Since Omar has stopped writing his “Movies This Week” entries, I am shamelessly stealing the concept. (Sorry, Omar. If you start writing them again, I’ll stop.)
Mine aren’t going to be nearly as funny, though, because I’m not automatically funny the way Omar is. Also, I am including movies that will be shown in Austinnot just new movies, but revival/retrospective stuff that I think is noteworthy.
And I don’t get to see any of these movies in advance like Omar did, so I have to write about stuff I haven’t seen, which is tricky. We’ll see how well this works.
Continue reading movies this week: a new hope
So, okay, I can think of about 100 movies that I want to rent or own on DVD and that aren’t available in this country. What can I do about it? What can you do about it, if you want to see any of these movies?
Continue reading twenty DVD gaps: trying to fill them
Twenty Gaps in the Region 1 DVD Market (continued from here)
11. Swimming to Cambodia (1987)”It was the first day off in a long time …” A Region 1 DVD is available in Canada but not in the US. I bet a lot of people would like to watch this movie again following Spalding Gray’s death earlier this year, to remember what a wonderful storyteller he was.
Continue reading twenty DVD gaps: part two
We love to videotape and film things because we get the impression that film is forever. We sure do have the advantage over previous centuries, we think, because we can capture moments and performances and great things on film. We think film will last foreverthat we can always go back and see such-and-such film that we love.
We forget that film and video are not stable media, that they can degrade and crumble and die. We forget that companies often hold the rights to our favorite movie and those companies can whisk that videotape or DVD out of print in a minute, making it terribly difficult for you to see your favorite movie ever again.
Yes, we have digital media now and that’s wonderful. DVDs can last a lot longer than videotapes (if you don’t scratch or dirty them, that is). But so many movies still aren’t available on DVD, and their VHS versions are out of print, and you have to have a very good arthouse or revival theater in your neighborhood if you want to watch them. (Or you can throw yourself on the tender mercies of cable TV.) The quality of these remaining theater prints, and cable TV prints, is often terrible and you have to suffer through tons of splices and gaps.
Continue reading twenty DVD gaps: part one
I saw Stage Door for about the ninety-gazillionth time on Wednesday night. However, it was the first time I’d seen it in a theater. The movie isn’t available on DVD (like so many other movies I’d like to watch repeatedly) and the copy I videotaped from cable years and years ago is in such awful shape now that I can’t even watch it, much less inflict it upon others.
Continue reading those pesky calla lillies
Y’all just excuse me a minute while I jump up and down and make little squeaky happy noises.
Because the Paramount Theatre summer film schedule is out, and despite a sad lack of Peckinpah movies, this is some of the best film programming they have done in years. I am very pleased at the number of movies they are showing that are currently not available on DVD (and are damn hard to find even on VHS). I am also pleased at the films they are showing that need a big theater screen or a large audience, in order to truly shine.
Continue reading summer film squealing
So once again SXSW is over and I didn’t see a single movie. Hell, someone offered me free tickets and I still didn’t go to any of the many fine movies offered by the SXSW film festival.
Somehow I couldn’t muster much interest in the film selection that SXSW had this year. I’m sure the films were excellent, and I heard lots of good things about them, but I can only watch so many Quirky Documentaries, or Angry Independent Films, or Films That Question Your Beliefs, or Low-Budget Films with Mediocre Acting. I still have a long, long list of movies I want to see much more than those, movies like I’m No Angel and Treasure of the Sierra Madre and Gunga Din (which isn’t on DVD) and so forth.
Continue reading theater entropy
All right. By popular demand (or by Ms. Pooks asking nicely … some days it doesn’t take a lot to qualify as popular demand), I will tell you exactly which “sappy romantic comedy” films I saw over the Thanksgiving holiday, as I mentioned in my previous entry.
Continue reading playing in the background
Is it just me, or a lot of everyone’s “favorite” Christmas movies totally sexist? Or at least patronizing to women?
Continue reading the most wonderful (patriarchal) time of the year