Monthly Archives: February 2011

Roger Ebert and The Joy of the Bad Review

When I am winding down at night I will, as so many other do, flip through an endless array of channels hoping to find a good movie. HBO, Cinemax, and other basic cable channels will have an array of films playing … Continue reading

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Cinematic Pugilism: The Chaplin v. Keaton Debate

“Yeah, but they’re both great, aren’t they?” –Anonymous friend of mine, whom I guess is right. Gary Cooper v. John Wayne. Bette Davis v. Joan Crawford. Robert DeNiro v. Al Pacino. Adam Sandler v. Jim Carrey. Those battles never existed, … Continue reading

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Five Film Favorites: Charles Bronson

Hollywood first knew Charles Bronson as Charles Buchinsky.  Beginning in 1951, a string of uncredited roles eventually led to memorable turns in a few well known pictures, among them Andre de Toth’s House of Wax (which I’ve had the good … Continue reading

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Shades Of Grey: The Naked City

Arguably film noir‘s most fertile playground, the urban landscape offers limitless potential for dark & dirty deeds. From the dingiest alleyway to the swankiest high rise apartment, the city knows no end to intrigue and scandal. New York City’s rich … Continue reading

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Five Film Favorites: Westerns set in the 20th Century

When I first began writing for the James River Film Journal, the first article I came across was F.T. Rea’s “Five Film Favorites: Westerns.”  Rea’s list spanned from Stagecoach (1939) to Unforgiven (1992) and contained films from the ’40s, ’50s, and … Continue reading

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Shades Of Grey: In A Lonely Place

I was born when she kissed me.  I died when she left me.  I lived a few weeks when she loved me. Nicholas Ray’s film noir IN A LONELY PLACE has the unique distinction of being less about a murder … Continue reading

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What the Oscars Do Well: John Hawkes and Jacki Weaver

Regular readers of this journal will already recognize the futility of railing against the Oscars and how and whom they nominate.  The Oscars will not change, nor are they the necessary guideposts that lead us to great cinema and wonderful artistic performances.  … Continue reading

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