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My Road to The Grand Illusion

Rather than a review of Jean Renoir's┬áLa Grande Illusion (1937) -- examples of which you can read all over the internet and in books on Renoir, French film, war films, and the like -- I want to write a bit... Continue Reading →

What I Watched for the Holidays

The past week+ has been filled with family reunions, overeating, and glorious downtime filled with films. Did I watch some on a plane? Did family time make me insane? Did I watch and expect less? Were some a fun and... Continue Reading →

Children in Film Noir

All movies express social values, or the erosion of those values, through the ways in which they depict both institutions and relations between people. -Sylvia Harvey The style and content of the original US film noir cycle (1940s-50s) emerged at... Continue Reading →

Hitler for the Holidays

For those of us who are already sick to death of Christmas -- the music, the consumerism, the tacky decorations, the holiday movies, the artificial cheer -- I present my gift to you: four fantastic┬ácomedy titles from 2011-present, made around... Continue Reading →

Why I Will Never Have a Top List

So many people love writing and sharing their Top (10, 100, etc.) Movies list(s). Whether it's "Best Films Evar," "Favorite Actresses," "Supreme Auteurs," or "Stuff I Love," many of us get pleasure or feel obliged at some point to rank... Continue Reading →

Luring Me into the Cinema

What does it take to lure me out of my comfy home and into costly and less comfy movie theaters of an evening? Increasingly, quite a lot. Most of what Hollywood is putting out is derivative dreck. An overload of... Continue Reading →

Mr. Holmes vs. Gods and Monsters

Because the term hasn't begun yet and I have a little free time, I caught a cold after babysitting a friend's sniffly kid. My head stopped up and feeling wonky, I took drugs, drank tea with cinnamon schnapps in it,... Continue Reading →

Brit Noir, Jean Simmons, and a Face-off

I love postwar British noir. There's a romantic edge to much of it, a mood of darkness but with a touch of hope. The British vs. American experience of WWII is likely part of the difference, as well as British... Continue Reading →

My Top Ten Classic Noir Sociopaths

I am not a fan of contemporary horror or "psychological thrillers." I don't watch slasher films, and I'm still on the fence about Tarantino. When it comes to classic Hollywood, however, my tolerance level is much higher. This has a... Continue Reading →

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