Save your pennies, skip Film Forum and watch our classic pick on TV!
The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek (TCM, Sunday, 10:15 am) was the Juno of 1944. The full plot summary would require thousands of confusing words so let’s try long story short: Small town Trudy loves soldiers, which is why, the morning after Read More
“Using every threat, contract, and influence I could muster”: That’s John Huston in his 1980 autobiography, An Open Book, on how he fought Warner Bros. to release his 1967 adaptation of Carson McCullers’ novella, Reflections in a Golden Eye, in a diffuse amber wash that would give the film a golden tint. Warner agreed to Read More
I was of three minds,
Like a tree
In which there are three blackbirds.
–Wallace Stevens, “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird”
Wednesday, Aug. 26
First, because it is August, and because it is America, there are the prime-time reruns. Drew’s fridge breaks down. The Nanny doesn’t want to Read More
Prodigiously produced and researched, ambitiously acted, and grandiloquently scored by the eternal John Williams, Steven Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan is the ultimate buddy-buddy picture of the 90′s with surprisingly little moral, historical or emotional resonance, which is to say that I found it tediously manipulative despite its Herculean energy. Still, the nearly-three-hour-long boom-boom shaggy-dog story Read More
Peter Bogdanovich’s Movie of the Week
As questions of morality, ethics and honor in our society become ever more ambiguous, it might be salutary to see an American comedy of the highest order dealing with these troubling issues, made while World War II was daily bringing them in a different way vividly to the Read More