Saturday, November 07, 2020

Around the Blogosphere This Week

Miscellaneous bits of news and fun stuff from around the internet... 

...The annual November half-price Criterion Collection sale has begun at Barnes & Noble.  The sale runs through November 30th.  The recent THE WAR OF THE WORLDS (1953) release, with plentiful extras, would make a great Christmas gift.

...Last week I mentioned an upcoming virtual edition of the Noir City "International" Film Festival, hosted by the AFI in Maryland from November 13-29.  The schedule has now been posted.  All films will have video intros by Eddie Muller.  Tickets may be purchased for the entire series or individual films.  I caught THE DEVIL STRIKES AT NIGHT (1957), directed by Robert Siodmak, a few days before everything shut down in March.

...In January I mentioned enjoying the Netflix original documentary series THE TACO CHRONICLES.  A second season dropped a couple months ago, and it's just as good as Season 1.  A trailer is here.

...Movies continue to be pulled off the theatrical release calendar.  DEATH ON THE NILE (2020), directed by Kenneth Branagh, was due to arrive in theaters December 18th.  It's now been postponed indefinitely.  The big remaining question is whether or not WONDER WOMAN 1984 (2020) will open as scheduled on Christmas Day.  If it doesn't, I suspect some theaters closing permanently will become a reality.

...Kim Luperi of the blog I See a Dark Theater has paid tribute to Ann Rutherford for the TCM Tumblr page.

...Over at A Classic Movie Blog, KC reviews the recent Warner Archive Blu-ray release of Doris Day in ROMANCE ON THE HIGH SEAS (1948).  I enjoyed her description of how Doris's character and star persona evolve over the course of the movie.  My own review of the Blu-ray is here.

...Later today I'll be enjoying a virtual presentation by the Walt Disney Family Museum, "Holiday Magic at the Disney Parks."  The new book is very impressive.

...A new Ella Fitzgerald CD: Ella: The Lost Berlin Tapes.  Here's more info from Jazz Profiles.

...There are more interesting releases coming from Kino Lorber early in 2021: February 9th brings WINGS OF THE HAWK (1953), starring Van Heflin and Julie Adams.  It includes a commentary track by Jeremy Arnold and a supplemental commentary on the film's 3D history from Mike Ballew.  March 2nd is the release date of NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH (1941), which reunited Bob Hope and Paulette Goddard.  I recently reviewed Kino Lorber's releases of Hope and Goddard's THE CAT AND THE CANARY (1939) and THE GHOST BREAKERS (1940).  Simon Abrams contributes a commentary for NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH.

 ...For additional recent links of interest to classic film fans, please check out my October 31st roundup.

 Have a great week!


Blogger Caftan Woman said...

New Ella, and a Hope and Goddard movie I only saw once. Nice!

1:13 PM  
Blogger Laura said...


Ella is currently flagged for me to purchase by Christmas!

Best wishes,

11:14 PM  

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