Sunday, March 23, 2008

Easter/Equinox wishes

Here's to the rebirth of spring, and the appearance of blossoms, flowers and young animals, the return of migrating birds, reminders of life and fertility and renewal all around us...and bunnies!

And here, from, a wonderful list of movies that look at Easter in unorthodox ways.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Hail, Anthony Minghella!

I was shocked to learn he died. Only 54 years old, from complications after a simple surgery. Only ten years older than me. A harrowing thought.

This is very sad. He was such an amazing filmmaker. I love Truly, Madly, Deeply (pictured here), and The English Patient, and The Talented Mr. Ripley, and even Breaking and Entering. I have only seen part of Cold Mountain but I did like it a lot and want to watch the whole thing again soon. He was a master of making lush classical-looking cinema that often included unexpected images and tense, uncomfortable moments, as if challenging our definition of what big-budget art cinema should look and feel like...

He accomplished so much in his 54 years. The world of cinema is a richer place with him in it. And now many cinephiles may well wonder what other works of beauty and passion and sadness he might have wrought had he been given more time. Rest well, sir.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008


Why is it so hard to get hold of made-for-TV movies with occult themes from the 1970s on video?

I have been very lucky recently to be able to obtain a few films from this era for my research and teaching, namely:

Satan's School for Girls
The Initiation of Sarah
Summer of Fear
(original title: Stranger in Our House)

Still seeking:

Midnight Offerings

And when will someone put out the entire mini-series of The Dark Secret of Harvest Home, and not the lame 2 and a half hour version?