Monday, August 1, 2011

For your consideration — "Summertime and the livin' is easy" edition

Ebert Presents: 2011 Midyear Review: Roger Ebert2011 Midyear Review: Christy and Ignatiy2011 Worst Movies So Far: Christy and Ignatiy2011 Worst Movies So Far: Roger Ebert

With greater detail and deliberation, Sergio Leone and the Infield Fly Rule offers up The SLIFR 2011 Movie Midterm Report......The Journey So Far

HuffPo: Venice Film Festival Announces Full Lineup: Our Most Anticipated Picks

Top10Films: Top 10 Quietly Important Films — Although my annoyance at "Top x" lists like this is on record, this is well-considered, interesting piece that includes some obscure, far-from-obvious selections. Could use a copyeditor, though.

Slate: The Six Best Planet of the Apes Parodies Ever — "Dr. Zaius! Dr. Zaius!" is the new "The Girl from Ipanema."  

Hollywood Reporter: Hollywood's First Digital Christmas to Cause Pain — Just last night Elizabeth and I were saying that discs, or at least big box sets, would probably be few on the Christmas lists this year, given the new options available.

Parallax View: Professor Bob’s Least Favorite Movie Clichés Scientists identify saddest movie ever — Really? Over Grave of the Fireflies? At The Smithsonian, Richard Chin goes deeper.

While we're at The SmithsonianNASA Picks Best & Worst Sci-Fi Movies. What Are Yours?

Mythical Monkey: Cary Grant Has a Cold — Says MM in the comments: "I started with the title, from the Esquire piece about Frank Sinatra, and Cary Grant's real life quote about Irene Dunne being the 'sweetest smelling actress' he'd ever worked with, which always struck me as a charmingly oddball comment. Then I just put the two together -- what if a man who loves the scent of a woman has a cold? He can't indulge his fetish, which leads to a loss of identity, which leads to a crisis of confidence."

io9: 10 Quotes that Prove Guillermo del Toro is the Most Outrageous Horror Director Alive