Thursday, December 31, 2009

One last go-around

25 Years Gone: A Tribute to Sam Peckinpah, my month-long appreciation of one of American cinema's greatest and most distinctive directors, draws to a close.

I started researching and sketching out articles in early November. The last pieces were pretty much written and posted same day. It's been a long haul and I've lived, breathed, ate and slept Peckinpah for nearly two months. But I've loved every minute of it and I hope that what I've achieved on The Agitation of the Mind this month will stand as a worthy tribute to Sam Peckinpah.

There's just one more (purely visual) article left, but before I post it some thanks are due:

To Paul Seydor for the kind and encouraging comments he left on the "Peckinpah in Print" article.

To Mike Siegel for contacting me and sharing the behind-the-scenes story on the making of his excellent documentary 'Passion & Poetry: The Ballad of Sam Peckinpah', and providing me with illustrative material for the article.

To these guys for contributing stellar articles:

Evil Dead Junkie at Things That Don't Suck ('Ride the High Country', 'Major Dundee', 'Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid')

Michael Parent at Le Mot du Cinephiliaque ('The Wild Bunch')

J.D. at Radiator Heaven ('Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia')

Tommy Salami at Pluck You, Too! ('The Killer Elite')

Bill at The Kind of Face You Hate ('Straw Dogs')

To everyone who carried the banner on their blogs, supported the project, and/or left comments. And to everyone who continues to watch, appreciate and write about the films of Sam Peckinpah.


Keith said...

Happy New Year! I hope you've been having a great holiday season. Mine has been wonderful except for my cable modem dying on me. I just did a new post with a big announcement in it. I hope you'll check it out. Thanks. Take care. Have a fantastic holiday weekend. Cheers!

Troy Olson said...

Twas a great retrospective -- I enjoyed all of the posts and it's given me some impetus to go back and rewatch a few of these films. Nice work, Neil.

Neil Fulwood said...

Keith - thanks for stopping by. I've visited your site and read your announcement; I've commented there. Good luck with those resolutions.

Troy - thanks for your regular visits during the retrospective and for the comments you left. Hope you enjoy revisiting some of your favourite Peckinpah films.

Happy New Year to both of you.

bill r. said...

Thanks for the extra link, Neil. This has been a very impressive, and ambitious (and I'm sure exhausting) tribute. Welld done.

Neil Fulwood said...

My pleasure, Bill. Thanks for contributing. And yes, I'm feeling a little blogged out at the moment. Still, it's been worth it.

Thanks for your support and your comments during this last month.