Posts filed under "Essays"

Side Effects, Vertigo, and Soderbergh the Storyteller

Posted by Wade Sheeler March 8, 2013 3 Comments 11136 views

Whenever you’re watching a Steven Soderbergh film, you know you’re in good hands. Whether it’s the crowd-pleasing Ocean’s trilogy, the more experimental Girlfriend Experience, his foray into television with the massively underrated K Street, or even his attempt at exploitative action (Haywire) there’s no doubt that a master is at work, and he knows exactly […]

Existentialism, Howard Hawks, and “Only Angels Have Wings”

Posted by Wade Sheeler February 18, 2013 1 Comment 10826 views

Only Angels Have Wings airs February 22, 2013 on TCM at 5:45 pm EST. Howard Hawks is considered one of the great classic film directors. His contemporaries defined him as a “man’s man,” both in his attitude, demeanor and the ethos his characters displayed over his six decade long career span. Much of his tough […]

Who the hell is Elmo Lincoln?

Posted by Brandy Dean February 6, 2013 10 Comments 13821 views

This is a repost of last year’s Elmo Lincoln birthday post. I know so much more about him, thanks especially to @tpjost. I now know exactly who the hell Elmo Lincoln is and I’m here to say, he is awesome. Enjoy! I only ask because my totally awesome Silent Film calendar informs me that today […]

An Analysis of The Master – Submit to the Process

Posted by Oubah O. February 4, 2013 2 Comments 8734 views

“Flood-tide below me! I watch, you face to face.” This is the beginning of the Walt Whitman poem “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry,” and is visually enacted on the screen by Paul Thomas Anderson in his most recent film, The Master. This image stands as a signpost in a film that studies perception and the imagination-induced miracles that […]

The Murder of William Desmond Taylor

Posted by Brandy Dean February 1, 2013 9 Comments 20708 views

February 1, 2013 marks the 91 anniversary of the death by homicide of William Desmond Taylor. Taylor’s murder is a juicy 20’s Hollywood scandal that continues to intrigue people. While there was a rogue’s gallery of suspects (see below), Taylor’s murder remained unsolved. Here’s a piece I published in April of 2012 on William Desmond […]

Hope & Crosby’s “Road to” Irreverence

Posted by Wade Sheeler January 20, 2013 5 Comments 16244 views

Road to Morocco airs Thursday, January 24th on TCM Throughout film history, comedy teams have been a mainstay. From slapstick to verbal wit, there has been a team to match every taste. One of the most timeless, and oft imitated comedy teams, however, is Hope and Crosby. The year was 1939 and Paramount had the […]

Many Riches for Those Seeking The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)

Posted by Wade Sheeler January 11, 2013 3 Comments 9828 views

 The Treasure of the Sierra Madre airs on TCM on Saturday, January 11, 2013 at 5 pm EST. We all have them. The films that whenever they’re on, whenever we stumble upon them, we sit through all the way to the end, bad prints, commercials and all. I have about 10 of these, and vying […]

Brandy & Ben See Django at the TIFF Bell Lightbox

Posted by Brandy Dean December 11, 2012 1 Comment 6500 views

In the ramp up to the release of Quentin Tarantino’s hotly anticipated new movie, TIFF Bell Lightbox is screening Sergio Corbucci’s 1966 Django. This movie might rightfully be subtitled: The patient zero movie that launched 30-100 not-quite-official sequels featuring the character of Django. But that would be a mouthful, wouldn’t it? At any rate, Django […]

Georges Méliès and the Birth of Filmmaking

Posted by Brandy Dean December 8, 2012 2 Comments 25213 views

Georges Méliès was born on December 8, 1861. I says hats off (or heads off if you’re as talented as Monsieur Méliès) to the man who first recognized cinema’s potential for magic. To honor the bday of one of cinema’s greatest pioneers, here’s a repost of a Méliès primer that I wrote for the Toronto Film Scene, […]

Akira Kurosawa – Japan’s Greatest Director?

Posted by Brandy Dean November 15, 2012 1 Comment 7838 views

Here’s a piece I wrote for The Toronto Film Scene wherein I wonder if Akira Kurosawa is Japan’s greatest filmmaker. My takeaway is – impossible to say. Impossible for me, at least, because I don’t know much about Japanese cinema beyond, well, Akira Kurosawa. But I know great cinema when I see it, and Akira […]

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