October 2013

The best short story collection since Dubliners.

The best short story collection since Dubliners.

Interpreter of Maladies

  • Author:  Jhumpa Lahiri
  • Published:  1999
  • Publisher:  Houghton Mifflin Company
  • Pages:  198
  • First Line:  “The notice informed them that it was a temporary matter: for five days their electricity would be cut off for one hour, beginning at eight P.M.”
  • Last Lines:  “I am not the only man to seek his fortune far from home, and certainly I am not the first.  Still, there are times I am bewildered by each mile I have traveled, each meal I have eaten, each person I have known, each room in which I have slept.  As ordinary as it all appears, there are times when it is beyond my imagination.”
  • Acclaim:  Pulitzer Prize
  • Film Version:  none
  • First Read:  Summer 2000



Gypo makes a fateful (and fatal) decision.

You can read more about this year in film here.  The Best Picture race is discussed here, with reviews of all the nominees.  First there are the categories, followed by all the films with their nominations, then the Globes, where I split the major awards by Drama and Comedy, followed by a few lists at the very end.  If there’s a film you expected to see and didn’t, check the very bottom – it might be eligible in a different year.  Films in red won the Oscar in that category.  Films in blue were nominated.  But remember, there’s still only nine categories at this point.

Nighthawk Awards:

  • Best Picture
  1. The Informer
  2. The 39 Steps
  3. Mutiny on the Bounty
  4. Les Misérables
  5. The Bride of Frankenstein


It's all up for Gyppo.

“His mind was struggling along aimlessly in pursuit of his actions, impotently deprecating them and whispering warnings.  But it was powerless.”

My Top 10:

  1. The Informer
  2. Les Misérables
  3. The 39 Steps
  4. Mutiny on the Bounty
  5. Captain Blood
  6. Bride of Frankenstein
  7. The Scarlet Pimpernel
  8. The Dark Angel
  9. David Copperfield
  10. Ruggles of Red Gap

Note:  After a weak year that could only muster seven for its list, we have a complete list.  And a strong list at that – I am sorely tempted to nominate six films, but I draw the line at the traditional five – indeed, for Picture, Director and Adapted Screenplay these six films will move around, with a different one being the 6th, and non-nominated film, in all three of those categories.  The only downside is that eight of the ten are dramas – 1935 is a much better year overall, but 1934 had those really great comedies. (more…)

At one point I had a shelf of film criticism books.  It consisted of a number of Pauline Kael books, a bunch of Roger Ebert books and two books by Stanley Kauffmann.  They are a great trio of American film critics and they are, sadly, all gone now.  Kael has been gone for a long time, and was no longer writing at the end, but she was still reviewing films for the New Yorker when I first started subscribing, back in college.   I wrote a piece on Roger Ebert when he died, a short piece that I put together in the 15 minutes after I learned of his death and before I left work.  And now Stanley Kauffmann has died, bowing out at the grand old age of 97. (more…)

Corey meets Corey, though only one of them makes the poster.

Corey meets Corey, though only one of them makes the poster.

Revisiting Childhood Movies Part IV

The Lost Boys

  • Director:  Joel Schumacher
  • Writer:  Janice Fischer  /  James Jeremias  /  Jeffrey Boam
  • Producer:  Harvey Bernhard  /  Richard Donner
  • Stars:  Jason Patric, Corey Haim, Kiefer Sutherland, Jamie Gertz, Corey Feldman
  • Studio:  Warner Bros.
  • Award Nominations:  none from groups I track
  • Length:  97 min
  • Genre:  Horror  (Vampire)
  • MPAA Rating:  R
  • Release Date:  31 July 1987
  • Box Office Gross:  $32.22 mil  (#38  –  1987)
  • Ebert Rating:  **.5
  • My Rating:  **.5
  • My Rank:  #92  (year)
  • Nighthawk Nominations:  none
  • Nighthawk Notable:  none
  • First Watched:  on video
  • Number of Times Watched as a Kid:  2 or 3