Author Archives: Peter Schilling

Dear Mr. Eastwood

“If it were all in the script, why make the film?” –Nicholas Ray Dear Mr. Eastwood, I’m writing this open letter that you undoubtedly won’t read, because I have a question: why did you make J. Edgar? Seriously. I don’t … Continue reading

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Five Film Favorites: Felines!

In honor of the arrival of our new kitten, Baby,┬ánamed after you-know-who (see below), I’d like to give a brief shout-out to that most unheralded of movie creatures: the cat. Everyone loves dogs, see, but the cat, well, the cat … Continue reading

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Missing the Ball

Baseball fans have always loved to imagine the great “what-ifs” of the sport. What if Ted Williams and Joe DiMaggio had been traded? What if Buckner hadn’t let that ball go through his legs? What if the Red Sox signed … Continue reading

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Stuck in Neutral

Drive, Danish film director Nicolas Winding Refn’s first American movie (starting today at the Bow Tie Cinemas), opens with one of the most assured sequences I’ve seen in movies in a long, long time. Ryan Gosling plays the Driver (a … Continue reading

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The American Disease

It starts with one person, as I suppose it always does. Beth Emhoff (Gwyneth Paltrow) is an executive at a multinational headquartered in Minnesota. She is returning from Hong Kong, has a layover in Chicago and is fighting a cough. … Continue reading

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The Strange Case of L. B. Jones

There is a fascinating opinion piece by Professor Patricia A. Turner in a recent edition of the New York Times. In it, she argues that the current hit film The Help perpetuates “dangerous white stereotypes”–that the only racists that existed … Continue reading

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Five Film Favorites: The Greatest Baseball Scenes

All right, I’ll say it: there has never been a great baseball movie. Yes, baseball fans, you can shout and scream and cajole, but I stand firm: any of the titles you can throw my way may be good, but … Continue reading

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Five Film Favorites: Poetry in the Movies

With the announcement that my favorite poet, Philip Levine, was named the Poet Laureate of the United States, I thought it apropos to write a piece about the moments in movies when poetry is recited, or invoked. The movies below … Continue reading

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A Forgotten Film about Forgotten People

Last week, I wrote about how the poor and downtrodden seem to have been forgotten by Hollywood, and referenced a wonderful and modest little movie called Scarecrow. Scarecrow is a movie you should seek out, and seeking is something you’ll … Continue reading

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Let Us Now Praise Famous Men

Where have all the poor people gone? As our government is on the verge of shutdown, nearly 10% unemployed and tons more under-employed, one would think that the cinematic landscape would be filled with throngs of characters struggling to pay … Continue reading

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