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Re: “The Discerning Person's Guide to Underrated Christmas Movies

The original "I, the Jury," a fun pulp peculiarity (in 3-D) from 1953 takes place over Christmas...

Posted by Larklavan on 12/11/2009 at 5:33 PM

Re: “The Discerning Person's Guide to Underrated Christmas Movies

I am pleased to see so many mentions of Remember the Night. But isn't someone, anyone, gonna stick up for Bad Santa?

Posted by bstrong on 12/11/2009 at 4:02 PM

Re: “The Discerning Person's Guide to Underrated Christmas Movies

How about Elia Kazan's "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn"? I think it's rather overlooked and underrated, to the general public at least. It should be on the list of "dark" Christmas tales.

For real obsure stuff which you will never see: "Where are you, Santa Claus?" a short film(drama) from Poland, about a lonely and neglected pre-teen girl looking for the real meaning of Christmas. It might be my favorite Christmas flick, if I had to pick just one.

Also remember that parts 1 and 3 of Kieslowski's Decalogue are set around Christmas time...

Posted by gjk on 12/11/2009 at 1:40 PM

Re: “The Cinephile Hunt on YouTube and Beyond

I would never say You Tube is the ideal way to see a movie, but thanks to coming across the wonderful discovery that people have downloaded movies on it, much as you discovered it, I have happily been able to see many films I've always yearned to. Just recently I have seen "The Pumpkin Eater", "Seance on A Wet Afternoon" and "The Whisperers", three films with Best Actress-nominated performances I've always wanted to see, but they are not on dvd in America and I always seem to miss the once-a-year showings (if we're lucky) that TCM allows us. I was supremely grateful for the opportunity it gave me. Many people like me would love to have films presented in beautiful condition on dvd, but we'll take them in any form just so long as they are available to see and not locked in a vault.

Posted by Belmont on 12/04/2009 at 3:07 AM

Re: “Hipsters in Honduras: The (Intentionally Bad) Movie

Great article! I thing it captures the spirit of the film. I wish you guys much luck and lots of opportunities to make wonderful bad films.

Posted by elena on 11/11/2009 at 10:20 AM

Re: “In Defense of Film Culture

FWIW I've never seen Armond White compliment any film critic other than Armond White, Pauline Kael, and Andrew Sarris.

That said, I like White — not always his weekly writings b/c they're so often riddled with sentences that make little sense and lack clarity, which makes me think his editors, if they exist, are afraid of him — and love his mission. His essays for Criterion DVDs are especially sharp and forceful.

Posted by wordle on 10/24/2009 at 11:00 PM

Re: “In Defense of Film Culture

I went to check out Karina, and Spout has a shitty ad that repeats ad nauseum "CONGRATULATIONS YOU WON!!!" --- I mean really loud audio --- That's annoying as shit!

Posted by notraybourke on 10/23/2009 at 7:56 PM

Re: “In Defense of Film Culture

I agree. And I don't agree with Armond about her.

But I do also get where he's coming from in his general view of amateurism and its being enabled by the web.

Posted by bstrong on 10/23/2009 at 6:32 PM

Re: “In Defense of Film Culture

NYFCC should vote on those awards now. It would be interesting. My favorite of 1962 not mentioned/playing here is Mother Joan of the Angels which is a 1961 release but not in USA 1962 (according to IMDB).

BTW- sad to see this is Karina Longworths's last week at Spout, really liked her writing. Hope she surfaces somewhere else soon and keeps on doing what she was doing.

Posted by gjk on 10/23/2009 at 3:22 PM

Re: “Auteurs in the Archives

Nice interview about a remarkable film series. Unfortunately, all the screenings so far have been weekday matinees only, making it impossible for many of us to see any of these films. I would urge Mr. Silver to add weekend or evening screenings as soon as possible.

Posted by Jim Gerow on 10/22/2009 at 10:17 AM

Re: “Summer Film Preview

Who cares about Cusack. The hot Gong li is in it!

Posted by Hudson on 07/04/2009 at 9:34 PM

Re: “The New York Asian Film Festival Steamrolls Your Puny Cinema

The NYAFF is great every year. Looking forward to seeing House and Antique!

Posted by CitySweetTooth on 06/22/2009 at 3:25 PM

Re: “The Inessential Graham Greene

Thanks, Michal. As always, you're too kind.

Intriguing theory, Michal and one that I think holds a lot of water. I may have to rewatch THE THIRD MAN see what kind of gay lover Orson makes. ;)

Also, yeah, that scene with the little old lady is pretty striking. I think the scene where the town is herded into the church and the German paratroopers are addressing them is pretty great. The use of shadows in that church are unmistakably something Greene is preoccupied by.

Posted by Simon Abrams on 06/21/2009 at 9:58 AM

Re: “The Inessential Graham Greene

An excellent article. I especially liked your description of WENT THE DAY WELL? as "a parable about the necessity of constant vigilance in the face of illusory domestic tranquility" (with that in mind, I begin to see John Milius' RED DAWN as a variation on Greene). What I remember most strongly from the movie (I saw it more than five years ago, so correct me if I'm wrong), is the semi-horror scene of a quaint old lady reaching for an axe. That's one of the very few instances of sadistic complicity with a character to have entered Greeneland (that I can think of).

For me, the movies based on Greene's prose are mostly about rejection and self-pity; they rehabilitate the latter as a valid form of self-knowledge. Holly Martins gets rejected and/or betrayed by Valli (straight lover figure) & Welles (gay lover figure) & Howard (father figure) in THE THIRD MAN; the little boy gets rejected and betrayed by Ralph Richardson (both father & lover figure) in THE FALLEN IDOL, and Thomas Fowler gets rejected by his lover in THE QUIET AMERICAN. The way all these characters despair after realizing their abandonment has always seemed to me a potent metaphor of a religious mind at war with itself: that's what happens when someone truly devout no longer finds the religious impulse they have relied on forever in their lives.

Posted by Michal Oleszczyk on 06/20/2009 at 8:34 AM

Re: “A Decade Under the BAMfluence

BAM ROCKS!! Can't they have mini-Bams in other nabes. I wanna get an apple in the middle of the next David Gordon Greer release.

Posted by El Guapo on 06/17/2009 at 12:04 PM

Re: “The Cinephile Hunt on YouTube and Beyond

If you try google video you can see more movies that just by looking at youtube. I was able to see "Taipei Story" and Lubitsch's "Angel" from this Asian website, which had the disadvantage of moving very slowly with lots of stops. You would have to let the show play on without you watching and then watch it again. Anyway, if anyone could direct me how to see Douglas Sirk's "There's Always Tomorrow" or Ophuls' "The Reckless Moment" I would very much appreciate it.

Posted by partisan on 05/23/2009 at 5:40 PM

Re: “The Cinephile Hunt on YouTube and Beyond

One can watch full screen without having to download just adjust on the bottom right second from the corner.
If you have a large flatscreen and are watching in HQ than it could be just like at the movies perhaps with a similar effect of the old reel-reel. Old propaganda and antepropaganda films are very interesting. Old flicks exposing conspiracy within societies with secrets and stuff like that. Where can I find New World Order. I watched Obama Deception recently on You Tube...they had it on Google vid but not in HQ. I'm interested in Finding Conspiracy of Silence a Discovery Channel which never made the air though it was advertised in the tv guide because big brother paid a hefty ransom not to play it. Its rumored to be on the web and I would like to see this obscure documentary about little boys pimped to politians, drugged and flown to D.C. for pedophilia on Capitol Hill and the Whitehouse. Hunter S. Thomson is believed to have been suicided for speaking at Harvard, among other places, about the matter.
America Freedom to Fascism by Arron Russo is available free on Google vid and I even paid for random peoples' tickets in Austin because I was so amazed. I would love to find any old films with similar content and open source movies with similar content.

Posted by Happy Brave Magdalen on 05/22/2009 at 10:59 PM

Re: “The Cinephile Hunt on YouTube and Beyond

I like Saturday night on PBS, but it seems like "Inherit the Wind" is always on. "People Will Talk" is a great picture, and on DVD.

Anyway, The Fox Movie Channel, tucked away in the nether regions of Time Warner's many channels, often shows many forgotten films from their archives--stuff Videohound never even heard of! But that's TV, not internet; so, sorry.

Posted by henry on 05/22/2009 at 11:49 AM

Re: “The Cinephile Hunt on YouTube and Beyond

I managed to see Cary Grant's fascinating first film, "This is the Night" on YouTube. Roland Young is actually the leading man, and Grant is the supporting player---it's a Paramount movie---was really great to see.

Posted by dannyboy143744a on 05/20/2009 at 5:19 PM

Re: “The Cinephile Hunt on YouTube and Beyond

Saturday nights on PBS you can also see some films outside the obvious-- last week was this weird Cary Grant film-- People Will Talk. I have a kid. I am excused?

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Posted by El Guapo on 05/18/2009 at 4:25 PM

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