HOME FROM THE HILL was one of the first Eleanor Parker moves I saw, mostly because it was available on VHS. Though I might not have seen it on VHS, but bought it on laserdisc right off. I can’t remember. Pan and scan must ruin it, of course. The laserdisc was a decent MGM/UA transfer, really nice packaging. I think it opened up (instead of two discs in one jacket). As far as the post’s readership, HOME FROM THE HILL does okay. Hopefully someone read about it after Eleanor Parker passed, saw it.
I vaguely remember (mis-remember) the Maltin guide connecting THE SEVEN-UPS to THE FRENCH CONNECTION. I don’t know why I never got around to seeing it. I know the video store had it (on VHS); one of those distinct CBS/FOX Home Videos. When I was a kid, the CBS/FOX thing always confused me. Wasn’t CBS a TV network? What did they have to do with 20th Century Fox? The post actually gets a lot of readers (compared to other seventies American films). That famous car chase must still be famous.
I can’t remember my viewing order on CAPE FEAR. If it was remake or the original. Used to marathon them. I think my mom had seen ’62 CAPE FEAR pre-children and was excited to watch it again around the remake. But was it before or after… I can’t remember why I didn’t go back to the original–maybe because it was from a weird period of high school movies–until so late. The CAPE FEAR post hasn’t really found a level year-to-year; there are wide changes up and down almost every year. But the low’s low.
I didn’t see BARCELONA until college. I didn’t discover Whit Stillman until then (after LAST DAYS OF DISCO). On a second viewing, I was rather unimpressed with BARCELONA. I can’t remember the specific problems but I had quite a few of them. This viewing–post a couple METROPOLITAN viewings–was nice because I was more measured in my reaction to BARCELONA and less extreme. Over the years, the BARCELONA post has lost readers—by over half. But it still gets nearly decent readership. Very close to decent.
At the time I made the post, I think THE BUSINESS OF BEING BORN was the only documentary on The Stop Button. THE BUSINESS OF BEING BORN post had an unexpected side effect–my best friend emailed immediately, curious if the wife was pregnant. I had hoped director Abby Epstein would go on to more but I do not remember what it was about her filmmaking I liked so much. Not many readers for the BUSINESS OF BEING BORN post. Shockingly few, given it was in the news again with a sequel release lately.
I watched INTERVIEW WITH A HITMAN because it was a screener, back when I tried to watch lots of screeners. INTERVIEW WITH A HITMAN isn’t terrible. Or at least it isn’t entirely terrible. It’s fairly well-made, especially for DTV action. I was also shocked to learn it was filmed entirely in the UK, because the crew did a great job of cheaply mimicking Eastern Europe. The INTERVIEW WITH A HITMAN post does well. It does really, really well with readers. It’s fallen off, but to still good numbers.