So much tragedy in your life. Those words are spoken in jail from one murderer to another. The two men are different: One is convicted and wearing a state-issued jumpsuit. The other is also wearing a suit. Only his is … Continue reading THE MANY SAINTS OF NEWARK
Mike’s cowboyin’ days are behind him. A lot of days are behind him, really, but he has one sizeable favor still hanging out there, and Howard has come to cash in. Howard has a son stuck in Mexico, and the … Continue reading CRY MACHO
On Jan. 1, 2020, Wuhan, China, welcomed a new year and a new decade. That same day, Chinese state media announced that eight individuals were arrested in conjunction with spreading rumors about a new form of pneumonia. Twenty-two days later, … Continue reading IN THE SAME BREATH and BRING YOUR OWN BRIGADE
On this week’s edition of After Image, I chat with Metro Arts’ producer Veronica Straight-Lingo about two new documentaries that make for one heck of a double feature: In the Same Breath (streaming now on HBO Max) and Bring Your … Continue reading
Alfred Hitchcock may not have invented the moving image, but he defined what it was capable of. Born Aug. 13, 1899, the son of a London grocer, Hitchcock’s career began in the silent era, at Germany’s famed UFA studios, before … Continue reading Alfred Hitchcock
Harold Lloyd’s Glasses character was a real go-getter. The middle-class boy next door could accomplish anything he put his mind to. And it made him immensely popular with the rah-rah-rah mentality of the Roaring Twenties. 1923’s Safety Last! might be his best, … Continue reading SAFETY LAST!
On this edition of After Image, I chat with Metro Arts’ producer Veronica Straight-Lingo about Undine (currently in limited release) and In the Heights (now in wide release and on HBO Max until July 11). Listen to After Image, Fridays … Continue reading
A young woman knows where she is going. She always has. Today it is to the island of Kiloran in the Scottish Hebrides. It will take a day and a night to get there—first by train, then by boat—but when … Continue reading I KNOW WHERE I’M GOING!
Director Jacques Demy sought to make a movie that would make audiences cry. He succeeded in spades. It helps that Michelle Legrande provided one of the most indelible film scores of all time, and cinematographer Jean Rabier found the sourness … Continue reading THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG