Archive for July, 2011

Montgomery Clift (Chuck Glover), Lee Remick (Carol Garth Baldwin), Jo Van Fleet (Ella Garth). Screenplay by Paul Osborn. Directed by Elia Kazan. Rating: PG. Running time: 110 minutes. Anti-semitism in Gentleman’s Agreement, female dependence in A Streetcar, union corruption in On the Waterfront and then racism and rugged individualism in Wild River – as I slowly devour […]


Robert Mitchum (Jeff Bailey), Jane Greer (Kathie Moffat), Kirk Douglas (Whit Sterling), Rhonda Fleming (Meta Carson). Screenplay by Daniel Mainwaring. Directed by Jacques Tourneur. Rating: PG. Running time: 97 minutes. Stark dark-light contrasts, femme fatales, girls with guns, men in hats, criminal pasts, cigarettes, blackmail, murder, deception, twists and turns, passionless romance, stale kissing, frequent […]


Brad Pitt (Mr. O’Brien), Jessica Chastain (Mrs O’Brien), Sean Penn (Jack). Screenplay by Terrence Malick. Directed by Terrence Malick. Rating: 12. Running time: 139 minutes. I must confess: I had planned on not writing this review. I saw The Tree of Life two days ago and left the cinema electrocuted, carrying away an array of contradictory […]


Cybil Shepherd (Jacy Farrow), Jeff Bridges (Duane Jackson), Timothy Bottoms (Sonny Crawford), Ellen Burstyn (Lois Farrow). Screenplay by Peter Bogdanovich et al. Directed by Peter Bogdanovich. Rating: 15. Running time: 119 minutes. If you remember from No Direction Home where Dylan was from – a minuscule, totally forgettable town called Duluth in Minnesota – and if you remember […]


Lamberto Maggiorani (Antonio Ricci), Enzo Staiola (Bruno Ricci). Screenplay by Cesare Zavattini et al. Directed by Vittorio De Sica. Rating: U. Running time: 93 minutes. I get the impression The Bicycle Thieves is one of those films everybody has heard of but few have seen. It’s evidently revered amongst those oh-so important film circles, but despite its name having lingered in my […]


Ingrid Bergman (Dr. Constance Petersen), Gregory Peck (John Ballantyne). Screenplay by Ben Hecht. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Rating: PG. Running time: 111 minutes. Good Lord, what a surprising fright! I thought Gregory Peck only played gentlemen? Apparently not, for here he arrives on our screen as a maniacal amnesiac with the hunch he murdered a […]


Directed by Sylvain Chomet. Rating: PG. Running time: 80 minutes. Aesthetically delightful but narratively a little dull, I do not know nor have the curiosity to find out the details of the history surrounding The Illusionist, and its origins in a letter by an apparently famous filmmaker from the 50s suggestive of a screenplay. The […]