Altman Saturday

There’s lot of Altmania to read out there, both old and new. Let’s take ‘em movie by movie:

Nashville: NYC Film Critic looks at it song by song. Roger Ebert liked it so much he reviewed it twice.

Popeye: That Large Round-Headed Boy argues eloquently that it’s 1. a grossly underrated movie, and 2. it’s got a lot in common with Altman’s earlier McCabe and Mrs. Miller.

Speaking of McCabe and Mrs. Miller, Bill Roundtree tries to tackle the weirdest Western ever made. The Listening Ear provides extensive commentary on the movie. In 1997, former Salon critic Charles Taylor gave his love as well.

The Player: This is the first Altman movie I ever saw. CultureSnob explains why it’s still an acidic delight.

Most of these links came from the blog-a-thon’s chair and supervisor Matt Zoller Seitz, and there’s a lot more links there. If anyone’s got links to posts on perennial QB favorites Short Cuts, The Company, M*A*S*H, or others, let me know and I’ll post ‘em.

2 a.m. update: Five Branch Tree has a lovely post on Short Cuts.

About Walter Biggins

Walter Biggins is a writer based in Atlanta, GA. He is the co-author (with Daniel Couch) of Bob Mould's Workbook (Bloomsbury, 2017). His work has been published in The Quarterly Conversation,, Bookslut (RIP), The Comics Journal, The Baseball Chronicle, and other periodicals. Twitter: @walter_biggins.
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