Separating the Bums from the Contenders

May 1, 2014

Sixty years after its premiere in June 1954 in Japan, of all places (New York and Los Angeles followed in July), ‘On the Waterfront’ is still regarded as a seminal film because of its immense influence on acting. […]

Dancing with Myself

March 1, 2014

Cover Girl (1944) is a famous movie for two reasons — one intentional and the other accidental. The film’s legacy is of a time when women were celebrated for their glamour and sexuality. […]

Woody Allen’s ‘Annie Hall’

March 1, 2014

When I was a child, I had childish dreams to be a superhero or a pro athlete. Alas, my only super power was secondary perception, the ability to say, after something had happened, “I knew that would happen.” It did not take me long to learn that the Justice League was not looking for a hero with such an annoying super trait. […]

Robert Ellis Miller’s ‘The Heart is a Lonely Hunter’

January 1, 2014

I am a graduate teaching assistant in Professor Alan Downer’s Twentieth-Century Theatre class at Princeton University in 1968. Along with several hundred students and a handful of other TAs, I am sitting in a lecture hall, eagerly awaiting Downer’s capsule reviews of the movies currently playing in town. […]

Lost in Transition

January 1, 2014

It’s not at uncommon, for transitions to be the editor’s focus, Jeffrey Michael Bays tries to remedy that. […]

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