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Glenn Kenny
Brooklyn
Film writer, formerly of Premiere magazine and .com. Reach me at [email protected].
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Since I’m not yet getting rid of this blog I might as well use it. If you’ve been on Substack for a while, I can see why you’d stick with it, but it would feel weird for a non-Substack person such as myself to actually JOIN it now. Anyway. Happy New Year. Equipment: Sony UBP-X800 multi-region 4K player, Sony KD50X690E display, Yamaha RXV-385 A/V receiver. Anna Christie (Warner Archive Blu-ray) While I’ve seen a few... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2024 at Some Came Running
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Missionary Stew, Ross Thomas : More amusing than its title suggested to me. But of course Thomas always delivers in some measure. All About Me!, Mel Brooks: Funny and ingratiating. Brooks has never met a show-biz practitioner he didn't like, he doesn't even bother to take the opportunity to get back at Frank Langella here. (IYKYK.) The Bloater, Rosemary Tonks: Did not hook me. Rent Boy, Gary Indiana: I remember the time... The Snow Ball,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2023 at Some Came Running
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John Ralston and Mia Goth in the number four film. I thought that this year I would not half-ass it and just throw up a whole bunch of films but rather do a PROPERLY RANKED list, only long, because I wanna laud a lot of movies. I don't know if this was a great idea, only because I'm not sure how truly and well I executed it. I mean, when it's forty-five films how important... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2023 at Some Came Running
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Number 71. Not a ringer, although you would not be blamed for thinking so. People sometimes ask me, "What music are you listening to?" or "What kind of music do you like to listen to?" and a lot of the time when I tell them they're like, "Wha?" So for some reason I thought if I made a list of what I got into this year it might....clear some things up? Anyway, via the below... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2023 at Some Came Running
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These things do take time. I started collecting notes for this at the end of August and where are we now? Almost optimally placed for a pre-Black Friday Consumer Guide, although your shopping utility may vary. And in a couple of days the Severin Black Friday Sale stars, so for me, this process is, as Ruth Donnelly put it in Blessed Event, “like Tennyson’s brook — it never ends.” N.b.: I did not get through... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2023 at Some Came Running
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Now that Rolling Stone magazine is in the news again, and again for a not-great reason, it seems an opportune time for me to own up to something in a more cohesive way than I've done in the past, which has been in dribs and drabs on social media. As most of you are aware, this week sees the publication of a literally jaw-dropping interview with RS founder or co-founder and longtime publisher and editor... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2023 at Some Came Running
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Equipment: Sony UBP-X800 multi-region 4K player, Sony KD50X690E display, Yamaha RXV-385 A/V receiver. Angel Face (Warner Archive Blu-ray) Of all the amour fou film noirs out there, this one is absolutely the fou-est. Only Alain Corneau’s Serie Noire comes close, and that needed almost thirty years and being actually French to top this 1952 Otto Preminger lulu. If you’ve seen it you know what I’m talking about. If you ain’t seen it, grab this disc... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2023 at Some Came Running
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The Three Christs of Ypsilanti, Milton Rokeach JR, William Gaddis Nobody Grew But the Business, Joseph Tabbi Pretty useful treatment of Gaddis here. The Madness of Crowds, Louise Penny The Gamache books are a family thing and having become acclimated to how they work, I found this one unusually okay. Have A Bleedin’ Guess: The Story of 'Hex Induction Hour', Paul Hanley The Silentiary, Antonio di Benedetto As good as Zama. Felix Holt, The Radical,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2022 at Some Came Running
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I noticed something while going over the 10-best lists of other critics I know, something arguably not too extraordinary on the face of it maybe. That is, the presence of films that I had not only not seen but that I had not even heard of. From the very beginning of my year-end movie list making days, which were only ever in a professional context, I had a sense that my colleagues and I more... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2022 at Some Came Running
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Quentin Tarantino is above all else an entertainer, so one expects his “first work of non-fiction,” per the jacket copy, to be entertaining. And so it is. Brash and uninhibitedly opinionated, written in a conversational style that’s hard to pull off successfully (and indeed he often doesn’t do that, but he does do it often enough that you stay with him through the awkwardness), Cinema Speculation, which mostly focuses on Hollywood pictures (and picture-makers) Tarantino... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2022 at Some Came Running
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So. Here I present something of an Experiment in Blogging. (And it looks like blogging is going to make a comeback, thanks to, um, Elon Musk sorta? Or maybe not?) Back in late March of this year I started work on another one of my SCR high-def disc Consumer Guides, because I heard the call, or something. And I took notes on the discs I wanted to include and then...other things started happening. The header... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2022 at Some Came Running
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Equipment: Sony UBp-X800 multi-region 4K player, Sony KD50X690E display, Yamaha RXV-385 A/V receiver. Army of Darkness (Shout Factory 4K Ultra) One has to give Sam Raimi credit: after the editorial mangling and critical drubbing he endured with Crimewave, in 1992 he invested the commercial credibility he’d regained with 1990’s Darkman into making another live-action cartoon, placing it in the context of his popular not-quite franchise (at the time) as a form of insurance. Army of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2022 at Some Came Running
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Gérard Philipe and Maria Félix in Fievre. Myself and others have not infrequently had the occasion to quote Luis Buñuel’s reflection on his career as a filmmaker, to the effect that, while he’d often been obliged to work with scanty budgets and subjects that he didn’t find aesthetically congenial, he’d never put on film something that contradicted his morality. For instance, in my New York Times’ review of Ingmar Bergman’s rarely seen This Can’t Happen... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2022 at Some Came Running
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I remember my campus friend Bob in 1978 or so expressing fake annoyance when telling me of drummer Anton Fier's imminent move from Cleveland to New York, where he would join the Haledon, N.J. band The Feelies. "I guess he heard somewhere that I had a pool at my house," Bob said. By which, I believe, Bob meant his parents' house. "And he said 'Well I'm going to be spending a lot of time at... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2022 at Some Came Running
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So I guess it was in the middle of autumn in 1979 that my friend Bob told me that he had a date with this pretty interesting freshman girl at New York University, and that I ought to take her out some time myself. I didn’t quite understand why, if this girl was so interesting, that Bob wanted to fob her off on me, but eventually I figured it out. It had nothing to do... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2022 at Some Came Running
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Equipment: Sony UBp-X800 multi-region 4K player, Sony KD50X690E display, Yamaha RXV-385 A/V receiver. Alligator (Shout Factory 4K Ultra) Back in the early 2000s, my colleagues at Premiere thought it would be a good idea to entrust a feature on the Ten Greatest Sex Scenes in Cinema to me and me alone, and since at the time I was still addicted to my own cleverness, such as it was, I put the David Hemmings/Veruschka photo shoot... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2022 at Some Came Running
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I was looking through my electronic correspondence with my friend Joseph Failla (see below) and wanted to share some of it here. The first entry is a response to a request; I asked him, after the death of horror maven Forrest J. Ackerman, to contribute something for this blog's own tribute to the man. The last piece of correspondence is following the death of Christopher Lee, and is, like all the other bits of writing,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2022 at Some Came Running
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In 1973. [I learned yesterday that Joseph Failla, who I’ve mentioned on this blog and who contributed to Premiere’s Home Guide when I was running it in the 1990s and 2000s, died in hospital after experiencing shortness of breath. Like me, he was 62.) I remember in seeing Night of the Living Dead with Joseph Failla on the night before Halloween, known in our town of Dumont as “Cabbage Night.” I remember Joseph’s father picking... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2022 at Some Came Running
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The Splendid and the Vile, Erik Larson (Recommended by a friend. Enjoyed it quite a bit, as Churchill worship goes; I think Larson's writing here is a substantial improvement on The Devil in the White City, which I found clunky in parts.) The Nolan Variations, Tom Shone (A good way to look at Nolan, I think. I'm in it, too.) A Fairly Honorable Defeat, Iris Murdoch (There's a lot of Murdoch to be read and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2022 at Some Came Running
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Stalin wasn't stallin': Loznitsa's State Funeral 2021 wasn't an entirely heartening year for cinema. It wasn't an entirely heartening year for anything, really. So this year's notable films list is shorter than in the past. It's not ranked; the list goes in roughly the order I watched them, or in some cases the order in which I came to like them. The titles with links have reviews attached so you can follow my argumentation. The... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2021 at Some Came Running
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So I’m still maintaining this blog, but obviously haven’t posted on it too much. Like Dick Cheney vis a vis Vietnam, I have other priorities. There’s also the fact (not that I pay too much heed to it) that blogs really aren’t a thing anymore; they feel almost archaic. Yet here we are. Some of the aforementioned priorities have diminished recently. I’m not going to get into detail but some of my readers at other... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2021 at Some Came Running
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John Goodman and Tommy Lee Jones, In The Electric Mist, Tavernier, 2009. Bertrand Tavernier, who died today at age 79 ("So young," gasped this 61-year-old) had a long, distinguished, and honorable career, one difficult to sum up quickly, in no small part because a good deal of his substantial filmography is unjustly obscure in the States. I met and interviewed him in 2011, when he was in New York promoting his exceptional, vivid historical film... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2021 at Some Came Running
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Zero Mostel in The Front (Bernstein and Ritt, 1976) I never met Walter Bernstein, the legendary screenwriter who died last night at the age of 101 —and while his passing is of course an occasion for mourning, good for him to reaching that age — but at times, with mutual friends, I could sense his presence. Those people I knew who did know Bernstein, and brought him up in conversation, carried his wisdom and humor... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2021 at Some Came Running
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“Real talk:” Like so many of you, I had looked forward to the PlayStation 5 for several months prior to its late fall release, and upon its late fall release, I followed a Twitter account that kept track of the stores that had it in stock (where it would stay in stock for nanosecond), I kept open tabs at Target, Best Buy, B&H, and the Sony store, and then made it a point not to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2021 at Some Came Running
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In more or less the order I heard them. Horace Tapscott and the Pan Afrikan Peoples Orchestra: Ancestral Echoes: The Covina Sessions 1976 (Dark Tree) Tapscott was an inspired pianist and a staggering composer and bandleader. It's both amazing and not at all amazing that he's not better known, but if you yearn for 100-proof spiritual jazz this will be your bag. Brandon Seabrook with Gerard Cleaver and Cooper-Moore: Exultations (Astral Spirits) Guitarist Seabrook's prior... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2021 at Some Came Running