Welcome to The Morning Read.
Well, we're finishing out our first month of having The Morning Read back on the site, every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and the feedback from you guys so far has been very strong. It feels good to be back at it, and I'm surprised I let it go as long as I did.
On the one hand, I think I'm going to have to re-retire the idea of "one thing I love today" because I have no idea how my schedule will work out sometimes, and if I don't have that one finished at the end of a day, it ends up not getting written, and I'm not going to have it be this erratic thing that only occasionally hits its target. On the other hand, the podcast is back up and rolling, and I think I have a handle on how to produce it on my end so that it's simple. iTunes should have us up any day now, so that should help you guys who are hoping to use their interface to follow the show. Overall, a good October to follow up a crazy September.
When I was at the "Salt" premiere at the end of the summer, I ran into Peter Bogdanovich, and it was one of the best random encounters I've had all year. He is a true legend, a guy whose writing about film is just as crucial and significant as the actual films he's made. I just watched the new Warner Bros. Blu-ray of "What's Up, Doc?", and I was struck anew by how great Bogdanovich can be. Next month, Criterion's putting out "The Last Picture Show" on Blu-ray, another must-own. When we were talking at the party, I asked him about some of his other films and the possibility of ever seeing them on Blu-ray, like "At Long Last Love" and "Saint Jack," and he was frank about the difficulties with each of them and the roadblocks that stand in the way of any immediate release. If today's news is true, though, and he's got a few high-profile films coming soon as a director, then maybe those lesser-known and loved titles will be considered assets worth cashing in. I love the notion of Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach producing "Squirrel To The Nuts," a screwball comedy written and directed by Bogdanovich. I love it because that's a great trio of comedy brains to put together, and I love it because that's a wildly unsubtle title that made me laugh when I read it. And I have no idea what he'll do with a screwball comedy about "an escort, a theater director, and a private detective," but that's a promising start. The filmmaker has also adapted Kurt Andersen's Turn Of The Century, so here's hoping we get several films from him in the near future, new and old alike.