Monday, September 9, 2013
Share Your Ten Essential Movies: Would You Like to Win a Copy of Leonard Maltin's 2014 Movie Guide?
I hope that all of you had a nice weekend. I should be mad at those folks who let me bemoan how Season 3 of Boardwalk Empire was not up to par as compared to the first two installments. I decided to sit down and watch a few selected episodes today before the premier of Season 4. Guess what? I ended up watching all of Season 3 in an On Demand marathon. I curse you all!
The show has only gotten more interesting--and entertaining--as an exploration of post World War One America. Boardwalk Empire depicts a rich social history, the politics of black respectability, and keen insights on racial formation, just as it did in earlier seasons, with some great character development added in for extra points.
The auto-erotic asphyxiating Gyp is a great swerve; my man Richard Harrow only becomes all the more compelling every time he appears in an episode.
Because I was distracted by Boardwalk Empire today, I neglected to post earlier. I have two contests to share on WARN this week: the prizes are some swag to share with the lucky winners.
We discuss movies quite often here on WARN (and by the way, do go see Riddick--it was great fun). Avid film-goers usually have a "must see" list that they enthusiastically share with friends, family, and any else who will listen. Professionals have their obligatory list of favorite movies too.
For example, see: Spike Lee's much discussed Essential Films List.
As a complement to our shared interest in film Turner Classic Movies is offering up a very special two month long special on the history of movies called The Story of Film. On TCM, each week for 4 months, viewers will have access to rare movies which have been selected and curated as a complement to the documentary The Story of Film. It will hopefully be a commercial and financial success for the network, and consequently, encourage similar projects there and elsewhere. Even if TCM's series loses money, the public benefits.
Penguin has been kind enough to provide me with two copies of the new book Leonard Maltin's 2014 Movie Guide to give away here on WARN.
Much like the great Roger Ebert, Maltin is a film expert who has a great editorial/critic's voice, one which enables him to concisely and compellingly share his insights and recommendations about movies with a general viewing audience in a respectful and not condescending manner.
If you would like to win a copy of Leonard Maltin's 2014 Movie Guide, answer the following question in the comments section below.
What are you ten "essential" movies and why did you choose them? These movies can be of any genre, from any time, linked together by a theme, or totally distinct from one another.
Please do chime in. What do you have to lose? Plus, the more folks who participate, the more goodies I will have to give away later.