It’s a Wonderful Life embodies more than a few elements of film noir, from its string of colorful secondary characters, to its exploration of the grimmer parts of life, to its central question of the innate value, if any, of a human being.
In the minds of many classic movie fans, the name Bernard Herrmann is tethered to that of Alfred Hitchcock. He composed and/or produced the scores for seven films by the Master of Suspense, many of them the most popular and memorable of Hitch's decades-long career. In terms of creating the famous Hitchcockian tension, Herrmann played as important a role as Hitchcock's carefully selected cast and crew.
Anne Bancroft is one of those actors whom I truly have no memory of not knowing. I don’t remember what movie or performance introduced me to her – as far as I can tell, I have simply always known and loved her. She is such an astonishing presence on screen, even in relatively small roles. So, I was thrilled to see that there was a celebration of her talent taking place in the Movie Blogosphere.
What I watched in 2019. What I'll watch in 2020. I CAN'T BELIEVE IT'S 2020?!
Celebrating the irreplaceable Shelley Winters!
Donald Spoto's biography of Marilyn Monroe is an honest, well-researched, deeply human portrait of a criminally underestimated talent and woman.
Sidney Lumet's 1976 satire, Network, anticipates the current era of pundits, hot takes, and information warfare, and what it looks like when money runs the newsrooms.
"Chick Lit" meets "Chick Flick" and the world is better for it.
When you think of suspense and action on film, do you think of childbirth? Well, maybe you should.
January views, reviews, and February (best-laid) plans.