Bigger Than Life (1956)

Bigger Than Life is a terrific combination of three film types that flourished in the repressed cinema of the 1950s: the thriller, the suburban melodrama, and the “message movie.” However, a description of its fairly simple premise—James Mason is a teacher addicted to cortisone used to treat a chronic illness—makes it sound less than compelling. […]

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 […]