Release the “Clowns”

I never thought I’d get to see “The Day The Clown Cried,” which will probably stand as Jerry Lewis’ second or third most famous movie despite the fact that it’s never been released. I also never thought I’d get to see a commentary or documentary that treated the movie with as much dignity and respect…

The Awakening

You didn’t beat me. Do you hear that, Internet?! I’ve won. I have seen “The Force Awakens” without you spoiling anything about it that wasn’t in the very first teaser trailer. Yes, I’m gloating. I’m entitled, don’t you think? You are an immense global machine with far more funding and manpower than I. You marshaled hundreds of thousands, if not millions,…

The Q&A with Jeff Goldsmith: Steve Jobs Q&A

The Q&A with Jeff Goldsmith: Steve Jobs Q&A Via The Q&A Podcast. I listened to Jeff Goldsmith’s onstage interview with Aaron Sorkin, which he conducted after a screening of “Steve Jobs.” I haven’t seen the movie yet, but I sure intend to. Any movie written by Sorkin is worth my attention, and the fact that…

The Birdman, starring Michael Keaton

One hell of a strong trailer for the upcoming Michael Keaton film “Birdman.” I’ve no idea what kind of movie this is, mind you. Is this, like, “The Wrestler,” if the lead character were a former A-list movie star instead of a former star wrestler? “Sideways,” only with fame instead of booze? Like that Marvel…

Mel Brooks on “Blazing Saddles”

“Entertainment Weekly” has a nice interview with Brooks on the funniest film he ever made (which shortlists it as The Funniest Film Of All Time). It’s worth reading and recommending, and I wanted to make damned sure that even if you didn’t click through to it you saw this quote: [blockquote] In comedy, the rule…

Elmer Bernstein: “The Devil’s Concerto” (Amazon Advent Calendar Day 2)

The Devil’s Concerto Elmer Bernstein Bernard Hermann Film Scores Genre: Soundtracks Clearly, I have a big decision to make for Friday. My first two tracks in the Advent Calendar invoke the name of the Dark One right in the title. If I do that a third day in a row — and I do indeed…

Free (good) movie! “Jedi Junkies”

Watch it while you can: DailyMotion has a 72-minute documentary about Star Wars fandom available for streaming until the 27th. I think that means if you’re watching it at 11:59:59 PM on Wednesday and the segment about the woman who belly dances in a Slave Leia costume is just starting…you’re really going to wish you’d…

OscarBlog 2010: The Pause Of Inference

12:31:54 AM Taking a bit of a break before editing some of this and adding my final comments. As in, drinking another Dr. Pepper and enjoying the episode of “Amazing Race” that I missed. (Am also, incidentally, tweaking the script that powers this liveblog. It’s worth taking a few minutes to wring the Suck out…