Another dispatch from the Drexel

Seeing Metropolis on a big screen might have been worth the price of admission. One of my favorite films from one of my favorite directors, Fritz Lang. Plus a longer cut than I'd ever seen before!

Movie #4 brought us Delicatessen, the 1991 French film from Jean-Pierre Jeunet - years before he'd go on to do Alien Resurrection and Amelie - and his partner Marc Caro. Apparently, this is a purposeful homage to the works of Terry Gilliam, which explains the tonality issues as bad as Gilliam's worst work. I don't know, I just don't like my post-apocalyptic cannibal films to have so much whimsy in them.

We're over an hour behind schedule, but I'm still going strong. The "Endless" coke I'm drinking (over a gallon so far) is helping. More caffeine and sugar in my system than I've had for years.

Stephen's added me to his video's, so extra reason to check those out!

Something called Infra-Man up next, and Akira at midnight. Check back for those updates!

Checking in from The 31st Annual Ohio 24 Hour Sci-Fi Marathon

I've barely slept for days, but I'm dedicated to staying up for 24 more hours! Go me!

So far we've gotten Earth vs The Flying Saucers, a 50's alien invasion flick that is as campy as any other. It's pretty average for what it is. Aliens show up, America attacks, aliens ask why but it's too late to apologize. Finally we win. Harryhausen did the special effects though, so that's awesome.

Next up we had The Quiet Earth from New Zealand (1984). Amazing apocalypse film. Really smart, really engaging. Couldn't even be bothered to nod off at all, too interested.

Here with Stephen Goldmeier of Enchantment Under the Sea who's stopped in for a few episodes of Lost in Criterion. He's doing video updates on his youtube if I can find it. I'll look later.

I'll try to check in again later. 20 hours to go!

More Fellini! We get lost in Nights of Cabiria

Federico Fellini won an Oscar in 1957 for his story of a prostitute in 1957's Italy. Fellini's direction and writing are superb as always, but the true heart of the movie lies with his star (and wife) Giulietta Masina who reminds me of Lucille Ball here (if Lucy had ever played a prostitute). In order to add realism to the scenes of the illicit characters interacting, Fellini had fellow Italian Pier Paolo Pasolini write the dialogue, what with his familiarity with the criminal element.

No one in Italy wanted to produce a film about a prostitute, though, until Dino De Laurentiis finally stepped up, a man who would go on to finance some very different movies (Death Wish, Halloween II, Army of Darkness, among a lot of other b to c-grade [but fun!] horror and action films through the 70's and 80's, and then U-571 and Hannibal as we get closer to today).

Stephen Goldmeier joins us for a forth and final episode. We've loved having him. Be sure to check out his website and podcasts over at Enchantment Under the Sea.

So check out Lost in Criterion this week, as we continue our endless quest.