Monsieur Hulot’s Holiday (1953)

It's a week after Bastille Day and we're having a heatwave. What better reasons to watch Monsieur Hulot's Holiday (1953)? Jacques Tati's delightful satire of vacationing at the French seashore is nearly silent, making it ideal for those who don't like subtitles. The dearth of dialog is more than compensated for by the music, Tati's […]

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 […]

Paul Newman, 1925-2008

The first modern movie star and one of the last surviving Hollywood legends, Paul Newman, died today of cancer at the age of 83. Aside from his awesome talent, matinee idol looks, and renowned philanthropy, Newman’s greatest legacy is the longevity of his career. The fact that he is as familiar to moviegoers from the […]