Tuesday, August 29
Saturday, August 26
Friday, August 25
I think the last decade that could be called wholesome was the 1950s. We've drifted away from that every decade since and even by 1970 it seemed like an anachronism. And yet... and yet at least three actors tried to make careers out of that very trait. Good looks, a sense of decency, a touch of innocence, a knack for tackling emotions and they were ready to go. And even in the hard core 70s they were able to pull it off. And then one day they no longer could. Their first names all start with an R. Any idea who they might be?
Tuesday, August 22
We're starting a new series called Remakes which will highlight films that have been made more than once. Sometimes the title is maintained, sometimes not. Usually the original is by far the better film and occasionally the remake is surprisingly good. There have been times the remake becomes a musical where the original was not. We'll see what we come up with. Let's begin with Stagecoach.
Friday, August 18
Tuesday, August 15
He is the greatest of maverick writer-directors whose most notable accomplishment-- and it's considerable-- is being the founding father of U.S. independent film-making. Some may say one of the founding fathers and while that may technically be true, in my estimation no one was ever more dedicated to putting out indie films than this man. Let's consider that the Independent Spirit Awards (televised every year usually one day ahead of the Oscar show) honors the best new film-maker with the prestigious John Cassavetes award.
Friday, August 11
Here is half of one of the most legendary actress-director screen partnerships in Hollywood history. There have been a number of other pairings but few evoke the stirring memories created by beautiful Gena Rowlands and her maverick husband, John Cassavetes. Together, they were king and queen of the indies for 20 years, a deluxe duo who brought a searing realism to films like we'd never seen before.