Author Archives: Peter Schilling

I Wish I Had Five Film Favorites for Meryl…

As a sometimes film programmer for the Trylon microcinema, a great little theater in Minneapolis, I’m always thinking in terms of building series around themes, titles, and, of course, actors and actresses. The latter are my favorite: in the past, … Continue reading

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Five Film Favorites: Christmas Movies of the Damned

The Christmas season is a boom time financially for Hollywood, and it’s also when moviegoers get that soggy glow in their eyes as they remember their holiday favorites. It’s A Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street, Holiday Inn, The Shop … Continue reading

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Five Film Favorites: Forgotten Modern Noirs

What exactly is noir, anyway? Its name suggests that the movie must be in black and white, and yet, who can deny that Polanski’s Chinatown is a noir masterpiece? Others think that noir is specific to a time, namely the … Continue reading

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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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