|As every Star Wars geek (guilty as charged) can tell you, it was Han Solo who fired the first shot in the Mos Eisley Cantina when confronted by the bounty hunter Greedo. Lucas modified the scene in his 199? so-called special edition, having Greedo fire first, thereby justifying Han's action. What began as a wonderful tribute to The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly became a ridiculous bit of revisionism on Lucas' part to have Han appear more the hero than a killer. Feh.|
The Greedo allusion in last week's alt-text clue led many of you to guess von Stroheim's Greed, which makes perfect sense. However the image in question comes from (wait for it) 1957's Il Grido, Antonioni's brutally powerful road movie that finds a handful of beautiful women falling in love with lead actor Steve "I don't even speak Italian" Cochran. It's a shame the DVD looks so poor, but even in its un-remastered form this film is a masterpiece.
Before I move on to this week's quiz, I wanted to announce two recently discovered film blogs. The first, Dennis Grunes, is run by (not surprisingly) Dennis Grunes, a critic from Portland Oregon. Besides his numerous meaty reviews of (mostly) foreign-fare, the site contains a few wonderful annotated "100 greatest" lists, including a remarkably thorough and broad list of the 100 greatest Asian Films. Lots to chew on – food for thought indeed. The other great discovery is that Salon critic Andrew O'Hehir has expanded his Beyond the Multiplex column into a full-fledged blog. I had the pleasure of meeting Andrew last year at the NYFF, minutes before we recorded a podcast together (along with Aaron Hillis) about Stellet Licht. His blog has already become a new daily stop, and his coverage of Sundance was some of the best to hit the 'sphere. Be sure to check them both out.
This week – from the sublime to the oh-so-ridiculous. No, this isn't a photo from one of Kevin Lee's Karaoke nights, but rather from a film that really isn't all that good, but nonetheless fascinating. Name it. Submit your answers to this address. Good luck!