The Altman Weekend fades out

Here’s Girish on an early Altman movie called That Cold Day in the Park. He pays so much careful attention to visual detail and directorial intent that the essay is worth reading even if you, like me, hadn’t heard of the movie before now.

Finally, Matt Zoller Seitz, the proprietor of the Robert Altman blog-a-thon, has a great post on the common themes shared by Altman’s McCabe and Mrs. Miller and the heavily McCabe-influenced TV show Deadwood.

Well, this Altman Weekend has been a blast, and Altman delivered a lovely, tender, and surprisingly nervous speech at last night’s Oscars. Even better, Lily Tomlin and Meryl Streep introduced the Honorary Award with a very funny, improvised bit of overlapping dialogue and loopy jokes in the manner of a Robert Altman movie. It was the total in-joke—if you’ve never seen one of his movies, it was probably annoying—and I realized that I was liking a Streep performance for the first time. I’ve never seen her be funny; she should do so more often.

I wrote a lot this weekend, and I’m beat. Beyond some links to stuff I’ve enjoyed over the past two weeks or so, and maybe a stray commonplace quote, Quiet Bubble is going to have a week of radio silence.

Probably.

About Walter Biggins

Walter Biggins is a writer based in Athens, GA. His work has been published in RogerEbert.com, Bookslut, The Comics Journal, Salon, The Baseball Chronicle, Jackson Free Press, and Valley Voices: A Literary Review. Follow him on Twitter (@walter_biggins), and check out his bimonthly newsletter (https://tinyletter.com/Walter_Biggins).
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