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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Warm and Smooth: The Sound of Analog Audio Recordings

Analog When most people think of analog audio they might think of the compact cassette tape.  A modest technology that pushed the realm of portable sound and forever changed the landscape of human interaction with recorded music.  The Sony Walkman … Continue reading

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This Week’s Birthday: Faye Dunaway

Wow. Faye Dunaway. This is one of the most bizarre careers ever in Hollywood, and it confounds and astounds me. Look at her in Bonnie & Clyde, a whirlwind mass of neuroses, and the girl who makes that Sheriff Frank … Continue reading

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Five Film Favorites: Best Picture Winners

It’s cold outside and, yes, we’re in the midst of the awards season. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will announce the nominees for Best Picture later this month. The Academy started handing out the awards first for … Continue reading

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