1."Boudu": Tucker of PilgrimAkimbo on Renoir's classic film.
["For me, having just seen Boudu twice this past weekend was a revelation. It had been around 23 years since I last saw the film. The Criterion Collection DVD is a wonderfully produced copy of the film. But it is not the quality of the DVD that got to me. And it was not merely the incredible performance by Michel Simon as Boudu, as well as the rest of the cast. No, what got to me was the boldness of Renoir - both in terms of the story's subject matter and of his directorial choices."]
["For nearly 30 years, aside from a gap here or there, HBO has been a part of my life. When my family first got it, it came through a strange little antenna placed on the roof of our house. Later of course, it came through cable TV. As of today, I don't have access to HBO anymore. I'm rejecting my local cable system's "friendly" blackmail of getting digital cable in order to keep HBO."]
3."Swanberg on the Stairs": The latest episode of ReelerTV, featuring an interview with Hannah Takes the Stairs director Joe Swanberg.
["After a few weeks away, ReelerTV returns today with a busy episode full of news you can use. Hannah Takes the Stairs director Joe Swanberg joined me for a chat about his film's anchoring the ongoing Generation DIY series at IFC Center (not to mention a teaser of his forthcoming Web series, Butterknife), while Spout Blog's Karina Longworth dropped by the Pioneer Theater for to discuss some of the same series' lesser-known titles. We celebrated William Friedkin Week in NYC and mourned the untimely passing of IFC TV, hacked to death by stone-hearted marketers wielding euphemisms like machetes."]
["Collaborating once more with his History of Violence leading man Viggo Mortensen, I had the chance to talk to both Cronenberg and Mortensen recently when they were in San Francisco on press junket and Greencine will be publishing that interview closer to the film's distribution; but, for now, allow me to say that Eastern Promises delivers all it promises."]
Quote of the Day: Unknown
"Any sufficiently advanced bureaucracy is indistinguishable from molasses."