Modesty Blaise & Hump Day
The photo of Monica Vitti is from a film called Modesty Blaise an adaptation of the popular novel and graphic novel series. Modesty is also one of Den of Geeks’ eight vintage heroes who they believe deserve a modern revival.
“A former crime boss turned secret agent, Modesty was like a female James Bond. Originally written for a comic strip, the character became so successful that a film was made in 1966, from which was spawned a popular series of novels. Quentin Tarantino held the rights for a while, and the film was to star Reece Witherspoon, but faced with the prospect of losing the rights to the character, Tarantino’s production company was obliged to knock out a quick straight-to-DVD release in 2004 called My Name Is Modesty, an origin story set during the heroin’s crime years. If future films stay true to the stories – which had action aplenty – and keep the sidekick of Willie Garvin and the M-like boss Sir Gerald Tarrant, there could be a franchise here.”
If you screenwriters don’t have the money to buy the rights to Modesty, there is a website devoted to Public Domain Superheroes. A few alternatives who might also be worthy of a modern revival: Madam Doom, Madam Satan, and Jenny Nowhere.
Actors: Pollyanna McIntosh, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Mary Elizabeth Winstead (again), Tania Raymonde, Mary Elizabeth Winstead & Eric Christian Olsen, Hugh Jackman, Antonio Banderas, Shawn Levy, Tilda Swinton, and Elizabeth Olsen.
Production: Brian Oliver.
VIDEO OF THE DAY, PART 1
Since today’s hump day, I thought I’d post a couple of great videos about sex. This first one is my favorite, the best “Your Vagina Stinks” short ever.
THE ROUNDUP, BABY!
Read the latest MovieMaker Magazine, Issue 94, Volume 18 [Digital Edition]
Watch Films from the Paris Korean Film Festival for Free.
New Angry Filmmaker Podcast: “Filmmaking Deadly Sin Number 7 – Cut all Obvious, Repetitive and Boring Dialogue!”
Raúl Ruiz in the 90s. “Notebook is unfurling a series of tributes to Raúl Ruiz entitled Blind Man’s Bluff: along with some previously published articles, here in English for the first time, the bulk a compilation of new, shorter pieces from a few generous critics and Ruizians on favorite moments from a vast, subterranean filmography. For more from Raúl Ruiz: Blind Man’s Bluff see the Table of Contents.”
Movieline has an interactive Drive map.
Erik Maza discusses three highlights of Snapshots: Tourism in Cinema, Flaherty NYC’s current film series at 92Y Tribeca. “In one scene in Gone to Earth (Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, 1950) Jennifer Jones races up a place called God’s Little Mountain and almost falls into an unmarked well. Jones is Hazel, an untamed, Welsh peasant woman played here the old-fashioned way, nobly but with a lot of cleavage. Her father tells her two cows fell in that well once and were instantly killed. Hazel, who is in her element in the forest and among animals, is frightened by the thought of nature as dangerous, and comes to a life-changing realization. Framed in a close-up, Jones delivers her character’s epiphany with a fantastic flourish: ‘Seems the world’s a big spring trap and us in it.’ I love that line; Charles Busch probably does a pitch-perfect re-enactment of it.”
Kristin Thompson on Middle-Eastern crowd-pleasers in Vancouver.
LOL – Sir Ian McKellen Reads Manual for Changing Tires in Dramatic Voice.
Javier Bardem confirms he is next Bond villain.
There was a variety of decent new articles for writers, which I’ll list:
A Roundtable Discussion on New York’s Ongoing Comedy Exodus.
Steve Jobs and the Cinema of Invention.
Here’s an interview with Frank Rose, author of The Art of Immersion: How the Digital Generation is Remaking Hollywood, Madison Avenue, and the Way We Tell Stories.
James Berardinelli ruminates on his start as a movie critic & the early days of the world wide web.
John Cochrane on My Dinner with Andre for its 30th anniversary. “[It’s] not only one of the best films of recent decade, but a unique viewing experience that redefines what great filmmaking can be. Essentially an unbroken 100-minute conversation between two men in a restaurant, it has no right to work at all cinematically. It succeeds marvelously however — not only as a philosophical discussion — but as a portrait of two friends who often disagree yet are bound by mutual respect and the search for significance in their own lives.”
New York Times Video: Anatomy of a Scene: Martha Marcy May Marlene.
Criterion has a new essay on The Four Feathers. “A. E. W. Mason’s sweeping action novel The Four Feathers (1902) had already inspired three films by the time producer Alexander Korda got to it in 1939. It would be filmed three more times afterward. But you really haven’t seen it unless you’ve watched the Korda production, directed by Alexander’s younger brother, Zoltán, and designed by his youngest brother, Vincent. No version before or since has been able to match this film’s gritty magic (not even Zoltán’s 1955 remake, Storm over the Nile, using the same script and stretching the old location footage into CinemaScope). This Four Feathers shows how sophisticated and seductive a Boy’s Own adventure could be. Set during the British reconquest of the Sudan and retaking of Khartoum (1896–98), it’s a spine-tingling tale of heroic redemption. It’s also, next to Lawrence of Arabia (1962), the most harrowingly beautiful of all desert spectaculars. The sand is never merely yellow, amber, or gold—it’s multihued and speckled with dirt and rock. The mudflats are a vile, volcanic taupe. White-sailed boats struggle up and down a Nile that glitters in chameleonic shades of brown or olive or blue.”
VIDEO OF THE DAY, PART 2
And finally, here’s “Small Penis.” Take care of yourself. -D