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April 2016 Viewing Diary

The Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016; d. Taika Waititi) My favorite thing I saw at Tribeca. It hasn’t opened yet but this is one you want to see. My review here. Midsummer in Newtown (2016; d. Lloyd Kramer) I was … Continue reading

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December 2015 Viewing Diary

Christmas, Again (2015; d. Charles Poekel) So good. I reviewed for Rogerebert.com. Back Street (1932; John M. Stahl) Back Street is the story of a woman who allows herself to be a “back street” woman: a long-time mistress to a … 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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July 2015 viewing diary

Faith of Our Fathers (2015; d. Carey Scott). A poorly done Christian movie. My review at Rogerebert.com. In Stereo (2015; d. Mel Rodriguez III). The second terrible movie I’ve had to see and review in June. My review at Rogerebert.com. … Continue reading

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Supernatural: Season 2, Episode 6: “No Exit”

Directed by Kim Manners Written by Matt Witten “So this is hell. I’d never have believed it. You remember all we were told about the torture-chambers, the fire and brimstone, the “burning marl.” Old wives’ tales! There’s no need for … Continue reading

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“Walter, you’re wonderful, in a loathsome sort of way.”

Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell in “His Girl Friday” Bright Wall/Dark Room is a new monthly movie magazine created by the team at Bright Wall/Dark Room. The latest issue has journalism as its theme, and they asked me to write … Continue reading

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Seen Recently: The Train Robbers (1973), Dark City (1998), Easy A (2010), His Girl Friday (1940), She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949)

The Train Robbers directed by Burt Kennedy Somehow I missed this totally entertaining film, despite my love for John Wayne, Ann-Margret (and Ben Johnson)! An absolutely gorgeous LOOKING film (it was cinematographer William H. Clothier’s final film), it stars John … Continue reading

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“He Did a Fabulous Job with Presley, You Know.” – Howard Hawks on Colonel Tom Parker

In 1976, 80-year-old American director Howard Hawks was interviewed by the staff of Wide Angle I:2, including Peter Lehman, Marilyn Campbell, and Lynne Goddard. In his introduction, Peter Lehman writes: At age eighty, Mr. Hawks is an extremely alert, lively … Continue reading

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“You’re getting a little normal.” – Howard Hawks to Cary Grant

From Who the Devil Made It: Conversations with Legendary Film Directors, by Peter Bogdanovich By the end of the film, would you say that [Cary] Grant has abandoned his scientific life? Well, let’s say he mixed it. He had an … Continue reading

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Only Angels Have Wings: The Atmospheric Opening

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