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Glenn Kenny
Film writer, formerly of Premiere magazine and .com. Reach me at
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This month marks the tenth anniversary of this stupid blog, and I was thinking of what I could do to commemorate this landmark, and the main thing that occurred to me was that I could just pull the plug on the whole thing. My work load really doesn’t allow me the time to contribute much to it, and my temperament has improved over the past few years to the extent that I don’t feel the... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Some Came Running
After a college search that can most charitably be described as haphazard, I matriculated at William Paterson College in Wayne, New Jersey and began attending, and also not attending, classes there in the fall of 1977. I was excited to try out at the college newspaper, The Beacon, winner of multiple awards and stuff. I convinced the arts editor, Michael Reardon, a gangly Joyce nut from North Bergen, to let me interview The Ramones, who... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2018 at Some Came Running
In chronological order. The Plague, Albert Camus I'm not generally one for useful literature, but in late 2016, while lunching with a friend, the question of material that could be sustaining during the then-impending Trump administration arose, and my friend recommended this and the Erich Fromm title below. Both were highly satisfactory in different ways. Camus' rats are still swarming as I write. Genius Jack, Thomas Wiseman The screenwriter of The Romantic Englishwoman serves up... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2017 at Some Came Running
Let's get right to it. Equipment: Playstation 3 for domestic discs, OPPO BDP 83 for import discs, Panasonic Viera TCP50S30 plasma display, Pioneer Elite VSX-817 AV amplifier/receiver. I can’t believe I actually carved out the time to do this, although if you check out the release date of the very first disc reviewed (I’ll save you the trouble, it’s August of last year) you’ll see it’s been indeed over a year in the making. Whew!... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2017 at Some Came Running
The ten are in preferential order, although you could interpret a four-way tie for first therein. The honorables are in alphabetical order. Links to reviews and essays are there when they exist. Personal Shopper (Assayas) Taipei Story (Yang [1985 film; first US release 2017]) Phantom Thread (Anderson) Dawson City: Frozen Time (Morrison) A Quiet Passion (Davies) The Death of Louis XIV (Serra) Baby Driver (Wright) A seemingly widely misunderstood tour-de-force of cinematic contrivance. mother! (Aronofsky)... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2017 at Some Came Running
“The great irony of Belle de Jour is that a sixty-seven year old Spanish surrealist has set out to liberate humanity of its bourgeois sentimentality only to collide with the most sentimental generation of flowery feelings in human history,” Andrew Sarris wrote in the Village Voice in the early May 1968. His filing deadline was probably right before the events in France of, you know, May 1968, but even so you could say his overall... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2017 at Some Came Running
The July 1998 Premiere article "Flirting With Disaster," which was referenced the other day in an incredibly brave and true piece for Indiewire by Liz Manne, can be found here. Thank you to Stephen Saito for saving me the trouble of abusing my own scanner. Below is a small account of how that piece, and another, came to be. I guess it was some time in the summer of 1997 when Jim Meigs, the then-editor-in-chief... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2017 at Some Came Running
1) I didn't see 1974's The Texas Chainsaw Massacre until 1977 or '78, when I was a projectionist at my college student center and had to screen it. I say "had to" but I had always wanted to see it. Particularly since having seen Johnny Rotten wear a "I Survived The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" t-shirt in some pictures of a Sex Pistols gig. The movie's lurid rep scared me a little so I, like a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2017 at Some Came Running
In "The Ladies Man," 1961 In late 2008 or early 2009 I began writing for the MSN editorial website, specifically MSN Movies, and the first thing my editor asked me to draft was a Jerry Lewis obituary. Word on the street, or some street, was that Lewis' various ailments were about to bring him down for good. As MSN then aspired to a print-style editorial standard, it was thought that having an obit on file... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2017 at Some Came Running
For Scott Lemieux and Brian Koppelman. I was a very poorly socialized child. After my incredibly obese toddlerhood, I assumed the more or less regular dimensions of a boy. But I had issues. I had not started speaking in English until well after I turned three (up until that point I communicated with my mother in a made-up language) and once I began attending school, teachers noticed some problems, including a lack of physical coordination... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2017 at Some Came Running
I was saddened to hear this afternoon of Gregg Allman's passing. I interviewed him in 2011, for the MSN website. The current pod people who administrate said site have disappeared almost all of its content prior to whenever they took control of it, but I have a draft saved, and I thought it would be apt to post it, as a tribute. It runs below. “It’s a funky day outside,” Gregg Allman observes of the... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2017 at Some Came Running
When I was in college, I had a bunch of English professors who were really tops, and a couple of who were really indulgent of my slothful ways. There were five, precisely, who I recall vividly; of them, three were politically left-leaning and two were vociferously conservative. One of the conservatives Richard Jaarsma, had a column in my college paper, The Beacon, in which he regularly traded barbs with a student columnist named Joel Lewis,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2017 at Some Came Running
I don't usually reck articles in the Daily Beast but for some reason I still get the organ's mail updates and this evening one caught my eye. "Tucker Carlson Couldn't Debate The Anti-Trump Organizer He Wanted, So This Actor Stepped In," is the rather unwieldy headline, and that, too, is the story in a nutshell, although, what the heck, you might as well read the whole thing as it is relatively short (not shorter than... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2017 at Some Came Running
For, a film whose German title is Bailey—Ein Freund fürs Leben. And the rather better Behemoth. For The New York Times: Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, S is for Stanley, and The Age of Consequences. Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2017 at Some Came Running
In the interview book Scorsese on Scorsese, discussing his 1984 film The King of Comedy, Martin Scorsese talked about his reaction to people telling him Raging Bull was so visually beautiful: “I decided my next picture was going to be 1903 style, more like Edwin S. Porter’s The Life of an American Fireman, with no close-ups.” An eccentric decision, arguably, but one that it takes someone who is both a cinephile and a cineaste to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2017 at Some Came Running
Ryan Gosling's "Seb" meets John Legend's "Rockit"-era Herbie Hancock as jazz convert Emma Stone looks on. The largely buoyant movie La La Land was enjoyable enough that I wasn't compelled to go all Jazz Police on it, as I was for writer-director Damien Chazelle's prior effort, the ridiculous Whiplash. But this disinclination is not shared by many in The Discourse, as my friend Tom Carson addresses here, and others address elsewhere that I'm too lazy... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2017 at Some Came Running
Glory arranged the day to her father’s specifications, and after lunch she helped him down the stairs and into the car. There was a ringing loneliness in the house with Jack always away somewhere, and it felt good to her to leave it for a while, to take her father away from it. She drove him past the church and past the war memorial to let him admire the gardens and the trees, and then... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2017 at Some Came Running
1) Lost in the Funhouse, John Barth The second half; I started it right after Christmas 2015. I liked the Ambrose stories way better than the mythology stories. 2) Ezra Pound: Poet, Vol. I, A. David Moody Detailed, a little stodgy, very partisan, which aspect I infer will get more interesting as Our Hero's behavior worsens in subsequent years. Worthwhile. 3) The Fugitives, Christopher Sorrentino I'm friendly with Christopher and I'll still say I can... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2016 at Some Came Running
Victória Guerra in Cosmos Let’s start with the ten best of the year, as I submitted to In preferential order, I will admit. The stuff I reviewed is linked to; the stuff I didn't is commented on, mostly. 1) Cosmos (Andrzej Zulawzki) Not reviewed by me, although I did do the booklet essay for the Kino Lorber home video release. Which I obviously recommend that you buy. But as I do not want to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2016 at Some Came Running
"I'm The Jewish Question, by Jean-Paul Sartre. Delighted to meet you." Yvonne Blake (who was also the assistant art director on the film) in François Truffaut's Fahrenheit 451, 1966 In October of 1944, a few months after the liberation of France, Jean-Paul Sartre wrote short book called Réflexions sur la Question Juive. Its first English translations were titled The Jewish Question—it is one of the living books that announce themselves at the end of Truffaut’s... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2016 at Some Came Running
Tadashi Okuno and Rin Takanishi (in mirror), Like Someone In Love, 2014, directed by Abbas Kiarostami Songs are a form of storytelling, so it stands to reason that most great or even good songs have at-least-good stories attached to them. One of the most popular songs by composer Jimmy Van Heusen and lyricist Johnny Burke, was, for instance, inspired by an argument that the songwriting team overheard their friend and collaborator Bing Crosby having with... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2016 at Some Came Running
This wasn’t supposed to happen. I was supposed to be shutting down the blog maybe, not writing for no money ever again definitely, and all sorts of stuff like that. And yet. Here it is. Some things refuse to be killed, and/or die a natural death. Equipment: Playstation 3 for domestic discs, OPPO BDP 83 for import discs, Panasonic Viera TCP50S30 plasma display, Pioneer Elite VSX-817 AV amplifier/receiver. Recommended without comment (because I got to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2016 at Some Came Running
My review of The Legend of Tarzan for has excited some folks. For the Times: The excellent Private Property, the not-excellent Marauders. Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2016 at Some Came Running
"Roses? How trite. I prefer the gift of auteurist film." Elle Fanning in The Neon Demon. "If you're an Andy Milligan fan there's no hope for you."—The Psychotronic Encyclopedia of Film, Michael Weldon, Ballantine, 1983 I can't say I was entirely surprised to be accused of Bosley Crowtherism for my pan of Nicolas Winding Refn's The Neon Demon in today's New York Times. The young people today, they want a David Lynch of their own... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2016 at Some Came Running
For, Tickled. For The New York Times, Parched, and the highly unfortunate Clown. For your viewing pleasure, an episode of Camera Three taped at the 1969 New York Film Festival. Camera Three: Interview with Susan Sontag and Agnès Varda from Antonio Ferah on Vimeo. Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2016 at Some Came Running