Monthly Archives: October 2012

Books on Film: Silhouettes From Pop Culture

This book is way too cool. It’s a collection of Victorian-style silhouettes made by artist Olly Moss of, you guessed it, famous characters from 20th century pop culture.

The subjects range from classic cinema to cartoons to cult cinema to television to contemporary cinema. There are even a few that I couldn’t recognize, which is fun as well as frustrating because the book doesn’t come with a guide, so if you can’t guess who the silhouette is of, you are out of luck. I’ve created a gallery of some of my favorites, but it’s only a fracture of what’s in store for you with this great book.

Disclaimer: This review is based on a review copy given to me by Titan Books, though the opinions are all my own.

Movie Quote of the Day – Uncle Buck, 1989 (dir. John Hughes)

Buck Russell: I don’t think I want to know a six-year-old who isn’t a dreamer, or a sillyheart. And I sure don’t want to know one who takes their student career seriously. I don’t have a college degree. I don’t even have a job. But I know a good kid when I see one. Because they’re ALL good kids, until dried-out, brain-dead skags like you drag them down and convince them they’re no good. You so much as scowl at my niece, or any other kid in this school, and I hear about it, and I’m coming looking for you! Take this quarter, go downtown, and have a rat gnaw that thing off your face! Good day to you, madam.

Books on Film: Lew Ayres Hollywood’s Conscientious Objector

This isn’t actually a review. It’s just me being excited because I wrote the foreword to this book and I just got my contributor’s copies and I want to share it with y’all. Please, pre-order a copy here; you’ll love it!

Movie Quote of the Day – Au revoir les enfants, 1987 (dir. Louis Malle)

Julien Quentin: You scared?
Jean Bonnet: All the time.

Oscar Vault Monday – The Exorcist, 1973 (dir. William Friedkin)

My mother wouldn’t let me see this movie when I was a kid. She did, however, give the local rental store permission to allow me to rent rated R films. This was mostly for action pictures and such. One time, when I was about twelve years old, I went to the rental store with my friend Tiffany to rent movies for her birthday party and we all wanted to see The Exorcist, but it was rated R. Needless to say, I rented it for her. We watched it. It scared the shit out of us. My mother found out that I rented it and was very angry. That was my first experience with the movie. I didn’t see it again until I was 18 and I went to see it as a midnight movie the night before Halloween. That was one of the worst decisions I ever made in college. So many nightmare that night. I’d only seen it those two times, so I decided to rewatch it again in order to write about it now. After the cut are my thoughts. The film became the first horror film to be nominated for Best Picture, racking up 10 Academy Award nominations, winning two: Best Sound (won), Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Film Editing, Best Adapted Screenplay (won), Best Supporting Actor Jason Miller, Best Supporting Actress Linda Blair, Best Actress Ellen Burstyn, Best Director William Friedkin and Best Picture. The other films nominated for Best Picture that year were: American Graffiti, Cries and Whispers, A Touch of Class and winner The Sting.

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Movie Quote of the Day – Mermaids, 1990 (dir. Richard Benjamin)

Charlotte Flax: [voice over] Oh, I’m going to hell for sure. Here he is, talking about his dead mother and I can’t help wishing his hands were unbuttoning my dress!

Movie Quote of the Day – The Bride of Frankenstein, 1935 (dir. James Whale)

The Monster: We belong dead!

Movie Quote of the Day – The Little Foxes, 1941 (dir. William Wyler)

Regina Giddens: I hope you die. I hope you die soon. I’ll be waiting for you to die.

Movie Quote of the Day – Napoleon Dynamite, 2004 (dir. Jared Hess)

Kid on the Bus: What are you gonna do today, Napoleon?
Napoleon Dynamite: Whatever I feel like I wanna do. Gosh!

Movie Quote of the Day – Sweet Bird of Youth, 1962 (dir. Richard Brooks)

Chance Wayne: I like you. You are a nice monster.
Alexandra Del Lago: [laughs] I was born a monster. And you?