Written by Michael Clawson 80/100 Preminger's second noir outing with Dana Andrews (quickly becoming a favorite of mine) and Gene Tierney (most definitely a favorite), six years after Laura. Andrews is a hot-tempered city cop with a bad habit of … Continue reading.
Tag: Classic Film
Retrospective Feature: Taxi Driver
Written by Rudolph Lambert Fernandez Among Columbia Pictures’s movies in the 20th century, Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver (1976) is one of the last to bear their classic Lady and her torch logo. It wasn’t until the 1990s that a real-life … Continue reading.
Written by Michael Clawson 90/100 Buster takes a rinky-dink train from his modest rural homestead to see to his late father’s estate, but falls for a girl along the way who turns out to be from the now-wealthy family that … Continue reading.
Capsule Review: I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang
Written by Michael Clawson 90/100 A soldier returns from WWI and searches for satisfying work, but being in the wrong place at the wrong time lands him in a chain gang, where he suffers through grueling work and miserable treatment … Continue reading.
Naked Childhood (L’Enfance-nue)
Written by Michael Clawson 90/100 A searingly honest chapter in the life of an unruly foster child, Francois, who as the film begins, is handed back to Social Services by a youngish married couple who can’t bear his egregious misbehavior— … Continue reading.
Eat a Bowl of Tea
Written by Patrick Hao 73/100 Wayne Wang’s Eat a Bowl of Tea begins with narration discussing the predicament that Chinese American communities found themselves in the immediate aftermath of World War II. The Chinese Exclusion Act of 1886 had prevented … Continue reading.
Journey to Italy
Written by Michael Clawson 80/100 To say it’s about an unhappily married couple coming undone isn't exactly a fair synopsis, as that suggests Rossellini spends the runtime building up to Katherine and Alex openly acknowledging their marital dissatisfaction and acting … Continue reading.
The Hidden Fortress
Written by Michael Clawson 80/100 In a fleet-footed adventure, two clownish peasants with a comical love-hate relationship (famously the inspiration for C-3PO and R2-D2) accompany a princess in disguise and her samurai guard on a trek through enemy territory. In … Continue reading.
Capsule Review: Down by Law
Written by Michael Clawson 90/100 Jack, Zack, and Bob: a layabout pimp who isn't much of a talker, a downbeat DJ whose way with words is buttery smooth, and an Italian tourist with an ever-growing notebook of American idioms, an … Continue reading.
Capsule Review: Ace in the Hole
90/100 Written by Michael Clawson As charismatic as he is cynical and unscrupulous, down on his luck newspaperman Charles Tatum (Kirk Douglas, fantastic) stumbles on exactly the kind of "human interest" story he can exploit to get himself out of … Continue reading.