All Night Long (1962)
Patrick McGoohan's death was a hard one for me -- that is, slightly harder than the death of any other stranger, but I've been a great admirer of McGoohan's work and life for most of my adult years. I've never seen it, but I understand that ALL NIGHT LONG is a jazz retelling of OTHELLO featuring Charles Mingus and Dave Brubeck, featuring McGoohan as a tempestuous drummer -- how could it not be awesome?
[I'm tempted to buy the Disney Treasures set of DR SYN: THE SCARECROW OF ROMNEY MARSH -- which I've also not seen, but how could an adventure miniseries starring Patrick as a Zorro-ish country priest not be at least amusing? -- but until I have money enough to afford buying mere amusements.]
Jose Torres (1959) Jose Torres II (1965)
I have it on good authority that the one-two of Hiroshi Teshigahara's profiles of the writer/light heavyweight champion comprise one of the top-five best boxing movies ever made. [In a similar vein -- how close to greatness it is, I don't know -- why isn't James Toback's TYSON out on DVD yet?]
Kill Gil Volume 1 and 2 (2006)
I saw most of Gil Rossellini's film memoir of his life after a staph infection paralyses and nearly kills him on the Sundance channel the day that Rossellini succumbed to complications from the infection. I would imagine that a collected disk of both volumes and the "2 1/2" update film will be published someday. It's a remarkable story; Rossellini seems remarkably aware, without belaboring it, that before his illness he was a total showbiz relative, slipstreaming off the family name and having a grand old time of life. But Gil admirably shows that he's his father's son by veering way the hell away from what could easy have been framed as a typical redemption story -- the continental swell lives a charmed life under serious adversity forces him to evolve into a better, deeper man -- into an often funny, remarkably unsentimental territory.
That Sunday (1994)
I know nothing of Dan Zeff -- judging by his filmography, he seems to pay the bills directing TV and makes delightful, light romantic-comedy short films when he can. It's weird that he doesn't have a Web site, but maybe it's a British thing. Anyway, THAT SUNDAY stars a young Minnie Driver and Alan Cummings as a couple recounting the twists and turns of .... a Sunday. They made this film shortly before CIRCLE OF FRIENDS, which plods where this movie skips. In the alternate universe where I took the job at Shout Factory instead of the one at Fantagraphics, a collection of Zeff's short remains an unspectacular but steady backline seller.