UNION MADE: Come On, Feel the Noise

January 1, 2014

I was preparing for a career in Foley.  Whether I was imitating a birdcall that I heard during recess or pantomiming the rhythm of Miss Brady’s heels clip-clopping down the hall, I’ve always had a heightened awareness of sound and movement.  […]

Sydney Pollack’s ‘The Way We Were’

November 1, 2013

The 1970s were years of change for me. I was pregnant with my first child and struggling with the decision to either give up a career that I had worked long and hard to achieve or subject my unborn child to a mother who could be gone more than not. […]

Jay Boekelheide on ‘The Right Stuff’

November 1, 2013

The canvas of The Right Stuff (1983) is rightly thought of as large — Herculean, even. In recounting the history of America’s valiant test pilots and astronauts, writer-director Philip Kaufman’s adaptation of Tom Wolfe’s acclaimed book is peopled by an enormous cast, and it traverses the earth, sea and outer space. […]

Sex Sells… a Century Ago

November 1, 2013

The early silent film Traffic in Souls (1913) remains just as timely as when it was released 100 years ago. The sex slave trade today operates with the same methodology as depicted in this exposé of forced prostitution based on the Rockefeller White Slavery Report of 1910. […]

John Ford’s ‘My Darling Clementine’

September 1, 2013

I am a war baby who grew up in Texas before leaving for a larger world that included living in Manhattan for 22 years and moving to Los Angeles to work as a story analyst. So, if what I have to say now reads old to anyone, well good — because old has a way of becoming new again, especially when old is as unforgettable as My Darling Clementine. […]

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