Monthly Archives: January 2011

Shades Of Grey: Night & The City

                Crawl deep into the black heart of any city and you might come close to the depravity and criminal element on display in director Jules Dassin’s Night & The City.  Here stands … Continue reading

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Who’s the Driver? Who’s the Mechanic? A Post About Auteurs.

The auteur theory goes like this: a movie is a director’s vision, it reflects her vision, her personal taste, and she is the “author” of the film (auteur is French for “author”.) Despite the fact that a motion picture is … Continue reading

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Five Film Favorites: Civil War Stories

In case you haven’t noticed, here in Richmond, Virginia, located at the falls of the James River, we’re commemorating the beginning of the American Civil War (1861-65). It’s been 150 years since the United States broke into pieces at war … Continue reading

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Shades Of Grey: Crossfire

“Hate… is like a gun.  If you carry it around with you, it can go off and kill somebody.” A slap.  A punch.  Then, a quick one-two to the bread basket. Two men fight, their faces shrouded in darkness, their … Continue reading

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Post-Holiday Purchase Recommendation: The Complete Metropolis

My two best movie going experiences both occurred at the Music Box in Chicago, a magnificent venue that constantly showcases wonderful cinema. It is one of the things I miss most from my time spent in Chicago. In 2002 I … Continue reading

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New Column: Shades Of Grey

Barbara Stanwyck and Fred MacMurray in Billy Wilder’s Double Indemnity (1944). You could call me a film noir junkie, but you’d be wrong.  Sure, I’ve seen a few, and read a bit about what makes them work, but the simple … Continue reading

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