Tag Archives: Spencer Tracy

Movie Going: The Drive-In

I’ve been considering movies from the perspective of the personal experience – not the one where we respond individually to film as art. And not the one where our analysis of a film is guided by our personal approach to … Continue reading

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Five Film Favorites: The 1930s

Last week Peter Schilling seemed to suggest that the 1970s was the best decade for filmmakers, which unleashed a wave of great films. It’s not an observation I will quibble with now. Movie-wise, the ‘70s was good to me… During … Continue reading

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Five Film Favorites: American Politics

With the midterm elections just 12 days away, the scent of politics is in the air. Can’t you smell the tea brewing? Yes, this is the year of the Tea Party Effect. No doubt, some of this year’s unusual politicians … Continue reading

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Five Film Favorites: Courtroom Trials

Although most legal problems are solved in routine ways that wouldn’t serve as fodder for an interesting movie plot, well-made suspenseful dramas set in the courtroom make for some of the best feature films. The credits usually play out over … Continue reading

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10 FILMS I WISH I’D WATCHED WITH MY DAD

This idea grew out of conversations with Peter Schilling and James Parrish during the 17th James River Film Festival in March 2010. My father had passed the summer previous, and I remembered all the classic movies we’d watched together (from … Continue reading

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