Classic Movies

Adventures in Blu-ray: Merrily We Live (1938)

In cinematic screwball comedies of the 1930s/1940s, wealthy people were always given a hefty transfusion of eccentricity in order to make them more accessible to non-wealthy folks.  (Rich people!  They’re just like us!)  That is most definitely the case with the Kilbourne family, a clan whose matriarch Emily (Billie Burke) has an interesting hobby:  hiring… Continue reading Adventures in Blu-ray: Merrily We Live (1938)

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From the DVR: Rachel Getting Married (2008)

I've never been married, but both of my sisters are...and while the mind's memory always wants to reminisce about the fun, love, and joy that results with the nuptials, it tends to bury the familial conflicts that can surface during that special event.  (I'll remain mum about the "maid-of-honor" controversy at one of the weddings.) … Continue reading From the DVR: Rachel Getting Married (2008)

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From the DVR: …and justice for all. (1979)

By any measure of the yardstick, Arthur Kirkland (Al Pacino) should not be a member of the legal profession.  He’s far too principled.  Which is not to disparage lawyers, you understand—it's just that Kirkland has difficulty functioning in a world where integrity and ethics take a backseat to winning at all costs.  Asked by his… Continue reading From the DVR: …and justice for all. (1979)

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My heroes have always been in documentaries

I’m sorry that the blog has been kind of quiet over the past week; the good folks at DISH were generous enough to give us an HBO/Cinemax freeview, and I spent a little time getting re-acquainted with some old favorites including Secretary (2002—with my gal Maggie Gyllenhaal) and The Devil Wears Prada (2006).  (Prada may… Continue reading My heroes have always been in documentaries

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From the DVR: The Good Shepherd (2006)

The 2006 film The Good Shepherd is a fictionalized take on how the Central Intelligence Agency came to be, using the failed Bay of Pigs invasion as the starting point of its narrative.  Senior counterintelligence agent Edward Wilson (Matt Damon) learns that the operation was compromised by a leak inside the agency, and his investigation… Continue reading From the DVR: The Good Shepherd (2006)

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“My name is Harvey Milk and I’m here to recruit you!”

At the beginning of the 2008 biopic Milk, we find San Francisco City Supervisor Harvey Milk (Sean Penn) talking into a tape recorder, making out what appears to be a will.  The timeline is November 18, 1978—nine days before Milk and Mayor George Moscone (Victor Garber) are assassinated by disgruntled ex-City Supervisor Dan White (Josh… Continue reading “My name is Harvey Milk and I’m here to recruit you!”