The Elsewhere Files

Things you should be doing instead of checking SBBN:

elsewhere1-fitz-200pxFitzcardboardaldo: Herzog’s classic rendered in cardboard. Follow it up with the making-of documentary The Corrugation of Dreams.

Charles Laughton spent time in Texas in 1953 with his one-man show, as well as working on a revelatory new interpretation of Othello. The BFI has more, as well as some footage from a local TV station doing a special on Laughton.

elsewhere3-elaine-mike-200pxElaine May and Mike Nichols gave an interview to Vanity Fair back in January, and it was amazing. If you missed it a few months ago, read it now. You won’t regret it.

W.B. Kelso at 3B Theater embarked on a Glenda Farrell Project a few months ago, and it is fabulous. Classic film lovers do not want to miss this.

Raymond De Felitta’s post at Movies ‘Til Dawn about then-famous, now-forgotten torch singer Helen Morgan.

elsewhere6-shining-200pxAnd finally, from several months ago, Slashfilm’s article about the original photo doctored for the final scene of The Shining. I would have loved to have seen the whole photo and not just a detail, but why ask for the moon when I have the internet?


Some recent posts of mine at Spectrum:

Revisit: Under the Volcano (1984): The more I see this film, the more I love it. A flawed masterpiece, certainly, but Finney’s performance is indescribable, yet the exact definition of why I love film. Yeah, there’s your oblique faux film criticism for the day. Bask in it.

Remake/Remodel: Out of the Past (1947) vs. Against All Odds (1984): When I first learned AAO was a reworking of Out of the Past last year, I couldn’t believe it, but on a re-watch it became all too obvious. What a strange remake.

And a few reviews of recent releases:

The English Teacher (2013)
What Maisie Knew (2012)
Midnight’s Children (2012)
Ain’t in it For My Health: A Film About Levon Helm (2012)


A state of the blog post should be arriving in a couple of weeks, and if all goes well, an actual review instead of these Elsewheres and Raiders recaps.


  1. “Do you think Diane would have married you if you were some putz?”

    Awesome! Thanks for the link!

    1. Glad you liked it! I just re-read it because it’s so terrific, a great retrospective but with some nice, almost philosophical gems in there.

      Of course, there’s some dink in the comments who has to say twice that these people are old and who cares what happened in the past. The internet is the gift that keeps on giving.

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