Tag Archives: Barbara Stanwyck

For Today, But Really Every Day: Ladies I Love

I love these women for a variety of reasons: they inspire, they entertain, they challenge, they leave me in awed silence, they provoke, or they were “there” in my most formative years, holding out a torch to lead the way. … Continue reading

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September 2016 Viewing Diary

Kicks (2016; d. Justin Tipping) Absolutely loved it. There have been so many excellent first-time directors making features this year. My review for Rogerebert.com. Kiss Me Deadly (1955; d. Robert Aldrich) I love this bizarre paranoid insanely phantasmagorical … film … Continue reading

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“14 watercolors ….” Howard Hawks’ Ball of Fire at the Film Forum

Not as well-known as some other Howard Hawks films (or Billy Wilder scripts, for that matter), Ball of Fire, starring Gary Cooper as the nerdy linguistics professor (only in Hollywood ) and Barbara Stanwyck as the wise-cracking two-bit showgirl Sugarpuss … Continue reading

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November 2015 Viewing Diary

Spotlight (2015; d. Tom McCarthy) Excellent newspaper movie. I reviewed for Rogerebert.com. Supernatural, Season 11, Episode 4, “Baby” (2015; d. Thomas J. Wright) Perfection, both formally and structurally as well as emotionally and spiritually. Truth (2015; d. James Vanderbilt) Another … Continue reading

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August 2015 Viewing Diary

Smell of Camphor, Scent of Jasmine (2000; d. Bahman Farmanara). A profound and touching (and very funny) film from Iran, written and directed by and starring Farmanara. It tells the story of a death-obsessed film director who hasn’t made a … Continue reading

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February 2015: Viewing Diary

Two Days, One Night (2014; Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne). My friend Dan referred to the movie as a “Sunday school lesson” and, you know, I can see his point. But I found it absolutely riveting, one of the best portraits … Continue reading

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Close Readings: A QA with Greil Marcus About The History of Rock ‘n’ Roll In Ten Songs

Greil Marcus’ latest book is The History of Rock ‘n’ Roll in Ten Songs, a non-chronologically-ordered eccentric book, focusing on 10 songs that Marcus has chosen for his own reasons (reasons which he went into in the QA below). Part … Continue reading

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Supernatural: Season 1, Episode 16: “Shadow”

Directed by Kim Manners Written by Eric Kripke “Sam, this is bigger than you think.” – John Winchester said. I’ll say. Shadow is one of the rare urban-setting episodes, which always seems to bring out interesting romantic things in the … Continue reading

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Her Anklet

I love this piece of cinematic/literary analysis and appreciation by Glenn Kenny about that gold anklet Barbara Stanwyck wears in Double Indemnity.

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Seen Recently: Meet John Doe (1941), A Short Film About Love (1988), The Heiress (1949)

Meet John Doe directed by Frank Capra In his autobiography, Frank Capra opens the section on Meet John Doe with these words: Making a film out of Meet John Doe proved to be as full of surprises as breaking a … Continue reading

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