National Film Registry 2010

Of the 25 titles named Tuesday to the National Film Registry by James H. Billington, the Librarian of Congress, the news coverage has naturally focused on the best known — “All the President’s Men,” “The Exorcist,” “The Empire Strikes Back” — but the list also reflects some significant victories for the avant-garde and documentary [...]

Bingtime

Once a year, Americans gather together to share gifts, sip eggnog and celebrate the memory of the greatest popular singer this country has produced, Bing Crosby. And because he wasn’t a bad actor, either, this week’s special seasonal edition of “New DVDs” in the New York Times examines “The Bing Crosby Collection,” a recent [...]

Blake Edwards 1922-2010

Goodbye to Blake Edwards, who began with Frankie Laine and finished with Roberto Benigni and somehow managed to make marvelous films in most of the known genres in between. He was 88, and his New York Times obituary is here.

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Rain Cities

I apologize for my absence during most of last week’s very interesting discussion of retrograde imagery and how best to confront it. A loss in the family kept me away from the keyboard but the debate seemed to flow along nicely without me — maybe I should stay away more often!

This week’s New [...]