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“The White Shadow”—Hitchcock’s First Film

From boston.com:

It’s a 1924 English silent film, “The White Shadow,” which was long thought lost. More accurately, it’s the film’s three first reels, lasting a little more than 40 minutes (the remainder of the film remains missing). The footage was found last year at the New Zealand Film Archive in canisters marked “(Twin Sisters) with Betty Compson.”


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You Missed It: Most Unfairly Overlooked Movies Of The Decade

From Cinema Blend:

When people look back on the early years of the new millennium they’ll remember it for movies like The Dark Knight and Lord of the Rings. Or they’ll geek out with their friends about the cult classics they discovered together, rewatching copies of the original version of Donnie Darko or spreading around copies of Idiocracy and laughing at its accuracy. Or we’ll remember the prestige movies, the big Oscar winners like No Country For Old Men and Chicago.

But in a better world, maybe we’d remember these movies…Unique and strange, funny and weird, challenging and sexy; they’re the most unfairly overlooked movies of the past decade.


I’ve only seen three of the them, all on cable television; but then, I don’t go to the movie theater very much. And yes, all three were quite good, in their own unique way.

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11 Authors Who Hated the Movie Versions of Their Books

From Mental Floss—the headline: “Some of the most beloved movies ever were based on books. But just because we loved them doesn’t mean the original author did.”

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On The Road, On The Screen

From The Millions (Hat tip: Frank Wilson)

A large part of On The Road’s powerful and ongoing appeal undoubtedly stems from the lyricism of its language — as opposed to its linearity, or even narrative coherence. Translating this to the screen could quite simply be impossible. Indeed, one suspects it is the reason that, up till now, so many screenwriters have failed in turning Kerouac’s text into visual form.

I much preferred The Dharma Bums.

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10 Movies That Were Better Than The Book

I would add To Have and Have Not, but then this list seems to be focused on more modern films that a wider audience may have seen. (Hat tip: Thirty Three Things)

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Philip K. Dick, Sci-fi Writer & Hollywood Favorite

This article from The Washington Post describes Philip K. Dick “as a pulp science fiction writer with a drug-influenced, paranoid worldview,” whose “literary reputation has not only risen but his books and short stories also have become filmmaker favorites. “Blade Runner,” “Total Recall,”“Minority Report,” “A Scanner Darkly,” and a dozen other movies, TV shows and video games have been adapted from Dick’s works.”

The article also states, “One thing Dick is not admired for is fine prose. His stuff tends to be lumpily written, obviously produced on the quick for sci-fi magazines and the pulp paperback market…” Although I am concentrating on reading as a study in writing styles—my goal is 50 books this year—I may sample his “lumpily written” work because the article also states that his books are “character-driven, featuring a small group of people in confined settings and environments” and they “concentrate on average Joes” who are placed into situations where they learn things aren’t what they seem. Sounds interesting; and I liked the movie, Blade Runner.


In February 1997, My wife and I, along with some friends, attended a special screening of an independent film called “Soulmates” at the Fox Theater in Riverside, California where Gone with the Wind premiered in 1939. The movie was about three people who had lost but then found hope; a feel good movie with no sex or violence. Afterward, the writer-director, the son of Dick Clark, his sister, who was the producer, and two of the actresses answered questions for an hour. The movie was good but the discussion was even better. These were articulate intelligent people doing what they loved, following their passion without regard to reward. Dick Clark’s son said that at a young age, he resented the fact that his father made him earn his own way but he now understands and respects the approach. He went to school with children of celebrities who at sixteen drove new Porsche’s, were taking cocaine and offered little to the world. He told the audience that they were looking for a distributor for the film, which won an award at the Palm Springs Film Festival. Sundance had rejected it.

A black actress, named Debra, was particularly animated about following ones passion and how making this movie consumed her. While I appreciated her perspective, I qualified the idea: It must be a value-based passion, one that builds integrity, worthy associations, and community. Passion itself has two sides; some very bad people are also passionate. As we departed, I told a friend that the event had been a defining moment for me: I had decided that my passion was Michelle Phieffer and I was now going to commit my life to her. My wife thought it quite funny; she knew I could not keep up with Michelle, or even Kim Bassinger.

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