Posts filed under "Essays"

Who is Hitch?: Hitchcock (2012) and The Girl (2012)

Posted by Bennett O'Brian June 3, 2013 0 Comment 8686 views

Films about filmmakers are a tricky proposition for studios and audiences alike. They are inherently self-indulgent, full of tiresome in-references and many have an unfortunate tendency towards valorizing the unscrupulous behaviour usually involved in making a classic motion picture. There have been exceptional films which use the life of a filmmaker to address something more […]

1941 – A Comedy of Disasters (1979)

Posted by Wade Sheeler May 30, 2013 2 Comments 7860 views

1941 airs on TCM, Friday, May 31 as part of its “Second Look” series. Check local listings. 1941 is not a good film, but it’s definitely an interesting curio of its period. Comedy has never been director Steven Spielberg’s strong suit, but you have to give him some props for diving in, head first, to […]

360 Screenings Meld Cinema, Theater and Mystery

Posted by Brandy Dean May 21, 2013 0 Comment 7769 views

Look, I love movies – we all do. But the typical movie experience requires really only one thing – you watch. The world is full of solutions to this state of affairs, answers to our desires to discuss and share the cinema experience. From film clubs and meetups to cinema magazines and film blogs, it […]

Bates Motel: Who’s Afraid of Norman Bates?

Posted by Bennett O'Brian May 20, 2013 1 Comment 13828 views

The other day, while I was walking my dog, I came across a dead bird laying the middle of the alleyway near my family home. Apparently it had collided with the windowpane of an office building and then fallen to the pavement. It must have happened only moments before my arrival, as the animal’s carcass […]

The 1st Academy Awards

Posted by Brandy Dean May 16, 2013 2 Comments 8480 views

The 1st Academy Awards was held on May 16, 1929. It was a very different awards show from the billion hour, all singing-all dancing industry self-love fest we know today. The very first Academy Awards ceremony was held as a private banquet in the Blossom Room of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. Douglas Fairbanks was the host. I’m […]

The Stylistic Milestones of Saul Bass

Posted by Bennett O'Brian May 8, 2013 0 Comment 9134 views

This week marks the birthday of Saul Bass, one of the most important and prolific visual artists to ever work in motion pictures. As testament to his enduring significance, Bass has been posthumously honored with one of contemporary society’s highest acknowledgements of cultural achievement – his very own Google doodle based on his famous designs […]

What’s Eating Hannibal Lecter?

Posted by Bennett O'Brian May 1, 2013 1 Comment 12172 views

NBC’s new midseason crime drama Hannibal concerns itself with cinema’s most sophisticated and debonair serial killer, prior to his capture – and before a younger woman named Clarice Starling has come into his life. In The Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal Lecter cites Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius to Starling: “Of each particular thing ask: what is […]

My Favorite Film: Walter Huston’s Dodsworth

Posted by Wade Sheeler April 12, 2013 4 Comments 16769 views

TCM will air Dodsworth & The Treasure of the Sierra Madre this Sunday, April 14, 2013 I was a weird kid. I could make a list a mile long “why.” But for now, the example I’ll give is the first two movie stars that I loved – Gary Cooper and Walter Huston. Gary Cooper, I’m […]

Woody Allen: In Acting Only

Posted by Wade Sheeler March 26, 2013 5 Comments 8792 views

The Front plays on TCM Thursday, March 28th. If you play “What if” games, as I do, of nonsensical alter-realities, you find yourself asking questions you can never really now the answer to, but still intrigue yourself to no end. What would music be like today if Buddy Holly didn’t die in that plane crash […]

The Jackie Coogan Shimmy

Posted by Brandy Dean March 20, 2013 4 Comments 10150 views

I just recently had the pleasure of seeing the Jackie Coogan movie My Boy (1921), which – like all Coogan appearances – included the famous Jackie Coogan shimmy. It might be fair to say that “the shimmy” made Jackie Coogan’s childhood career, as he first shimmied his way into Charlie Chaplin’s heart and then into […]

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