Monthly Archives: January 2011

Am I Blue? You Tell Me…

Let’s cut to the chase, shall we? I hated Blue Valentine (opening today at Bow Tie Cinemas.) But let’s acknowledge something else: I think it might be brilliant, and I’m still trying to get to the bottom of what it’s … Continue reading

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Five Film Favorites: Movies About Television

Six decades ago television was supposedly killing off both the radio and the movie-making industries. Over that span the impact of television on popular culture has had no equal, yet radio is still with us. And, it seems that no … Continue reading

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Shades Of Grey: T-Men

Knockout images from an indelible noir. Two treasury men slip undercover to expose a lethal counterfeiting operation. Dutch angles, deep focus, and hard faces linger long after the end credits roll. T-Men‘s cinematographer John Alton once said, “I could see … Continue reading

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One Curmudgeon’s Opinion: The Ten Most Over-Rated Films of All Time

NOTE: this article originally appeared, in somewhat different form, at The Bug. Being grouchy from both the inanity of the upcoming Oscars and the usual top ten lists everywhere, I found myself playing the list game again, hopefully releasing some … Continue reading

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Five Film Favorites: Screwball Comedies

The golden age of Hollywood’s Screwball Comedies was during the 10-year run-up to World War II. Since that time many popular feature films have imitated the style of those battle-of-the-sexes comedies — a few quite effectively — but the best … Continue reading

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Shades Of Grey: Bullet Holes

No time for a full review this week.  Instead, I offer you Bullet Holes, a select round-up of noir-worthy news from the Journal and beyond. — First up, let’s recap.  So far, I’ve gone on about my interest in noir … Continue reading

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Coen Brothers Redux

I am once again re-visiting the Coen Brothers and their work. While I have not had the opportunity to view True Grit, I had been, as I expressed in a previous post, excited about its release. Since then, various reviewers … Continue reading

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