Thursday, June 13 2013
Perfect Understanding presages romantic comedies like Four Weddings and a Funeral and Friends with Benefits.
Monday, March 16 2009
Watching the original with its sequel draws attention to the subtle but inarguably greater care Friedkin brought to the earlier film.
Thursday, November 20 2008
If I had to pinpoint one reason for Rebecca’s prestige it is precisely this: the film’s interest in the natural over the supernatural and the emotional over the sensational.
Thursday, July 17 2008
In what might be called the curse of Chekhov, the common setting is a living room, the common characters a family, and the common dynamic a stew of bitter backbiting and recrimination that ultimately gives the lie to Tolstoy, because here each unhappy family seems perfectly alike.
Thursday, February 28 2008
The rather complex ideological issues and unique sense of aesthetics that Frankenheimer infused in his films can be fully appreciated in this collection.
Tuesday, January 29 2008
Monday, February 7 2005
The film's primary appeal is the bizarre turn by Noel Coward as Wilson (one of several 'eccentrics' the film trots out to otherize London even as it pathologizes at least one of the yanks).
Monday, July 12 2004
The Manchurian Candidate throws into horrific relief a chaotic sense of U.S. national identity.
Tuesday, October 14 2003
John Frankenheimer's 'Black Sunday' serves as something of a transition between 'New Hollywood' and the more spectacular films that came later.
Sunday, January 1 1995
The spirit of world class schlock-horror promoter William Castle was in the theater recently, during a preview screening of Pitch Black, as flashlights were given to a number of audience members.