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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: One Exciting Night (1922)

Wealthy John Fairfax (Henry Hull) returns to his family estate after a sabbatical abroad and while attending a garden party with his "Auntie" (Grace Griswold), is hit with Cupid's arrow after gazing upon one of the hostesses—a young girl named Agnes Harrington (Carol Dempster).  John's barely-disguised romantic affection towards Agnes is reciprocated in kind...though she's… Continue reading From the DVR: One Exciting Night (1922)

Classic Movies

Grey Market Cinema: All the Way Home (1963)

Upon his death in 1955, author and film critic James Agee did not leave his wife Mia with much money to keep their family going, and so editor David McDowell decided to publish an unfinished work of Agee's (which Jim had been working on since 1948) entitled A Death in the Family.  An autobiographical novel… Continue reading Grey Market Cinema: All the Way Home (1963)

Movies · Television

“I hate women even when I’m on vacation.”

I know this is going to be hard to believe...but during the early portion of my childhood, I was not the same kidlet who vegetated in front of a TV set that you all know and love today.  (Whoa...talk about an awkward pause.)  I enthusiastically participated in outside activities, particularly those of the variety that… Continue reading “I hate women even when I’m on vacation.”

Classic Movies

Grey Market Cinema: Non-Stop New York (1937)

On New Year's Eve in the Big Apple, down-and-out chorus girl Jennie Carr (Anna Lee) depends on the kindness of a stranger: mob lawyer Billy Cooper (James Pirrie), who takes the hungry woman in for some sustenance on the eve of his departure for England.  In Cooper's apartment, Jennie stumbles across a transient named Henry… Continue reading Grey Market Cinema: Non-Stop New York (1937)