The Friday 10/15/2021

Lou Reed: The Velvet Underground (Apple TV+)

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

The Velvet Underground. “What Haynes is really conjuring here is a kind of utopia, a realm in which art is devoured and created and shared.”

We’re in the midst of another Scarecrow Academy semester – a free online discussion series (no homework involved) presented by Scarecrow Video; the subject is “The Art in Noir: Film Noir and the Director (Part 2).” We convene on Saturday, Oct. 16th, at 2 pm Pacific Time, for a talk about Ida Lupino’s 1953 The Hitch-Hiker, with some mention of our second feature, the 1960 Twilight Zone episode, also titled The Hitch-Hiker (but unrelated to Lupino’s film). It’s free, and you can sign up on the Academy page. I intro the event here:

Two additions to my other website, What a Feeling!, this week: vintage 1980s reviews of Nicholas Meyer’s Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, offered in the spirit of William Shatner’s real-world voyage into space; and Richard Loncraine’s Brimstone & Treacle, a Dennis Potter script starring Sting.

Preview Aeronauts (This Week’s Movies)


Mark Ruffalo: Dark Waters (Focus Features)

Links to my reviews published this week in the Herald, and etc.

The Aeronauts. “The best thing to do is sit back and enjoy all the Jules Verne steampunkery.”

A holiday movie preview.

Dark Waters. “Maybe, speaking as a non-fan of much of Haynes’ career, it might be good to see this filmmaker doing more jobs of work.”

This week at What a Feeling!, we look at vintage reviews of: Roland Joffe’s The Killing Fields, Sidney Lumet’s The Morning After, Andrew Birkin’s Burning Secret (a film that was once a Stanley Kubrick project!), Garry Marshall’s Beaches, and John Badham’s American Flyers.