“The only performance that makes it…that really makes it…that makes it all the way…is the one that achieves madness.” – Turner aka Mick Jagger in Performance (1970) If someone asked me the proverbial question: “The Beatles or The Rolling Stones?” I’d pledge my allegiance to the bad boys of rock and roll in an instant. The first concert I ever attended was a Rolling Stones’ show at Candlestick … Continue reading THE MANY ROLES OF MICK JAGGER

Summer Under the Stars: Julie Christie

Julie Christie in an early promo shot for Billy Liar (1963) I recently wrote a lengthy piece about Donald Cammell’s science fiction thriller Demon Seed (1977), which has been published at the Turner Classic Movies site. My article coincides with TCM’s annual Summer Under the Stars event that celebrates the careers of various actors and actresses all summer long. This year many of my favorite … Continue reading Summer Under the Stars: Julie Christie

Old Rubber Lips

Tomorrow night TCM Underground will be airing one of my favorite films, Donald Cammell and Nicolas Roeg’s Performance (1970) starring The Rolling Stones’ frontman Mick Jagger. I’ve spent a lot of time writing and thinking about Performance but I couldn’t resist the opportunity to express my affection for the movie again. In a post that I unimaginatively titled The Many Roles of Mick Jagger I … Continue reading Old Rubber Lips

Performance VHS VS DVD

I recently watched my 1985 Warner video of Performance as well as the new Warner DVD so I thought I’d share my first impressions and compare the new DVD to my old VHS tape. My 1985 video is the same “Rated R” print I saw playing in theaters in the early ’80s and I’m going to assume that it’s probably the same version of the … Continue reading Performance VHS VS DVD

The British are Coming to DVD Feb. 13th!

My DVD pick of the week is Donald Cammell & Nicolas Roeg’s groundbreaking British film Performance (originally filmed in 1968 and finally released in 1970) and an honorable mention must go to Tony Richardson’s The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (1962), which is another great British film finding it way onto DVD this week. Both movies are being released by Warner Home Video. My … Continue reading The British are Coming to DVD Feb. 13th!