The Five Lost Hitchcocks

I can't overemphasize the importance to my development as a film aficionado of the re-release of the Five Lost Hitchcocks in 1983. Even though I had been exposed to so many pictures before I was 17, including such great Hitchcock creations as Psycho and Strangers on A Train, these didn't include Rear Window or Vertigo. […]

Arrested Development (2003-2006, 2013)

A string of elaborate set-ups to clever but odd punchlines in sitcom format. Fantastic. Tags: 2000s, comedy, commentary, essay, television

Leave Her to Heaven (1945)

From its first shot, Leave Her to Heaven proves that film noir need not be in black and white or in an urban setting to be a great example of the genre. Director John Stahl uses lurid technicolor in the New Mexico and Maine wilderness to provide an atmosphere that is as effectively unsettling as […]

Boston, April 15, 2013

On Monday, April 15, I had an uneasy feeling about the terrible events unfolding in Boston. Of course, as a human, I was shocked and saddened. As an American, I was horrified and angered. As a transplanted Bostonian, I was devastated and bewildered. However, I also had a queasy feeling of deja vu. No, it […]

Tokyo Story (1953) and Brief Encounter (1945)

I sometimes like to pair or group movies, though not usually two of my favorites. Typically, I like to link films that superficially have little in common, but are tied together by something important, like a theme or something as small as a prop. However, Tokyo Story (1953) and Brief Encounter(1945) definitely belong together. They […]

Blue Velvet (1986)

Blue Velvet (1986) was audacious, exciting, and original when it premiered more than 20 years ago. In retrospect, however, director David Lynch’s work doesn’t seem as groundbreaking as it once appeared.¬† I first saw the movie the night it opened in Washington, D.C. Based on media buzz and the interest of friends, I was so […]