Wednesday, June 18, 2008

In the Heat of the Night at Newcritics (updated)

Over at Newcritics, the second night of Lance Mannion's Wednesday Night at the Movies, was a success, although the Siren wishes she had seen more familiar comment labels over there. You can still mosey over and say something if you are so inclined.

Blogger Extraordinaire Lance Mannion is running an open thread on consecutive Wednesdays, covering each of the five Oscar nominees for Best Picture for 1967: The Graduate, In the Heat of the Night, Bonnie and Clyde, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, and Doctor Dolittle. Next up: In the Heat of the Night, starring Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger in his Oscar-winning role, Lee Grant and the cool-as-all-hell Warren Oates.

As you might guess, the choice of movies was inspired by Mark Harris' Pictures at a Revolution, although you need not have read that (excellent) book to join in. In fact, you need not have seen the movie recently, or indeed at all. It's not homework (Mannion hates homework), it's a coffee klatsch.

For future reference, here is the rest of the schedule:

June 25. Doctor Dolittle.
July 2. Guess Who's Coming to Dinner.
July 9. Bonnie and Clyde.

So, next week, be there or be hopelessly square as we pay tribute to Anthony Newley and his role in one of history's greatest flops. Plenty of time to stock the bar beforehand.

7 comments:

Gerard Jones said...

Siren, thanks so much for the alert. I'll try to make it. And certainly next week for Doctor Dolittle--I've already got my Anthony Newley comments worked out!

Campaspe said...

Oh, please do! Tonight AND for the Dr., we will need all the company we can get for that one. Do you know, Mannion was even threatening to leave that one off? You'd think it was a turkey or something. ;)

Dan Leo said...

Dearest Siren, I absolutely love Anthony Newley's songs, but I just don't know if there's enough marijuana in the world to get me to sit through Dr. Dolittle.

Gerard Jones said...

Thanks, Campaspe, for the invite to the Newcritics conversation, which I enjoyed very much. I only regret that family matters called me away so early. I was just beginning to compile my mental list of worse songs in movies than "Foul Owl on the Prowl" when I had to bail...

Noel Vera said...

Hi, Siren, I don't recommedn linking to that filmsite.org, or Greatest movie site--too much malware, trying to install things in your computer.

Campaspe said...

Noel, I am not very computer-savvy, what sort of malware are we talking? it does have an awful lot of popups, but I love the site for its long summaries and screenplay excerpts.

Noel Vera said...

Preparing to install MSN, so on and so forth. I would give the computer a nice long scan for trojans and the like after something like that.

The summaries are not without value, but someone should tell him about things like that.