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. […]

What’s so great about movies?

A movie is a unique art form and as such should be unlike any other. This goal is most challenging for filmmakers who are making movies based on something else–another art form, such as a novel, play, short story, painting, ballet, or magazine article; or real life events, such as someone’s life or a historical […]