Author Archives: sheila

R.I.P. Gene Wilder

I said what I needed to say on Twitter. Humphrey Bogart said that good acting was “6 feet back” in the eyes. Gene Wilder exemplified that. For example this: Actors watch a moment like that and have the same reaction … Continue reading

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2012’s Rust and Bone: Four Motifs (With Overlap)

I’ve been working on a lengthy post about this great film, Rust and Bone, directed by Jacques Audiard. Figured this – a glimpse at the interconnected visual motifs in the film – would be a good teaser. One motif belongs … Continue reading

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Supporting Actress Smackdown of 1984

I have been following Nathaniel Rogers’ wonderful Oscar smackdown series for YEARS. He was one of the first film bloggers I discovered, back in the dark ages of time, so it’s super fun that I finally get to participate in … Continue reading

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Review: In Order of Disappearance (2016)

My review of In Order of Disappearance – a revenge-thriller-comedy – is now up at

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Attn: Jazz Buffs + People Who Saw Whiplash

I am no jazz buff. I liked Whiplash (with some serious reservations), but didn’t know enough to really judge the music being presented. It’s not like watching a movie about Alexander Hamilton or Stalin or Elvis, where I would be … Continue reading

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Telegram from Elvis and The Colonel, February 1964

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Review: Spa Night (2016)

A gentle and slow and repressed “coming out but not really” story, taking place in the Koreatown neighborhood in Los Angeles. A first feature. Pacing-wise and story-wise, it has a couple of issues, but in general it’s a good film … Continue reading

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Every Week Is “Elvis Week” Around Here

He was “Touched.” Or, as Lester Bangs wrote: “The only credible explanation is that Elvis was from another planet.” One of a kind.

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“I knew there was something I was never gonna see again.” – Bill Murray on why he went to Elvis’ funeral

Bill Murray crashing Elvis’ funeral, August 16, 1977 There’s no video, but here’s the audio of Murray telling David Letterman the story:

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Saying Good-Bye to Elvis

Graceland at sunset, 2013, on Elvis’ birthday. Taken by yours truly. Where Were You When Elvis Died? by Lester Bangs The Village Voice, 29 August 1977 Where were you when Elvis died? What were you doing and what did it … Continue reading

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