Cinematographer Bruce Surtees has died. “He wasn’t afraid of having the character exist in either silhouette or total darkness and letting the dialogue do the work.” The Los Angeles Times has an excellent overview of his career with recollections from Clint Eastwood and Tom Stern.
“[A]t the age of 41, at about 94 minutes into The Divide,” Drew McWeeny writes, “I reached a breaking point, and I realized that I am pretty much incapable of sitting through one more cheap, pointless, exploitative rape in a movie.”
Criterion’s excellent three reasons for its Godzilla (1954) DVD and Blu-Ray.
Page 152 from Francis Ford Coppola’s marked up copy of Mario Puzo’s novel, The Godfather. The Atlantic has kindly provided a link to the relevant scene from the film. I can’t help noticing that Coppola takes notes with a ruler.
100 pages of Blade Runner glory, out of print, but online and free. (Thanks, @matt_kay) (Fixed link!)
At TCM’s Movie Morlocks blog, Kimberley Lindbergs interviews Marcus Hearn on Hammer Studio’s enduring legacy. “The best of the films have now been critically rehabilitated, but it’s depressing when they’re overlooked or misrepresented as camp or trashy. So I guess I’m on something of a crusade!”