Michael Curtiz
Columns // 2 Articles
Reviews // 6 Articles
Blogs // 7 Articles

Ruining Their Reputations: Pre-Code Movies Have a Naughty Reputation That's Not Always Deserved
1 Jul 2012 // 5:10 PM

Not every pre-Code film is a Scarface or Baby Face; some are only mediocre faces.

Tearjerkers, Weepies, Three-hanky Pictures, Sudsers & Other Such 'Balloon Juice'
14 Nov 2010 // 3:00 PM

Men's movies show us a fantasy of the man we'd like to be (Tarzan or James Bond or Sam Spade), while women's movies are transmogrified dreams of women's real lives.


The Comancheros
1 Jun 2011 // 3:58 PM

A Texas Ranger and a smooth-talking gambler go undercover to take down a notorious gang of gunrunners.

White Christmas and It’s a Wonderful Life
9 Nov 2009 // 2:58 PM

While they might be right out of the Saturday Evening Post with their Norman Rockwell-esque moralizing and message, one cannot deny how thoroughly entertaining and iconic they both are.


A Profile of the Great Profile: 'The Mad Genius' and 'The Great Man Votes'
19 Nov 2015 // 2:30 AM

Two performances from John Barrymore take us from pre-Code camp to prescient political satire.

Double Take: The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
26 Jan 2015 // 5:39 AM

Double Take examines Errol Flynn's classic take on this vigilante archer: a bold, impudent rascal that speaks treason fluently, capturing hearts when he isn't shooting arrows into them.

//Mixed media

Because Blood Is Drama: Considering Carnage in Video Games and Other Media

// Moving Pixels

"It's easy to dismiss blood and violence as salacious without considering why it is there, what its context is, and what it might communicate.

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