Not lost as in the TV show, but lost as in, where am I?
- The Key to Reserva: Breathtaking short film (about 10 minutes) based on a “lost” Hitchcock script, directed by Martin Scorsese in the style of Hitchcock as if Hitchcock were making a movie today the way he would make a movie in the 1950s. It’s hard to explain, just watch it.
- Lunatic at Large: This script, commissioned by Stanley Kubrick in the late 1950s and lost when he moved to England in 1962, has recently been uncovered by Kubrick’s son-in-law, who is attempting to get it made.
There were a couple of false starts. Mr. Hobbs originally approached the French company Pathé — partly because the French hold Jim Thompson in the same esteem as Edgar Allan Poe and Mickey Rourke — and after that arrangement fell through, he formed a partnership with Edward R. Pressman, a New York-based producer, and the London producers Finch & Partners. Mr. Pressman, who is expected to announce the completion of the deal today, said the film would be directed by Chris Palmer, from a finished script by Stephen R. Clarke.
- The Best 19 Movies You Didn’t See in 2007: (Not technically “lost” but close enough!) This sort of list is strange. After all, how does this guy know I didn’t see these movies? But it’s actually a good list. I’m usually pretty knowledgeable when it comes to movies, even offbeat and obscure ones, but there were a few surprises in here for me. How is it that I never heard of Fido? I’ve seen 6 of the films on the list, and most were pretty good. I’ve got a couple others coming from Netflix. Interesting.
- All Movie Talk: This exceptional, now defunct, podcast is actually the source (directly and indirectly) of two of the above links. It’s the only film podcast I’ve ever seen that even comes close to rivaling the excellent Filmspotting. It’s less timely in that it doesn’t cover recent releases in the way that Filmspotting does, but that really only serves to make the episodes more timeless, and I’m currently devouring their archives at a frightening rate. These guys really know their stuff, and you can really learn a lot about film and film history by listening to their show. Incidentally, the hosts are the guys behind Rinkworks, so you get a lot of funny asides and “how to” segments (for instance, I just listened to a segment called How To: Be the Slasher, a handy guide for slasher villains who don’t know how to terrorize teenagers in a proper fashion). Anyway, it’s a great podcast, and well worth listening to for those interested in film. It’s a shame they had to close up shop, but it’s certainly understandable – this sort of show has got to be a lot of work.
That’s all for now. 2007 Kaedrin Movie Awards are coming (in typical Kaedrin fashion, the 2007 movie wrapup happens in 2008.)