Halloween recommendation

Looking for something truly scary to spice up a movie night as Halloween approaches? Eyes Without A Face (1960) will do the trick. This French horror film is creepy, frightening, gruesome, and mysterious. At its heart is a family drama about a doctor seeking a treatment for his disfigured daughter, who is compelled to wear […]

Detour (1945)

You should be watching the Bruins and Blackhawks battle for the Stanley Cup or a baseball game, preferably the Red Sox. Or you should be biking, barbecuing, or swimming. However, if you really want to take in a movie, I recommend Detour (1945). Edgar Ulmer's masterwork is barely over an hour, making it a nice […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Lady From Shanghai (1948)

“Killing you is killing myself.” Everett Sloane to Rita Hayworth Sometimes the parts are greater than the whole. Exhibit A is The Lady From Shanghai. Tags: 1940s, cult movies, drama, film noir, U.S.

The Big Heat (1953)

The most striking thing about this violent crime drama is its bloodlessness. This is a bracing dose of modernity that presages the likes of Chinatown, L.A. Confidential, and the Sopranos, yet not a single drop of blood is shed. Even as the body count mounts, with as many murders happening on screen as off, with […]