Film Friday Weekly Roundup
Now that the American’s have gorged themselves on turkey and are out in shops right now fighting over discounted televisions, it’s official – the holidays are upon us, people! Whether that statement fills you with dread or joy, it is time to start making your holiday wish list of movie goodies and leave it casually lying about the house. Get in the holiday spirit by practicing the innocent delivery of lines such as: “Oh, how did that list of dvds that I do not yet own get on the fridge? Weirdo” or “Hey, have you seen my Kurosawa box from the Criterion Collection? Oh, wait, I don’t have it yet. Silly me!” If you’re not sure what to put on your wish list, it’s time to start your research. Fortunately, the interwebs is full of movie lovers offering up lots of info. Take a tour around the best of the best this week, complete with a suggested helpful hint for your friends and loved ones. Happy reading and happy viewing!
24 Frames takes a look at the pre-Code version of The Maltese Falcon. (“Did you know there was an earlier version of The Maltese Falcon? I’ve never seen it, but…”)
Parallax View reviews the Blu-Ray release of John Carpenter’s They Live. (“Sounds weird, but Rowdy Roddy Piper was excellent in They Live. I think it just came out on Bu-Ray or something.”)
A Person in the Dark describes a personal journey to Gary Cooper. (“I just read this post about Gary Cooper and I really feel like I should see more of his movies. I guess I should make a list.“)
Film Junk podcasts on Bond. (“I’ve never seen a single James Bond movie! Maybe I should start with the new box set so I can get the whole overview?”)
Criterion Files compares Lincoln and John Ford’s Young Mr. Lincoln. (“There’s this great website, www.criterion.com. You should check it out, you’ll love it!”)
366 Weird Movies looks at the Criterion release of Chaplin’s The Gold Rush. (“Did I tell you about this website, www.critierion,com. Seriously, you should go there!”)
Film Noir Blonde looks at the upcoming TCM and Universal release Dark Crimes: Film Noir Thrillers. (“TCM is releasing a set of film noir thrillers. On Dec. 3. Check your email for the link. Get it?”)
The Warner Archives is having a sale – 5 for $50 or 10 for $95. (“The Warner Archived is having a sale, damn it! A sale! You can shut me up and save money!”)
If you’re still not in the holiday mood, watch this. It’ll help.