Bull Durham (1988)

After almost two weeks of focusing on the Boston bombing and keeping this site quiet, I’ve decided to restart film blogging. However, I’m not going to jump in by spouting off about something overly light on the assumption that it’s deserved. As a Bostonian, the attack was personal and is still fresh. It’s unlikely to […]

Hobson’s Choice (1954)

The later career of David Lean–typified by monumental epics like Lawrence of Arabia and Dr. Zhivago–is of little interest to me. Instead, I’m a great fan of Lean’s earlier gems. Brief Encounter is one of my very favorite movies by any director and I’ve always been fond of Summertime and Blithe Spirit. Hobson’s Choice, another […]

North By Northwest (1959)

North By Northwest is probably Hitchcock’s most fun picture. Rear Window, my favorite, has fun elements, but the brutal homicide–off-camera, granted–at its core is the subject of much graphic byplay. Northwest’s violence, on the other hand, is comic. Even the UN stabbing is bloodless. And sex constantly threatens to overtake the thriller aspects of the […]

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 […]

John Hughes, 1950-2009

One of the people who made the 1980s such a great decade (at least for me) passed away suddenly on August 6. This loss is tragic, but we actually lost Hughes cinematically more than two decades ago. Beginning with National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983) (which he wrote), John Hughes wrote, directed, or produced some of the […]

You Can’t Take It With You (1938)

Okay, I know I said that I’m not a big fan of director Frank Capra. However, I did say that I do like several of his movies. You Can’t Take It With You (1938) is one of them. One thing that probably attracts me to this best picture and director Oscar winner is the source […]