THESE AMAZING SHADOWS – This documentary presents the US’ National Film Registry as the answer to protecting films from being altered after the fact by people like Ted Turner and his cartoonish colourization of films. Founded to recognize films that are “Culturally, Historically, Aesthetically Significant.” It’s a mixed bag what they include – it’s not all features, and it’s not all “serious” film. CITIZEN KANE is there, sure, but so are FARGO and THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW. Short and amateur films are on the list as well; LET’S ALL GO TO THE LOBBY, DUCK AND COVER and even Michael Jackson’s THRILLER.
One of my favorite parts described how ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW inducted in 2005. Picture that; on the floor of Congress, with George W. Bush in his second term, a movie about transvestites was recognized and added to the Registry.
THE LOST BOYS 3 – THE THIRST – Corey alone does not a LOST BOYS film make, and this third film really proves that as Executive Producer Corey Feldman moves into a lead role as Edgar Frog. Feldman was funny in this role in the 80s, but now it’s more sad than anything. The film is funny to me, but that’s likely as much due to how serious the film seems to take itself, and most of the laughs were likely not intended to be where I found them. It’s better than the second film by a fair amount, but it’s pretty sad on the whole.