No Wednesday Night at the Movies open thread over at newcritics tonight. We wrapped up our first series last week with a bang-up discussion of Bonnie and Clyde highlighted by extended commentary by Nixonland author Rick Perlstein.
So, what's next?
Yes, there's going to be a next. We'll get that next underway in late August as soon as we can decide what it is and who will host it.
I had what I still think is a great idea for a Burt Reynolds Film Fest. Seriously. Think about this line-up:
Deliverance, Semi-Tough, Stick, Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Boogie Nights, and the movie Earl Hickey and his brother Randy think is the greatest movie ever made, Smokey and the Bandit.
We could even throw in Striptease as a bonus for those who love truly awful movies.
Then, last week, after I brooded miserably on the thought that The bad guys are going to get away, several of my commenters did their best to cheer me up by referencing old movies that somehow seemed to predict the current sad state of things. My favorite came from Doghouse Riley, who advised me:
"Forget it, Lance. It's Chinatown."
Cracked me up.
Didn't make me feel better about Bush and Cheney, but it cracked me up.
And Jason Cravat came through with a riff on The Wild Bunch and HenryFTP brought up Costa-Gavras' Z, and they got me to thinking that it might be interesting to follow up a series on the politically and culturally optimistic Oscar winners of 1967 (even Bonnie and Clyde is mostly a cheerful film) with a look at the some late 60s-early 70s paranoia and nihlism, beginning with those three greats---Chinatown, The Wild Bunch, and Z---and including films like The Conversation, The Parallax View, Three Days of the Condor, MASH, and Network.
What d'ya think?
But my favorite idea so far is to shanghai the Siren herself and force her to host an open thread based on her own post, New York City of the Mind. Frankly, I think she was coyly applying for the job with this one. I mean, look at this line-up:
Rear Window, The Sweet Smell of Success, On the Town, The Lost Weekend, Desperately Seeking Susan, and The Apartment.
How about that?
At any rate, we'll have come up with something soon. Leave your suggestions and votes here or over at newcritics.
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Meanwhile, I'm feeling a little lost and alone here. I don't know what to do with myself with no movie to discuss.
The fifteen year old's inside watching one of the best of the Star Trek movies, The Undiscovered Country. Anybody want to talk about that?
Re-opening old threads: As I like to say, the beauty of open-threads is that they can stay open forever. The threads on the first series are still there, waiting for you to read, re-read, and comment upon.
Bonnie and Clyde. They rob banks.
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner. "It's a movie, not a lifeboat": Tracy and Hepburn together again for the last time.
Doctor Dolittle. Squeaking and Squawking with the animals.
In the Heat of the Night. On the symbolic nature of a broken air conditioner.