Do you know the biggest sin of the new Halloween? It’s just not scary. And that’s one thing you could never say about the original.
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An interview with director Carl Franklin, on the occasion of his film "One False Move" receiving a special presentation at Chicago's upcoming Noir City festival.
An article about Steve James, the American Film Institute's 2018 Guggenheim Honoree .
On two excellent Criterion releases of classic horror films.
An obituary for the late Tom Petty.
An in-depth look at an ambitious retrospective at NYC's Film Society of Lincoln Center that celebrates one of cinema's greatest years.
Scout Tafoya's video essay series about maligned masterworks revisits Jonathan Demme's "Beloved."
Maria Dragus on "Graduation"; Phyllis Diller at the Smithsonian; Cinema's obsession with cyberpunk; Joy of "Sandy Wexler"; 10 real laws straight out of "The Handmaid's Tale."
An interview with Nanfu Wang, director of "I Am Another You" and "Hooligan Sparrow," at Hot Docs 2017.
A tribute to Debra Winger, on the occasion of her first leading role in over 20 years in this week's "The Lovers."
The staff pays tribute to Jonathan Demme.
A report from Knoxville's fascinating Big Ears Festival.
A review of FOX's "Shots Fired," premiering March 22 at 8/7c.
One of the most audacious American films from the 1960s is now available via the Criterion Collection.
A dispatch from TIFF of three under-the-radar films worthy of attention.
A preview of the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival.
The first films announced for the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival.
Legendary actress talks about her acting career and making films with Jean-Luc Godard.
An interview with "Cult Movies" author Danny Peary.
An appreciation of Jonathan Demme's "The Silence of the Lambs" on its 25th anniversary.
A review of the Hulu eight-part event series adaptation of Stephen King's bestselling book.
An interview with writer/director/editor Stephen Cone about "Henry Gamble's Birthday Party."
An interview with Wallace Shawn and André Gregory.
A preview of dozens of films being released this Summer.
UPDATED (08/01/12): Scroll to the bottom of this entry to see my first impressions of the newly announced critics' and directors' poll results.
Vittorio De Sica's "Bicycle Thieves" (1948) topped the first Sight & Sound critics' poll in 1952, only four years after it was first released, dropped to #7 in 1962, and then disappeared from the top ten never to be seen again. (In 2002 only five of the 145 participating critics voted for it.) Orson Welles' "Citizen Kane" (1941) flopped in its initial release but was rediscovered in the 1950s after RKO licensed its films to television in 1956. From 1962 to 2002 "Kane" has remained at the top of the poll (46 critics voted for it last time). This year, a whopping 846 top-ten ballots (mentioning 2,045 different titles) were counted, solicited from international "critics, programmers, academics, distributors, writers and other cinephiles" -- including bloggers and other online-only writers. Sight & Sound has announced it will live-tweet the 2012 "Top 50 Greatest Films of All Time" (@SightSoundmag #sightsoundpoll) August 1, and as I write this the night before, I of course don't know the results. But, for now at least, I'm more interested in the process.
Given the much wider and younger selection of voters in 2012, ist-watchers have been speculating: Will another movie (leading candidate: Alfred Hitchcock's "Vertigo," number 2 in 2002) supplant "Kane" at the top of the list? Will there be any silent films in the top 10? (Eisenstein's "Battleship Potemkin" and Murnau's "Sunrise" tied for #7 on the 2002 list, but the latter was released in 1927 with a Fox Movietone sound-on-film musical score and sound effects.)
Though there's been no rule about how much time should pass between a film's initial release and its eligibility (the Library of Congress's National Film Registry requires that selections be at least ten years old), most of the selections ten to have stood the test of time for at least a decade or two. The newest film on the 2002 list was the combination of "The Godfather" (1972) and "The Godfather, Part II" (1974) -- but they won't be allowed to count as one title for 2012.
Los Angeles is a behemoth or, better, an octopus, with tentacles stretching 468.67 square miles, a fact that shocked me when I moved here in 1990. That meant that it was bigger than the distance consumed by driving to and from Chicago from my hometown, Kewanee (150 miles southwest), and back again. I soon realized that one could easily live an entire lifetime in Los Angeles and never see it all. This also meant that so much was always going on, including really desirable events, many of which would most certainly be missed.