/Shrek Forever After. “Never really warmed up to the franchise in the first place.”

If you will, pull up a barstool and listen to my new episode of “The Music and the Movies,” in which I host an hour called “The Film Noir Lounge,” a collection of songs performed in the piano bars and road houses and nightclubs of film noir. I had fun with this one; it’ll be online until 5/30 or so.

And still a couple of days to hear “Coen Brothers Jukebox,” my curation of songs from the films of those guys. A new episode of “M&M” plays Sunday night at 7.

Three vintage reviews posted this week at my other website, What a Feeling! Here we have ’80s reviews for: Rick King’s Hotshot, a soccer movie with Pele; Diane Keaton’s Heaven, a super-quirky documentary about the afterlife (does anybody even remember this exists?); and David Anspaugh’s Hoosiers, a beloved sport picture about which I had reservations.

The Friday 5/14/2021

Baran Rasoulof, Mohammad Seddighimehr: There Is No Evil (Kino Lorber)

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

There Is No Evil. “In all of its segments, the movie lets you breathe, and finds a way to allow the passage of time become slightly uncanny.”

Listen to my latest episode of “The Music and the Movies,” which is called “Coen Brothers Jukebox.” I play songs the Coens have used and talk about why their choices are so very Coenesque. That’s online at Voice of Vashon for the next week or so.

The previous episode, which look at the Beat movement in film, is still online through the weekend. That’s here.

Three vintage 1980s reviews this week at my other website, What a Feeling! I think I might do three a week for a while – after posting over 900 reviews, I’m starting to run thin. Check these pieces on: Savage Steve Holland’s How I Got Into College, a flat college comedy with a good cast of character actors; Mario Camus’ The Holy Innocents, a Cannes prizewinner and a significant hit in Spain; and Chris Columbus’s Heartbreak Hotel, with David Keith as Elvis and a rare Tuesday Weld sighting.