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Friday, July 11 2014

‘Southern Comfort’ Is Populated By Tropes

Walter Hill's talkiest action film boasts one of his best stories, but isn't the forgotten classic one might hope for.


Thursday, July 10 2014

In ‘A Hard Day’s Night’, Trifle Becomes Transcendent

Silly plot aside, the real attraction to A Hard Day’s Night is the music and the way it is presented.


Wednesday, July 9 2014

‘Quadrophenia: Live In London’ Proves That the Four Sides of the Who Are Still Alive and Well

For any a fan of The Who’s “Maximum R&B” music, this is as close to being there as you can possibly get without a time machine and a hefty ticket charge.


Tuesday, July 8 2014

The Groundbreaking Wonderfulness of ‘I Spy’

I Spy is filled with revolutionary diversity, exotic filming locations, and a textbook example of on screen chemistry.


Monday, July 7 2014

A Tree Grows in Stoningham: ‘All That Heaven Allows’

There’s no scenery chewing in All That Heaven Allows, just very eloquent décor.


Wednesday, July 2 2014

Howard Hawks and John Wayne Defined a Genre with ‘Red River’

It’s nearly impossible to not get roped in by the easy banter of the dialogue, the epic drama, and the luminous images of this quintessential Western.


Tuesday, July 1 2014

Going ‘Up the Junction’ to Get Down with the Common People

Despite being set in London's Swinging Sixties, Up the Junction comes across just as apropos of America's here and now.


The Pleasure Seekers’ Have All the Cars, Clothes, and Guys That Money Can Buy

These adventurous women only wear some kind of underwear or nightie in front of the windows for that funny little peeping tom across the courtyard.


Monday, June 30 2014

‘Il Sorpasso’ Makes for a Luxurious Summer Treat

Dino Risi is able to turn this odd couple’s story into a film that’s socially and emotionally intelligent -- and entertaining.


‘Bang! Bang! You’re Dead’ Gives Us a Wry Twist on the Wrong Man Theme

Tony Randall comes across like a star for the little screen overwhelmed by the Big Screen, a Felix Unger-type trying out unsuccessfully for Her Majesty’s Service.


Friday, June 27 2014

You Can’t Know the Answer in ‘Enemy’

Director Denis Villeneuve's most successful film to date is a baffling mood piece, a puzzle designed with no solution.


‘Desire Me’ Leaves Much to Be Desired, Unless You Look at It through a Noir Lens

This is apparently the first major Hollywood film to have no director credit, because nobody wanted to claim it. Yet it deserves reconsideration.


Thursday, June 26 2014

‘L’eclisse’ Is Beautifully Made, but Boring as Hell

L’eclisse is a highly regarded work of European modernism that is pretty to look at, interesting to think about, and grueling to watch unfold.


The Sophistication, Charm and Murders in ‘Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries’

The mysteries are consistently smart and well done, but it's the relationships between the characters that really make the show.


Wednesday, June 25 2014

Kiarostami’s ‘Like Somone in Love’ Is Like Something Beautiful

Iranian master Abbas Kiarostami doubles-down on familiar themes in this film, with varying results.


‘The First World War: The Complete Series’ Is an Outstanding Primer on This Multi-Faceted Conflict

Often overshadowed by the World War II 20 years later, the Great War remains, in many sad ways, the yardstick for futility, pointlessness and waste.


Tuesday, June 24 2014

In ‘300: Rise of Empire’ We See How Xerxes Became That Bald, Pierced Badass

If 300 is the cinematic equivalent of a video game, then 300: Rise of an Empire, is at water level: murky, awkward and not nearly as fun.


‘Winter’s Tale’ Is Blinded by the Light

The love story should be at the heart of this film, but it instead gets caught up in the supernatural elements.


Monday, June 23 2014

‘The Nutty Professor’, or, The Strange Case of Dr. Kelp and Mr. Love

Jerry Lewis' update of the Jekyll and Hyde story into the case of a nerd and his stallion alter-ego is still excellent after 50 years.


‘Brazil With Monty Python’s Michael Palin’ Isn’t the Brazil You’re Thinking of

This BBC series is a nice way to learn some things about the world's fifth largest country, which is hosting the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics.


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