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. […]

Vertigo (1958)

Not just one of Alfred Hitchcock's masterpieces, Vertigo (1958) is one of the best movies. This psychological thriller remains as controversial and unique as when it was first released, in part due to its themes of necrophilia and romantic obsession, unresolved plot discrepancies, off-putting plot twists, as well as Kim Novak's acting job–with some saying […]

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 […]

The Marjorie Rambeau Effect, Part 1

During the history of the Academy Awards, the maximum number of nominees permitted in various categories has changed. Also, rules about how many films a single person can be nominated for has changed as well. In fact, the actual categories themselves have come and gone from year to year. Until the 1950s there was no […]

State of the Art

I recently decided to start this blog after encountering far too many factual errors in movie reviews. And I’m not just talking about reviews by non-professional critics or people like me–movie lovers sharing their knowledge and passion with the world. No, I’m talking about writers who should know better because their critiques are carried by […]