Just One Request: Vote.

vintage League of Women Voters posterWe keep this site politics-free, except for taking this one heartfelt stance: There’s nothing more American than voting. By voting we honor the past with an eye toward the future. Please vote today. Urge your friends and family to vote. Help anyone who could use a hand (or a lift) to vote. Let your voice be heard. And please, do all you can to vote with a positive outlook, a warm heart, an open mind. Envision a positive future when you pull that lever (or touch that screen or fill out that form).

Detour: Edgar G. Ulmer’s Film Noir Classic Gets a Full Restoration

A clean, unchoppy print of Detour (1945), Edgar G. Ulmer‘s classic low-budget film noir, has been rarer than hen’s teeth for many years, so we were very pleased to learn that the film, a favorite of ours, has finally received a full 4K digital restoration (sure, sure, we’d rather it was a film restoration, too, but as the man said, beggars can’t be choosers).

Here’s the trailer. If you’ve seen Detour, it’ll leave you eager to see it again, looking better than it has in decades; if you’ve not seen it, it’ll give you a taste of what you’ve missed. We’ll be catching it at NYC’s Film Forum, where it opens on November 30; if you’re not within striking distance of the Big Apple, watch for it soon at a theatre near you (you might even want to lean on your local art/revival house into contacting Janus Films about booking this classic film).

Word has it, the restored Detour will also be released soon on DVD and BluRay, but take our word for it, you want to see it on the big screen if at all possible.

10 Things You Should Know About Will Rogers

Here are 10 things you should know about Will Rogers, born 129 years ago today. He was a hugely influential figure in American culture: stage and motion picture actor, vaudeville performer, cowboy, humorist, newspaper columnist, social commentator. Few have ever matched what he accomplished in such a relatively short time. We could use wry sanity and common sense today, that’s for sure.