Movie Geek Alert: The estimable Cinema Viewfinder is hosting a learned blog-a-thon on the movies of Brian De Palma, with excellent contributions from the likes of Glenn Kenny, Ratnakar Sadasyula and Chris Voss. Few filmmakers polarize filmlovers like De Palma, whose love-'em-or-hate'em features include the marrow-chilling Sisters (1972) and the definitive high-school horror flick Carrie (1976). The director, a bearded barrel of a man, grew up near Philadelphia's Rittenhouse Square (his father was the head of surgery at Jefferson Hospital) and attended Friends Central. De Palma directed Blow Out (1981), one of the best movies made in Philly, the addictively enjoyable Scarface (1983), the provocative peeping-Tomcat Body Double (1984), that slickly entertaining The Untouchables (1987) one of the most compelling among Vietnam films, Casualties of War (1989) and the stylish Mission: Impossible (1996). Though he hasn't scored a mainstream hit since then, Femme Fatale (2002) is one of my guilty pleasures, an impossibly sexy dreamscape with Rebecca Romijn-Stamos and Antonio Banderas... Read more here.As we discuss the controversial director who is the subject of this Blog-A-Thon, I want to take time out to thank Ms. Rickey and all of the people who have helped promote this event and made it quite a success: Jim Emerson at Scanners Fox at Tractor Facts J.D. Lafrance at Radiator Heaven Joseph "Jon" Lanthier at Decisions at Sundown Jeremy Richey at Moon in the Gutter Iain Stott at The One-Line Review T.S. at Screen Savour Ibe Tolis at Film for the Soul Bob Turnbull at Eternal Sunshine of the Logical Mind And special thanks to these folks who took time out to post on the Blog-A-Thon at their own blogs: Jason Bellamy at The Cooler Geoff Beran at De Palma A La Mod Dennis Cozzalio at Sergio Leone and the Infield Fly Rule FilmDr at The Film Doctor Fletch at Blog Cabins and The LAMB James Hansen and the fellas at Out 1 David Hudson at The Auteurs Daily Glenn Kenny at Some Came Running Kevin J. Olson at Hugo Stiglitz Makes Movies PIPER at the Lazy Eye Theatre Bill R. at The Kind of Face You Hate Ratnakar Sadasyula at Passion for Cinema Keith Uhlich at The House Next Door Chris Voss at Celluloid Moon Still more contributions to come, including Ryan Kelly's defense of Mission to Mars (2000) later today.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
From The Philadelphia Inquirer's film critic, Carrie Rickey, who wrote today: