The Story: First of all, Merry Christmas. Or, as I like to call it Judaic Film Festivus—the best day of the year for going to movies.Second of all, remember that it is Old… Read More
"Just Because It's Fiction Doesn't Make it a Lie"*or"Cavorting, Twinkling, and Prancing to a Happy Ending Like a Kamikaze"Mary Poppins was a bitch. That's been my joke for a long time… Read More
Feeding the BeastorTo Kill a Mocking-jayI mocked The Hunger Games rather mercilessly when it came out (as if it would prevent a single sou from entering its coffers) , because even though it… Read More
Another scene from the incomparable Peter O'Toole. This is one of my favorites. Obviously, as it was the first of these I was ever inspired to do. The Story: Someone asked me… Read More
Ice-Ice, Babyor(The Cold Never Bothered Me, Anyway...)Disney's latest animated feature—not in the flat 2-D classic animation, but in the 3-D pixilated version ala Tangled—is "ins… Read More
Maintaining Good Working HobbitsorA Dense Overlay of SmaugThe second of Peter Jackson's three "Hobbit" films, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is, predictably, more of the same. It'… Read More
The Story: "I read the news today, ooooh boy."Peter Seamus O'Toole died Saturday at the age of 81 years of living life to the full and relishing a career as an actor, communicating tha… Read More
49th Parallel (aka The Invaders) (Michael Powell, 1941)Interesting propaganda film to promote the war effort by the British government, made by "The Archers" (Emeric Pressburger and Michael… Read More
The Talk of the Town (George Stevens, 1942) One could almost look at The Talk of the Town as being a sequel of sorts to Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, focusing on the judicial branch, rather… Read More
Part 2: The Cosmopolitan YearsIt's always been "The Coen Brothers" as a writing-directing team, although Joel is more often the guy calling the camera shots and both Ethan and he write the s… Read More
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