I do own a calendar and I occasionally look at it, so I acknowledge the fact that we’re still in September, but as soon as the weather even starts to cool off (as it did today), I can’t help thinking about horror movies.
Baby It’s You (1983)
Directed by John Sayles
Produced by Robert F. Colesberry, Griffin Dunne, Amy Robinson
Written by Amy Robinson
Screenplay by John Sayles
Cinematography by Michael Ballhaus
Edited by Sonya Polonsky
Olive Films DVD (library)
Rated R for language, nudity
John Sayles isn’t about typical. He isn’t about routine, either, and although Baby It’s You was his first film to be backed by a major studio (and his third overall), it’s far from just another conventional high school love story.
It’s rare that Derek and I talk on The Comics Alternative Podcast about comics we don’t like, but it may be rarer still for us to talk about three comics that we really, really liked. I can safely say that all three of the titles we discussed on the most recent episode of the podcast are all very good. I hope you’ll check out the show and the comics themselves.
Nanjing: The Burning City – Ethan Young (Dark Horse)
Plutona #1 – Jeff Lemire, Emi Lenox, Jordie Bellaire (Image)
Lose # 7 – Michael DeForge (Koyama)
Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Collection
14 films on 5 Blu-ray discs
Try this experiment: ask most people who they think of when they hear the words “Sherlock Holmes actors” and they’ll likely say Benedict Cumberbatch. You might get a few Robert Downey Jr.s here and there, but more than likely, it’ll be Cumberbatch, and understandably so: the BBC’s Sherlock is an excellent series. But if you could go back in time and conduct your experiment between 1940 and 1985, there would be only one answer: Basil Rathbone.
Stop Making Sense (1984)
Directed by Jonathan Demme
Produced by Gary Goetzman, Gary Kurfirst
Written by Talking Heads, Jonathan Demme
Cinematography by Jordan Cronenweth
Edited by Lisa Day
Palm Pictures Blu-ray
David Byrne – vocals, guitar
Chris Franz – drums
Tina Weymouth – bass
Jerry Harrison – keyboards, guitar
(originally posted August 9, 2007)
“Try a Little Tenderness” by Otis Redding (1966)
Written by Jimmy Campbell, Reg Connelly and Harry M. Woods
By the time Otis Redding was cajoled into recording “Try a Little Tenderness,” it had already been recorded by Sam Cooke, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, and even Bing Crosby. The song, after all, had been around since the 1930s, but Redding’s manager Phil Walden thought it would be a good “weeping ballad” for Otis in 1966.
Last week the guys over at Criterion Cast reported that the Vincent Price Collection Blu-ray Volume I from Shout Factory was rapidly going out of print and now is out of print. That set stirred my interest when it was released in 2013, but I never picked it up, waiting for the price to drop just a little lower… And now you can’t get it for under $150 or so. The Criterion Cast also reported that Shout Factory has lost the rights to distribute the films as a set, although individual title releases may be a possibility. (The second volume of Vincent Price films, however, seems to be available for the near future.)