I celebrated this, my 60th birthday October 4th at my favorite hang-out: Windber’s Grand Midway Hotel. Owner Blair Murphy is still running himself ragged in preparation for the Halloween Season (and particularly this year’s Dracula-Con shindig on October 13), so I was running the coffeehouse for much of the evening. Syn previewed her costume for […]Read more "Windber Coffeehouse Nights, 4 October 2018"
Recently saw a sillier-than-most Japanese sci-fi film, ran as a mid-afternoon time-filler on the Comet TV channel. No idea what the original title was, but the dubbed into English version for US release in 1970 was called “Voyage into Space.” Alien saucer from the planet Gargoyle invades Japan’s airspace, fights and destroys 5 fighter planes […]Read more "SILLY SCI-FI FUN? Sorry, Not So Much…."
Produced in 2013, 12 YEARS A SLAVE is an exceptionally powerful and well-made movie from director Steve McQueen, with an unblinkingly fine script by John Ridley and a wonderful cast headed by Chiwetel Ejiofor. The period details are dead-on and the overall look of the film possesses a realism and a savage beauty that is […]Read more "Film Review: 12 Years a Slave"
Exploding into view after the epic bloodletting savagery of World War II, the dark and dangerous genre known as Film Noir reached a new height with 1947’s KISS OF DEATH. In possibly his best performance of a quite capable career, Victor Mature stars as a career criminal who ends up in jail when arrested for […]Read more "FILM REVIEW: KISS OF DEATH"
The first film version of DON QUOXOTE in the era of the talkies, G. W. Pabst’s multinational, multi-language, 1933 movie was an eccentric effort, indeed. It was, for its time, a big-budget affair burdened by an ever-changing script (reportedly rewritten on the fly, even as the thing was being shot–undoubtedly the reason that the film’s […]Read more "REVIEW OF PABST’S “DON QUIXOTE”"
“Broken Blossoms” (1919) is the latest in a bunch of silent films I’ve recently watched (for free) at the openculture.com website. This one is a true classic from director D.W. Griffith and ace cinematographer Billy Bitzer–a tragic drama of selfless love in the face of crude savagery. Lillian Gish is just fine as a 15-year-old […]Read more "Watching “Broken Blossoms”"