Persistence of Vision

Persistence of Vision; the retention of a visual image for a short period of time after the removal of the stimulus that produced it: the phenomenon that produces the illusion of movement when viewing motion pictures.

Martin Scorsese Developing Ramones Biopic

Martin Scorsese certainly understands the connection between music and film. Both in his dramatic films ( Mean Streets, Good Fellas , etc. ) and in his documentaries ( the Last Waltz, No Direction, Home, etc. ) music has been ever present. Rumor has it , the director is planning a documentary on the band as it celebrates their 40th anniversary and as we all mourn their passing. Scorsese certainly does seem the best candidate to explore the culture of New York in the 70s. reports

A Fistful of Dollars turns 50 - Planet Spaghetti Western

Recently the watershed Italian Western ” A Fistful of Dollars ” celebrated its 50th birthday.   Over at the Spaghetti Western Database , Sebastian has written on the importance of this film and and its impact, as well as its recent restoration.

YEAR OF FURIOUS FILMS: 1964 - Furious Cinema

The wonderful site Furious Cinema ( ) has compiled a brilliant list of films that have turned 50 years old this year.  There are sure to be several familiar and several not-so-familiar films here and plenty that have had an enormous impact on cinema and pop-culture.   Are any of your favorites on the list?

1999: The Last Great Year in Movies

Hard to believe these films came out 15 years ago.  While I don’t agree 100% with this assessment and it’s important to remember these films didn’t just arrive spontaneously, this is an interesting look back at the end of the century in cinema and how things have changed.    


The Shooting/Ride in the Whirlwind

criterioncollection   Will bring two 60s “acid western classics” starring Jack Nicholson by director Monte Hellman ( @MonteHellman ) of “Two-Lane Blacktop ” fame to BluRay / DVD in new 4K restorations this November.  These films have influenced Jim Jarmusch and Quentin Tarantino among others but until now have had only limited circulation in poorly preserved prints.   

Robin Williams entertained us all, but the pain in his eyes was unmistakeable - The Boston Globe

Touching piece by Ty Burr in the Boston Globe about the brilliance of Robin Williams’ performances and the pain he lived with.   RIP Robin Williams

So sad & shocking.  Such a body of work I couldn’t pick a character .  Goodnight, sir.  #riprobinwilliams #robinwilliams

So sad & shocking. Such a body of work I couldn’t pick a character . Goodnight, sir. #riprobinwilliams #robinwilliams

Brian De Palma’s 1974 cult rock-opera satire is out today on a 40th anniversary DVD / Blu-Ray from Shout Factory with lots of special features. Here’s Edgar Wright, director of the Cornetto Trilogy, Scott Pilmgrim vs. the World, etc on his love for the film, via