Archive | August 2013

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Summer’s Best…and the winner is:

Probably no surprise whatsoever to my regular readers. Richard Linklater’s “Before Midnight” is my favorite film of the season. It’s also my choice for the finest movie of the entire first 8 months of 2013, and it will undoubtedly be a major contender when my year-end Top Ten list rolls around by February 1st, or […]

Flashback: on 1965’s “The Gorgon”

Often, I tell friends and colleagues that I “cut my teeth” on horror films. Long unfairly considered to be an undistinguished and low-rent genre, it’s where I first discovered my movie love. When I was a young boy, horror films ran on broadcast television constantly. And not only on Friday and Saturday nights, but weekend […]

Twixt

Most of you probably aren’t even aware that the renowned Francis Ford Coppola is still making new films, and I couldn’t really blame you. After helming 1997’s “The Rainmaker”(based on the John Grisham novel of the same name), FFC vanished for a decade. He finally returned in 2007 with the dense, meditative puzzle “Youth Without […]

Julie Harris dies at 87…a Broadway and silver screen legend

She remains the only Broadway performer to win¬†five Tony Awards in the lead category(both Angela Lansbury and Audra McDonald have garnered five, but with some of the victories being in the Featured¬†Actress category). All of Julie’s wins were accomplished before I turned twelve years old, so unfortunately I never got to experience one of her […]

Hiatus Hits

Rarely do I allow a full 10 days go by without publishing new material. I believe the last time was around ten months ago, when Superstorm Sandy knocked out power on my block for about a week and a half. This latest sojourn was for a much more pleasant reason…sunning away on beautiful Block Island […]

The Cronenberg Chronicle-Phase Seventeen: Rabid (1977)

Just last week, on the “Byzantium” comment board, I found myself defending the modern “vampire” film and its endless variations. Ironically enough, right around that time, I was re-watching David Cronenberg’s “Rabid” in preparation for the penultimate entry in the monthly Cronenberg Chronicle. And as the initiated already know, the 1977 release is often dubbed […]

Bullet to the Head

Right in Walter Hill’s wheelhouse, and it’s nice to have him back. A little over a decade ago Hill directed a nifty little boxing gem called “Undisputed”, that was loosely based on Mike Tyson. It was gritty and tough, like most of Walter’s work, and it featured terrific perfs from Wesley Snipes, Ving Rhames and […]