Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Good news for everyone who's sick of the James Taylor video

Morning, folks! Did you miss me? I’m sure you’ve all wondered what I’ve been up to lately that was more important than posting here. Truth is, I haven’t been myself lately. I couldn’t put my finger on what was wrong until yesterday, when I remembered that I hadn’t bought a DVD in over a month. Obviously, that really isn’t like me, so I promptly remedied the situation by running out and purchasing this:

I know- it’s not the kind of thing I usually go for. But there was actually a reason for this purchase. I’m not a huge fan of it myself, but it was a gift for my girlfriend and her son.

Yup. As Albert Brooks said in Broadcast News, “How do you like that? I buried the lead.”

Yes, recently I’ve found myself in a wonderful relationship with a lovely woman named Angela. It’s been too damn long since I’ve been this happy, either with myself or someone else. So I hope you’ll forgive me for being delinquent in my duties on this blog. Between Angela and work and Screengrab and Angela’s son and keeping up with new movies and Angela, something’s got to give. But I’m great, in case you’ve been worried. Pretty damn great, actually.

Moving on to other DVD news that you probably already knew about, here are the newly-announced Criterions for August:

First off is a new pressing of Salo, for the benefit of those of us who missed the three-hour window for it the first time around and couldn’t make it to the local indie video store before some punk decided to steal their copy. Not that I’m bitter or anything.

Continuing Criterion’s commitment to the Archers, here’s probably the best-known Powell/Pressburger film I haven’t yet seen. I love these guys (though certainly not as much as Donna) so I’m stoked to get a chance to finally see this one.

This one’s new to me, but I’m sure I’ll rent it. Hell, since it’s Criterion I’ll give it a spin on general principle.

This may be the most intriguing of all the August releases. I wasn’t a big fan of the movie, but it should be worth the price simply for the dazzling array of announced narration tracks- Isabella Rossellini, Crispin Glover, Eli Wallach, Laurie Anderson, and more.

Finally, the best Criterion-related news I’ve gotten lately is this month’s animated riddle. A month after I wished Max Ophüls would finally get some Criterion love, I found this in my e-Mail:

Ask and ye shall receive in my opinion. Now maybe they can get around to releasing some high-quality versions of Jacques Rivette films. Hint, hint.

That’s all there is for now. I’ll do my best to keep this regularly updated in the future, but I make no promises. Please try to understand.


Scott W. Black said...

Good for you, my friend. :-)

Steve said...

Any absence is totally understood, of course.

Dude, I can see you glowing through the screen. It's pretty cool.

A said...

Oh, man. I didn't even get a false name in interest of protecting the innocent.

Don't worry, avid readers, I won't let him stray too far from his writing obligations.

Jeff McMahon said...

Great news on the Ophuls front, I just saw Earrings and Unknown Woman a couple of months ago and they were terrific.

Kza said...

1. Congratulations! I'm very happy for you.

2. THE SMALL BACK ROOM -- I saw this several years ago with Heyrocker, and thought it was a bit slight. (This was in the middle of a P&P retro.) Now, I'm thinking its slightness is one of its better qualities; it's pleasingly small. I certainly can't imagine Hollywood making a drama about people defusing bombs without ENGLISH PATIENTing it into 3 hours.

cjKennedy said...

Fine, you're off having a life and being happy and here I am watching that James Taylor video 4700 times in a row.


(seriously though, congrats on the joy and whatnot)

Victor said...

How about you show the fair lady SALO ... y'know ... to impress her with your refined and culturaled cinematical tastes?

Or better yet ... show it to the kid ...

Jason_alley2 said...

Congrats dude - totally happy for you.

And thanks for the consideration, "a" - welcome!

Paul C. said...

Thanks, everybody! I actually wanted to post about her before, but I didn't just want it to seem like I was bragging. Although if you knew her, you'd understand how that might be difficult...

Victor~~ Yeah, I don't think that'd fly. I wouldn't subject her to SALO sight unseen- or sight seen, for that matter. Mostly, it's a film I feel I should watch sooner or later, not something I anticipate becoming a fan of once I've seen it.

Jeff~~ I finally saw LETTER a few months ago and it blew my mind. That's what prompted my recent hope for more Ophuls on DVD. What a stunning film.

A (if that IS your real name)~~ who you callin' innocent? ;-)

Hedwig said...

Hey, feel free to brag, having a life AND a blog, well, I know firsthand that it's a tricky thing to do, but somehow I think you'll manage ;-) So, good for you, welcome A, and thank god the James Tayler post is no longer on top!

Also, shameful confession: I've actually never seen anything by Ophuls... On the bright side, I'll no longer be a student starting this September, and hopefully that means I'll actually be able to afford Criterion DVDs before too long.

Jason_alley2 said...

"Salo" is actually a hell of a movie (literally).

I was one of the four or so people who were able to rent the first Criterion release on Netflix years ago, and I remember being extremely shaken by it. I even watched it twice! (I try not to think about what that says about me, haha)

A said...

Thank you all for your warm welcome on behalf of myself and my Offspring. We are happy to be included in this blog and in PC's life; However, I must admit that my taste in films is not as sophisticated as some. I'm a literature buff, myself. Buy Hey, there is always room for growth!

Once again, thanks all!

Jason_alley2 said...

Literature, schmiterature!

Michael said...

Congrats, JER! To counter Victor's comment, the kid might enjoy The Red Balloon a bit more...

Hope you're doing well!