A packed week this time around, with the ridiculously based “terrorist team” film Stratton, followed by the Agatha Christie adaptation Crooked House, a one-night-free showing of Bride of Frankenstein, the film noir In a Lonely Place, a redistribution of The Room, and the sad-stand-up-comic story Mr. Roosevelt. On DVD are the Tom Cruise vehicle American Made, the torn-from-the-headline Battle… More
They are’t offering as many advance screenings as they used to, so this holiday’s offerings are slim, but include The Greatest Showman, a musical about P. T. Barnum, The Ballad of Lefty Brown, an easy-to-overlook western, and a revival of Solaris, among other items. Show note: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer was produced way back in… More
It’s almost Christmas, so the team weighs in on their favorite Xmas movies, a recent genre of criticism in the age of Twitter in which listers include non-intuitive holiday films. There’s also a discussion of National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, the new Netflix documentary Voyeur, a retrospect on Italian horror films such as Suspiria and Kill, Baby …… More
Wonder Wheel, The Disaster Artist, Novitiate, and Roman J. Israel, Esq. are among the new titles screened by our reviewers this week. Show Notes: Melissa Leo won her Oscar in 2010 for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role for The Fighter.
There are already over 200 or many more books on Alfred Hitchcock, and they started coming out in the mid-1950s when Claude Chabrol and Eric Rohmer wrote the first full-length critical study. Ten years later came the first study in English, Robin Wood’s still masterly Hitchcock’s Films. By the time Hitchcock died in 1980, there… More
Mrs. Bates got a bum rap. For almost 60 years she has been held accountable for the psychology of her son Norman. She is the shrew, the harridan who demands loyalty and service, the nightmare of American motherhood out of something by Philip Wylie and Generation of Vipers. Poor, sensitive Norman … But note that… More
The Criterion Collection has been expanding at both ends simultaneously. While new editions such as Election (No. 904), Certain Women (No. 893), Personal Shopper (No. 899), and Desert Hearts (No. 902) appear monthly, the company at the same time is re-releasing earlier numbers in the Blu-Ray format, wth better transfers and sometimes… More