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 […]

It’s A Wonderful Life (1945)

Singin’ In The Rain is the best musical, Casablanca is the greatest love story, Vertigo is the best thriller, Bringing Up Baby is the best screwball comedy, Double Indemnity and Out of the Past are the tops in film noir, Chinatown is the best modern film noir, Tokyo Story is the finest non-English-language movie, Annie […]

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 […]