Category Archives: History

THE BLACK HOLE: Disney’s Strangely Entertaining Journey Into The Unknown

The jaw-dropping critical and commercial success of the original Star Wars (or Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope if you’re a purist, or George Lucas), a film that was being written off as a flop before its release even … Continue reading

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Overlooking/ Looking Over Huston

When director John Huston died in 1987 during post-production of James Joyce’s The Dead, filmdom lost its last reigning monarch—for Huston was the last of the Hollywood lions, harking from D. W. Griffith through Howard Hawks and John Ford. But if … Continue reading

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Déjà vu

A view through an iris, followed by a direct cut to a kiss. In 1957, it was Gene Barry and Eve Brent in Sam Fuller’s western Forty Guns. Three years later, it was Jean Seberg and Jean-Paul Belmondo in Jean-Luc … Continue reading

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Five Film Favorites: The Sound of (Relative) Silence

Apropos of Jean Dujardin’s Oscar triumph last month, I’ve been pondering some of the great nearly silent performances in cinema. David Thomson once wrote (in an essay I can’t find for the life of me) about the limitations of silent … Continue reading

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How About 139 Worthwhile Movies? Part Two

Why another list of old movies? With the Biograph Theatre’s 40th anniversary celebration next month in mind, my hope is that a reader might be persuaded to take a chance on watching one or two on this list. The movies … Continue reading

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How About 139 Worthwhile Movies? Part One

Why another list of old movies? With the Biograph Theatre’s 40th anniversary celebration on the horizon, my lofty hope is that a reader might be persuaded to take a chance on one or two on this list, titles they’ve previously … Continue reading

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(Possible) Recommendation: Hugo

In an earlier recommendation, I described The Muppets (2011) and two other autumn releases, Hugo (2011) and The Artist (2011), as attempting to conjure up memories of prior art and entertainment.  While I lauded The Muppets, I could not comment … Continue reading

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