Reviews // 7 Articles
Blogs // 9 Articles
The Hollywood Star as Fetish Object: Joan Crawford in 'Mildred Pierce'
4 Jun 2017 // 9:30 PM
Joan Crawford embodies the universal cipher: a flat, empty surface that reflects anything but reveals nothing. There was never a more perfect actress.
Ruining Their Reputations: Pre-Code Movies Have a Naughty Reputation That's Not Always Deserved
1 Jul 2012 // 6:10 PM
Not every pre-Code film is a Scarface or Baby Face; some are only mediocre faces.
A Nice Guy in Noirland Reaches 'The Breaking Point'
17 Aug 2017 // 3:30 AM
This 1950 adaptation of Ernest Hemingway's To Have and Have Not features John Garfield and director Michael Curtiz at their best.
1 Jun 2011 // 4:58 PM
A Texas Ranger and a smooth-talking gambler go undercover to take down a notorious gang of gunrunners.
How It Slips Away: 'The Breaking Point' Crosses Hemingway With Noir
21 Aug 2017 // 5:29 AM
Whether we've seen or read the story before, we ache for these sympathetic, floundering people presented to us gravely and without cynicism, even when cynical themselves.
From Hungary to Hollywood: "The Undesirable"
23 May 2016 // 9:45 PM
At just over an hour, a lot happens in this broadly gestured, melodramatic story set in Transylvania.