Monthly Archives: March 2011

Five Film Favorites: The Sweet Science of Bruising

Has there ever been a sport better examined by cinema than boxing? The “sweet science of bruising” (as A. J. Liebling put it) pits man against man (or woman against woman, but I’ll be damned if I’m putting that lousy … Continue reading

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The Performance of History: Demain des l’aube

History, as defined by its own disciplinary parameters, would seemingly always exist separate from the acts of performance, production, creation, and invention.  After all, the “looking back” that is required from history’s intellectual demands emphasizes understanding how and why performance, production, creation, and invention … Continue reading

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This Week’s Birthday: Joan Crawford

Ah, Joan Crawford. What does the name mean to you? For a lot of us–too many of us, I think–the name “Joan Crawford” immediately conjures up that hideous mask, the black gown, the screeching “No more wire hangars EVER!” And … Continue reading

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Five Film Favorites: Desert Island Movies

I think it’s safe to assume that cinephiles – and that includes you, Journal reader – have a list of movies they’d take with them to a desert island, if their life ever warranted such an isolating and liberating change. … Continue reading

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Shades Of Grey: The Prowler

You will bow to The Prowler. Written by blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo and directed by Joseph Losey, The Prowler is a dark, subversive look at the desire for status and success. Van Heflin’s shady patrolman responds to Evelyn Keyes’ housewife’s … Continue reading

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Loving the Alien

Chemistry’s a great thing. There are piles and piles of celluloid devoted to the lovely “click” between a pair of comic buffoons: Laurel & Hardy, Abbot & Costello, Martin & Lewis, Hope & Crosby, to name but a few of … Continue reading

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Five Film Favorites: Films about Writers

When James Parrish first asked me to write for the JRFJ, he had been told I had been an English major and worked in academia.  During one conversation, he told me that he had operated under the assumption that many people interested in the artistic production of … Continue reading

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A Documentary Worth Getting Stung For by David Stover

Honeybees are not usually a topic of film discourse unless maybe it’s Irwin Allen’s The Swarm (1978) starring Michael Caine, Katharine Ross and a boat load of other famous tired actors. Honeybees have been in the media quite a bit … Continue reading

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Spring Training Recommendation: Sugar

Since I devoted my last column to a cricket film, I thought that I would spend my time this week on a film about baseball, cricket’s long-lost American cousin. Spring training is now well under way, and if you are looking for … Continue reading

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Noir in the Cold of the Day

There’s a crooked cop. An ex-con. A nightclub singer whose gambling debts have overtaken him. Put these three together, along with a hick bank with too much cash on its hands, shoot it all in moody black and white, and … Continue reading

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