Another week at the movies...


* Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp, an interesting man overcomes the conflicting message of the commentary his profilers give him, proving personality always wins.

* Only God Forgives. Hey, Gosling, hurry up with my damn croissants.

* Red 2, the old men need some Viagra, but the ladies have a good time anyway.

* For the Oregonian: A documentary on Big Star, a tribute to Les Blank, and the Serbian gay rights comedy The Parade.

I also take a longer look at those Les Blank films at my Criterion blog, reviewing Burden of DreamsGarlic is as Good as Ten Mothers, and Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe. Read it right here.


Foolish Wives, the silent classic from Erich von Stroheim, newly mastered in HD.

* Love is a Many-Splendored Thing, a 1950s love story that is starting to show its age. With William Holden and Jennifer Jones. 

* Two versions of Mozart's The Magic Flute: a recent film production from Kenneth Branagh and a more accomplished 1975 adaptation helmed by Ingmar Bergman.

 * Mayerling, the 1957 television production with Audrey Hepburn, long thought to be lost, finds its way into the world at last.

Current Soundtrack: Glasvegas, "I'd Rather Be Dead (Than Be With You);" Bob Dylan, Self Portrait