3 items from 2016
I’ve been back from my Oregon vacation for a couple of weeks now, and though the getaway was a good and necessary one, I’m still in the process of mentally unpacking from a week and a half of relaxing and thinking mostly only about things I wanted to think about. (I also discovered a blackberry cider brewed in the region, the source of a specific sort of relaxation that I’m still finding myself pining for.) It hasn’t helped that our time off and immediate time back coincided with the bombast and general insanity of the Republic National Convention, followed immediately by the disarray and sense of restored hope that bookended the Democrats’ week-long party. The extremity of emotions engendered by those two events, coupled with a profoundly unsettling worry over the base level of our current political discourse and where it may lead this country, hasn »
- Dennis Cozzalio
A complicated curiosity about a reclusive actress.
Two of the most intriguing characters in Robert Altman’s Nashville are Tricycle Man and L.A. Joan. When considered together, it’s a wonder Shelley Duvall didn’t wind up becoming the female equivalent of Jeff Goldblum. She should have had a long career playing eccentric but charismatic women, just as he has done (in male roles). But that kind of thing works out better for actors than actresses. So instead, he wound up starring in movies where he fought fictional aliens, and she wound up a recluse gossiped to be living in fear of aliens that are in her body.
It’s been a while since I thought a lot about Duvall, outside of regularly enjoying her in many of Altman’s films, including 3 Women and Popeye, plus Annie Hall, Roxanne, and of course The Shining. I hadn’t seen her in anything new in forever, but »
- Christopher Campbell
Robert Altman's McCabe & Mrs. Miller marked a turning point in cinema. Arriving after the commercial success of Mash and the bizarre noodling of Brewster McCloud, Altman's 1971 classic elevated muffled dialogue and the dirty authenticity of Vilmos Zsigmond's photography to fine art, resurrecting the American Western from the realm of exhausted genres. But it's never looked, er, exceptional, either on the big screen or on home video. Can the Criterion Collection save the day? Featuring a new 4K digital restoration, McCabe & Mrs. Miller leads a strong slate of releases from the Criterion Collection in August. Two films by Orson Welles will make their U.S. debut on home video. I missed the restoration of Chimes at Midnight during its recent theatrical run, but reviews...
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3 items from 2016
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