The Umbrellas of Cherbourg is one of my favorite musical films. It’s a combination of a wonderfully somber story, Michel Legrand’s beautiful score, and the visual style that gets to me. Now, Criterion has revealed how the film was restored for the recently released Jacques Demy boxed set. My one regret is that I can’t just purchase Umbrellas alone.
It’s rare that I take Netflix at its word about a horror film I need to see. Yet, this past weekend, I went with the suggestion. 13 Sins was recently added to the streaming service and actually had generally good reviews. I really committed when I saw it came from the same writer/director as The Last Exorcism.
I Am Divine is a captivating documentary about the life and career of Harris Glen Milstead, better known by his stage name/drag persona Divine. Divine had a long and expansive career through many forms of media (film, stage, music, and television) and was by no means an overnight success. His most critically acclaimed performance, as Edna Turnblad in Hairspray, was, sadly, his last. He passed away from a heart attack right when he finally seemed poised for the mainstream success he dreamed of his whole life.
I Am Divine tells the story of the notorious performer through archival footage and interviews with Divine’s peers. John Waters appears, naturally, as do Mink Stole, Susan Lowe, and Mary Vivian Pearce. Beyond the typical Waters’ players, Divine’s influence and reputation are truly shown. Journalist Michael Musto, actor Tab Hunter, and Emmy-winning casting director Pat Moran (among many other surprising participants) sing Divine’s praises for the entire run time.
Thanks to everyone who entered The Purge: Anarchy Giveaway. I put all the entries in Random.org this morning and we have a winner.
Congratulations to Mrcreosote. I just need you to e-mail me firstname.lastname@example.org with your e-mail, name, and shipping address so the prize can be sent to you.
The original list and the Random.org results below the jump.
Last year, I teamed up with the fine people at PartnersHub and Universal to give away a prize pack inspired by The Purge. This year, I get to do it again.
The Purge: Anarchy is the sequel to the surprise hit horror film The Purge and I’m super excited to check it out this weekend. Click below the jump to find out how you can win this prize pack.
This weekend at ConnectiCon, I debuted two brand new panels. The 18+ panel was called Lovecraft on the Silver Screen. It was an exploration of the best and the worst attempts to bring H.P. Lovecraft’s stories to film.
Unfortunately, there were some major tech issues during the panel and the projector kept freaking out, preventing any of the full videos from playing. I want to thank everyone who came and stuck with the panel that largely turned into a lecture with guest appearances by convention A/V staff trying to fix everything from muted audio to the blue screen of death.
Below the jump, I’ve embedded the full PowerPoint presentation as well as the videos from the panel in order. You can read along if you choose or just jump straight to the videos for NSFW Lovecraftian madness.
I love it when my interests and needs can actually cross over. I watched The Call of Cthulhu as the last piece of my Lovecraft on the Silver Screen panel (this Saturday at ConnectiCon, come say hi) and knew it would also work for Horror Thursday. It’s the first (and probably only) time I’ve reviewed a short for the column. To be fair, at 45 minutes long, it is structured and feels like an actual feature film. It’s also surprisingly good.