["Unless one of you dissuades me, the Fossethon will be the weekend of Saturday, November 10, 2007, the twenty-fourth anniversary of the release date of Fosse's final film, the controversial biopic, Star 80. That's one day after the Film and Faith Blogathon ends and five days before the kick-off of the sure-to-be-popular week long Kurosaw-a-thon. November should be big enough for all three."]
["Kaufman's most famous addition to the Body Snatchers legacy was the memorably horrific sound the pod people make when they open their mouths; with Edvard Munch-like gaping maws, they screech an unholy otherworldly sound, meant to identify those who haven't been transformed yet. This leads to a final scene that's not only the scariest in the entire series but also perhaps the greatest ending in the history of horror films: the final five minutes of Kaufman's film are so expertly directed, acted, and calibrated to audience expectations, so smartly adhering to the manner in which we watch movies and the way we allow editing and composition to relate stories to us, that his final trick is like a slap in the face. The effect is devastating, even more so than that hand from the grave in Carrie. And all that's left is silence; Kaufman zooms into a mouth's black hole, traps us inside the body, and as the credits roll, doesn't even give us the comfort of music."]
5. "Croatian Cinema": A feature by James Van Maanen for GreenCine Daily, Part 1 & Part 2. Click here for information on the Beyond Boundaries festival of Croatian cinema at Lincoln Center.
["Beyond Boundaries: The Emergence of Croatian Cinema (through November 14 at the Film Society of Lincoln Center's Walter Reade Theater) got off to a splendid - if depressing - start with its initial offerings. I say depressing for two reasons: the content of the three films I was able to see - chosen because the director of each would be present and "up" for an interview - and because the audience for this series appears to be remarkably tiny. This is a shame, considering the quality of these first three movies and, I will presume, much of what is to follow."]
Quote of the Day: Spike Milligan
"Money can't buy friends, but it can get you a better class of enemy."
Image of the Day (click to enlarge): A panel from Cerebus the Aardvark.
Clip of the Day: Never a good sign when weathermen start snorting helium.
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