When Sorceror was originally released it had about the first 45 minutes cut from the beginning of the film. I went to see the re-release at the Astor which had a Q&A with Friedkin afterwards (and then a write up in THE Age which you may be able to find I guess.) He did explain why it was called Sorceror, but I'm drawing a blank about the answer at the moment.
I'm impressed you managed to watch this many films between looking after two kids. I'm way behind on my movie watching (and book reading). *and* I thought you were moving house! :)
Oh, and he seemed really hung up about not getting Steve McQueen in the lead role - he was supposed to do it but then wouldn't come because they had no role for his then grlfriend and McQueen didn't want to spend all that time away from her. So they ended up with Roy Scheider instead. i for one, am glad they did, I think Roy is just right for the role, but Friedkin was of the opinion that the movie would have done much better at the box office if they'd had McQueen.
One of the trucks is called Sorcerer, but if you blink you'll miss that. Apparently he called the film Sorcerer because of the 'evil wizard of fate.'
I think it would be a better film with that first chunk trimmed. It's very uneven. Some characters get all of a minute, while others get ten. Knowing nothing about the film, it made the first half hour feel really unfocused.
Oh, and I'm getting through films with a mixture of watching some with Lex, and determinedly watching one a night, even with Lex/MaybeZoe based interruptions. One ninety minute movie took me nearlt three hours to watch, thanks to eight post-bedtime interruptions by Lex.
We've moved house, now starts some slow sporadic unpacking and sorting.
The Three Caballeros is a fascinating one: the US Dept of State requested Disney make it (as well as Saludos Amigos) to promote US culture in South America and convince them not to side with the Axis powers during World War II.
I knew about that because of Paleocinema podcast :)
You can really see the heavy push in the film. It's not a very subtle little travel log cum love-our-neighbours-to-the-south piece. I liked some of the music, but found it a very hard watch.
They did a second film as well, Saludos Amigos. Can't remember offhand which one came first.
If you've seen Sorcerer you should check out the original, Wages Of Fear. It's fantastic and ratchets up the tension incredibly well. I think I'll have to podcast about that one of these days.
Last hour of Sorcerer does a good job with the tension, there was really some nail-biting stuff there. But most of the first hour feels like an unfocussed mess if you don't know what the film's about.
I saw Wages of Fear back when I was a kid, so it's definitely time for a rewatch.
Hadn't heard from you for a while, was wondering how you were going!
I haven't had a lot of luck with watching 'my' TV with Clara around - she eventually talks me into putting 'her' TV shows on :)
Been meaning to write to you for ages. Let me know some good times and I'll give you a ring at some point, miss hanging with you.
We don't watch much free-to-air TV, some most of what Lex sees is DVDs or pre-recorded stuff. So there's not much of him talking me out of things :)
The film Edge of Darkness, or the miniseries? If the film, how was it?
It was the film. It was okay, and keeps some of the important aspects of the original, and updates some stuff that wouldn't have worked well now. But I found Gibson surprisingly weak in his acting, and the story feels a lot more like your average modern day thriller, which is a shame.
Worth a look, and has some good moments, but the original still stands out to me as being a better story. This is just another Hollywood thriller.
Thanks; that's pretty much what I expected. I think I can afford to give it a miss.