Tag Archives: Carroll Baker

Tonight: The Core Club: Screening of Something Wild (1961)

I’m honored to moderate a QA session tonight at the Core Club with director Jack Garfein after a screening of his long-forgotten (but not anymore) masterpiece Something Wild, starring Carroll Baker and Ralph Meeker (with Mildred Dunnock in a small … Continue reading

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The Criterion Collection: the release of Something Wild (1961)

At long last, Something Wild, a nearly-unknown film from 1961, and a masterpiece, is available to purchase on Criterion. I was honored to be asked to write the essay, which is now up on Criterion’s site: Something Wild: Last Chances. … Continue reading

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Year in Review: Shooting My Mouth Off in 2016

I look at this and I wonder why I always feel like I haven’t done jack-squat. Or, at the very least, I could do more. Well, I always can do more. Regardless, here are links to some of the things … Continue reading

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Announcement: Something Wild (1961): Criterion Collection DVD-Blu-Ray release, January 17, 2017

So honored to have been asked to write the essay for Criterion’s release of Jack Garfein’s forgotten 1961 masterpiece, Something Wild. Developed independently, using Actors Studio people in the lead roles (Carroll Baker, Ralph Meeker, and Mildred Dunnock), Something Wild … Continue reading

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Giant (1956): 60th Anniversary Screening at Film Forum

September 30, 2016: QA with George Stevens Jr. – the son of the director – and Carroll Baker before the film, moderated by historian and writer Foster Hirsch Foster Hirsch: We are very lucky to have with us the son … 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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Year in Review

I may write some magnum opus in the next two days, you never know, but here are links to some of the things I’ve written in 2014, here and elsewhere. I have worked hard to keep my site an eclectic … Continue reading

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Something Wild (1961); directed by Jack Garfein

What a powerful and disturbing and mysterious film. [SPOILERS ABOUND BELOW.] Up until recently, it was virtually un-see-able. Not released on DVD, let alone VHS, and rarely screened. Kim Morgan, when she guest-programmed an episode of Turner Classic Movies for … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Carroll Baker

In honor of this actress’ birthday, here’s a repost of my review of her autobiography, which was hugely formative in making me who I am today (a large claim, but accurate). Baby Doll, by Carroll Baker When I was about … Continue reading

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The Books: “Baby Doll” (Carroll Baker)

Daily Book Excerpt: Entertainment Biography/Memoir: Baby Doll: An Autobiography, by Carroll Baker When I was about 12 years old, I first saw East of Eden, around the same time that I saw Dog Day Afternoon, a movie I didn’t really … Continue reading

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