It’s officially the end of the first week of the new year! You made it, film fans! You’re firmly entrenched in 2016 and are still standing, breathing and enjoying the cool and the classic that’s out there in the world – brought to you by your favorite purveyors of the past – The Retro Set!
2016 is going to be OUR YEAR – the year that everything that’s cool & classic becomes current again! Star Wars is back! X-Files is back! And thanks to Inarittu and Tarantino; the Western is back! And as in past years, our Minutes are there to recount the excitement for you, every Friday! So, let’s see what everyone’s talking about on January 8th…
It’s Elvis Presley’s Birthday, y’all! The King may have died over 39 years ago, but he’s still remembered across the nation, and the globe, as fans celebrate the man, the icon! And this year, he would’ve turned 81! Holy smokes, a-land sakes alive!
Golden Globes are this Sunday. Will it be Mad Max or The Revenant? Inside Out or Shaun the Sheep? American Horror Story or Fargo? Checkout your local listings for time. And don’t forget – The Martian is a musical comedy.
Star Wars: The Force (that is unstoppable) Awakens has destroyed all North American Box-Office records! Who’d a-thunk?
70mm? 35.mm? Digital? Tarantino? What does it all mean? Vox ‘splains in clear terminology the most contentious debate and history of this oft misunderstood format question.
If you’ve wondered how difficult it could possibly be to get projectionists across the country that are able to deal with 70mm film – well here’s a fascinating read on the unsung heroes of the projection booths!
And speaking of film format – can you believe Kodak is re-releasing the Super 8mm FILM camera?! We’re having a Kodak moment!
And since we’re talking so much about The Hateful Eight — here’s a great piece from The AV Club on the similarities and dissimilar aspects with the “other” wintry western that’s vying for Oscar attention – The Revenant. (You know how WE feel about this one.)
The end of January will deliver the much anticipated small order of that groundbreaking Fox series The X-Files. Here, THR puts together an enlightening oral history of the show’s creation and premiere.
For those who enjoyed HBO’s first season of True Detective and not-so-much the second season; somebody high-up is actually taking the heat for it.
We all know that SXSW is the Hipster Festival for all entertainment, but this year they’ll be premiering some potentially exciting films including Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday.
A great article from the American Society of Cinematographers re-emphasizes how groundbreaking choreographer Busby Berkeley was to sound film.
A feminist silent shot and set in California’s bay area is getting a restoration! This is an important film and an invaluable find!
Speaking of lost and found silents – a thought to be gone Pearl White serial exists – The House of Hate. What an amazing title, amIright?
Whatever your opinion may be of Comedian/Auteur Jerry Lewis, you have to give the man credit for having the presence of mind to shutter a film for decades he considered in bad taste (his now-legendary never-seen film about a clown who entertains children in a Nazi concentration camp on their way to the ovens – The Day the Clown Cried). Now a BBC online documentary will reveal.
And speaking of bad films, the king of cheese, Mr. Ed Wood himself, will forever be immortalized when his soundstage is saved from demolition.
Our good friend over at Cinema Fanatic spent a year watching only films made by women. Check out her fascinating take-away here.
And speaking of Women in Film – Support Women in Film with this great doc on the Women’s UK Punk movement by going to Electronic Beats and downloading!
File under Too Much Time on Your Hands! Or Hands Much On Time Too Your.
And finally, here’s an engaging 120 second edit of the last 120 years of cinema. How many can you name? It’s harder than you think: