Potpourri for Twenty, Alex

There have been several things I’ve wanted to blog about these last few weeks, but, because I’ve been happily occupied with this and that, the opportunity just hasn’t presented itself. So tonight, in one fell swoop, here’s what’s been on my mind:

How good Rescue Dawn is and how, true to form, Werner Herzog never allows the truth to get in the way of telling a good story (neither here nor in his documentary treatment of the same story, Little Dieter Needs to Fly

How disappointing Fox’s new reality series On the Lot turned out to be, so much so that it sent me back to my DVDs of the first two seasons of Project Greenlight

How much I’m enjoying Monsters HD — “TV’s First Horror Channel Uncut in Hi-Definition” (according to their website, they “dare you to watch!”). Where else can you catch Tarantula, War of the Colossal Beast, and The Monster that Challenged the World all on the same day — and the same channel?

How much I enjoyed Frederick & Steven Barthelme’s Double Down: Reflections on Gambling and Loss, which proves just how much Frederick’s fiction draws from his real life… 

And lastly, for now, just how fine a film Match Point turned out to be, growing richer with each viewing. Who would’ve thought that, for all the great films Woody Allen has created on his native New York soil, he’d have to go to England to deliver what very well might be his best movie? Elegantly pulpish and poetic at the same time, it mines the same territory as his classic Crimes and Misdemeanors with very different results.

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