Odd to think that in the age of digital projection, entire movies can simply be deleted by accident. That's what happened at one press screening of "The Avengers" last week, delaying the proceedings just a bit as the theater hastened to download a new copy. Of course one of the advantages of digital is that it saves lots of money typically spent on creating and distributing film prints -- not that those savings have been reflected in ticket prices, mind you.
Yesterday marked the seventy-fifth anniversary of the infamous Hindenburg disaster. A novel by Michael M. Mooney was turned into a film in 1975 starring Anne Bancroft and George C. Scott, riding the wave of '70s disaster movies that included fare like "Earthquake" and "The Towering Inferno." While the Hindenburg film contained its share of historical inaccuracies, the final sequence is shot in black and white, echoing real newsreel footage of the disaster itself in a way that is truly haunting. Even so, some of us are still waiting for zeppelin travel to come back into vogue.
History may be written by the winners, but in the meantime brilliant work gets rejected in Hollywood every day. A new uncomfortably funny series of comedy videos imagines soulless film execs having their unimaginative way with (now) famous scripts such as "The Shining," "Look Who's Talking," and "E.T."
The 1980s sex symbol Kathleen Turner has returned to the screen as a middle-aged Catholic questioning her faith in "The Perfect Family." This winning AVClub "Random Roles" interview with Turner covers everything from "Body Heat" to "Serial Mom" to Jessica Rabbit. The actress seems to enjoy exploring roles that contrast with her glamour-girl roots -- remember her as the miserable mother in the film version of The Virgin Suicides?