Tag Archives: Bette Davis

NY Times re-cap: Feud: Bette and Joan, episode 3 “Mommie Dearest”

“Not you-OUU BITCH!” is, so far, my favorite line reading of 2017. My re-cap of episode 3 of Feud is now up at the NY Times.

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Feud: Bette and Joan: Episode 2 re-cap for The NY Times

My re-cap for Episode 2 of Feud is now up at the NY Times.

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Feud: Bette and Joan: Episode 1 re-cap for The New York Times

I’m so happy to be making my debut in The New York Times with re-caps for Feud, the new FX series created by Ryan Murphy, about the legendary feud between Bette Davis and Joan Crawford. There’s so much to discuss … Continue reading

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James Baldwin on Bette Davis

From James Baldwin’s The Devil Finds Work, an indispensable work of not only film criticism but cultural commentary and observation. Here is Baldwin on the impact seeing Bette Davis on the screen for the first time made on him as … Continue reading

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February 2017 Viewing Diary

Silence (2016; d. Martin Scorsese) I was completely flattened by this gorgeous and overwhelming movie. Most of the Oscar winners pale in comparison to what was going on in this film, directed by an absolute master. Passionate, reflective, powerful. 50 … Continue reading

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“Come on, Oscar, let’s you and me get drunk!”

To all the Oscar-winners tonight, congratulations! But just remember: chances are at one point in your life you will be like Bette Davis in The Star, talking to your Oscar as you drive drunk through Beverly Hills, wondering if you … Continue reading

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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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May 2016 Viewing Diary

Supernatural, Season 3, Episode 5, “Bedtime Stories” (2007; d. Mike Rohl) So silly. Supernatural, Season 3, Episode 6, “Red Sky at Morning” (2007; d. Cliff Bole) I like this episode a lot. I don’t care that the SPN writers threw … Continue reading

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February 2016 Viewing Diary

X Files, Season 10, Episode 2 “Founder’s Mutation” (2016; d. James Wong) Mythology! Now listen: I haven’t seen the finale yet. I will this Saturday with my partner-in-crime Keith. So no spoilers – it has taken superhuman strength to stay … 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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