I've been long overdue with my sometimes regular community service of offering up great links for you to read, so prepare yourselves. I've been somewhat remiss in blog housekeeping over the past fortnight so I'm heading off to do some reading, join me.
Although a few shows have already premiered, this week marks the official return of network television's new season. The finest drama on network TV and one of the finest in ALL TV returns on Sunday, CBS' The Good Wife.
LINK Who's ready for Kalinda's return?
Nick (Cinema Romantico, Anomalous Material) takes a look at the often poorly remembered, but nonetheless sharp Duplicity - a very good romantic comedy/thriller from Tony Gilroy and one of my top 15 from 2009. LINK The film also boasts a top notch turn from Julia Roberts and although I love my Actress lineup of Cornish, Mulligan, Pfeiffer, Ronan, Wright in retrospect she might replace Wright or Ronan on that list.
Paolo (Okinawa Assault Incident) has this great thing he does over at his tumblr where he compares similar shots from starkly different films. I don't know how he finds time to be so discerning but here are four of my favourites: Close Encounters of the Third Kind and The Piano LINK In the Name of the Father and Dead Man Walking LINK The Silence of the Lambs and The Remains of the Day LINK The Insider and The Tree of Life LINK
I was one of the few bloggers championing Oliver Stone's cooly received Savages, it's one of the better films I've seen for the year. Craig (darkeyesocket) is not a big fan but I still like so much of his review, especially his choice for the film's finest scenes. LINK This Hayek's movie, folks. I don't know why she's not getting the plaudits that, say, McConaughey is getting for similarly excessively larger-than-life work in Magic Mike.
With the news that Iran will be boycotting next year's Oscars it means they will not be defending their Foreign Language title. Amir (Amiresque) is, of course, a bit put out by it. LINK
LINK My favourite album of the year is probably either the Revival Recording of Porgy and Bess or the Original Cast Recording of Bonnie & Clyde, for actual commercial music fun.'s Some Nights is an easy winner.
In the Blindspot series some bloggers take a look at older films which have evaded them. CS (Big Thoughts From a Small Mind) takes a look at The Battle of Algiers LINK Andreas (Pussy Goes Grrr) uncovers Dr. Mabuse the Gambler LINK and Ryan (The Matinee), the host, reviews Touch of Evil LINK
Jessica (The Velvet Café ) finds All About Eve (one of my favourite films) still relevant, today. LINK And, but of course. 1950 was a great year for film, but boy Mankiewicz's film towers above them all for me.
Ruth (FlixChatter) remembers the life of Christopher Reeves by naming her five favourite films with him. LINK Being the Merchant Ivory fanatic that I am, who is surprised that The Remains of the Day is my favourite? No one, I'm sure.
LINK That score is irresistible.
Michael (Serious Film) asked a question over at The Film Experience, which films improve on repeat viewings? Not the ones you loved, but love even more on subsequent viewings....the ones you didn't care for but then grow to appreciate over time? LINK I swear, I'm still scratching my head trying to think of one, but you go answer in the interim...
It's been a whiiiiiiile since I've done a Scene on a Sunday piece, but Yojimbo (Let's Not Talk About Movies) is regular with his "Don't Make a Scene" pieces. The most recent pick? Moonstruck. LINK
And this one is an oldie, but if you know this blog you'll know I'm always at the ready to include a nod for all things Titanic. It's why I get along so well with Nick. He was musing on an issue that often comes up with Titanic doubters, that fateful post-sinking decision for only Rose to remain on that all-important board thus leading to deaths and whatnot. James Cameron addressed the issue recently, which makes me half amused and half elated. LINK And, naturally, Nick is as pleased as I.
All fourteen of these fine bloggers were VERY helpful in making that ongoing Essential Performances of the 90s Project a reality in its initial stage. The semi-final polls closed earlier today HERE, and the poll for the finals goes up tomorrow. I've VERY surprised (but, happy) that it's a female / female finale with two redheads. True, I'd have loved a redhead showdown with Susan Sarandon in it, but this is a fine pair.
Now, go perform your own blogger civic duty and go read.