Let us raise our cups. Standing as some of us do on opposite ends of the river, and drink together. … To the movies. To good movies. To every possible kind.” —Orson Welles’ AFI Life Achievement Award acceptance speech, Feb. … Continue reading One last toast to the wunkerkind: Dispatches from the 2018 Telluride Film Festival
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!
Comfort watching comes in all shapes in sizes. Sometimes it’s a chubby little cubby all stuffed with fluff. Other times it’s Gene Kelly dancing with an umbrella and splashing around in puddles. Diversion, you could call it: A moment of … Continue reading HIGH AND LOW (天国と地獄)
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
There comes a moment, nearly three-quarters through the abysmally dull and bizarre Deadhead Miles—starring Alan Arkin as a long-haul truck driver—where Arkin takes another driver aside to show him something in his cab. Curious, the driver peers into the truck and … Continue reading Terrence Malick Retrospective
It’s been 10 years since the Social-Democratic War of Liberation: “The most peaceful revolution the world has known.” So opens director Lizzie Borden’s incendiary 1983 film, Born in Flames—a guerrilla-style collage of archival footage, documentary, and scripted narrative that’s as relevant … Continue reading BORN IN FLAMES
Sara (Seret Scott), a middle-class philosophy professor, is looking for something a little more ecstatic than what’s she got. Her husband, Victor (Bill Gunn), is a painter—not to mention a philanderer—who wants to relocate to a summerhouse for the season. … Continue reading LOSING GROUND