Melvin Frank & Norman Panama’s ‘The Court Jester’

May 1, 2014

When I was growing up in the 1960s, the entertainer Danny Kaye seemed to be everywhere — today traveling the world on behalf of UNICEF, tonight hosting his own CBS variety show. My classmates and I knew the songs from Hans Christian Andersen (1952), even if we boys didn’t always admit it. […]

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. […]

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. […]

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. […]

Joe Camp’s ‘Benji’

July 1, 2013

They say that dogs are man’s best friends. The problem is that I didn’t have a dog when I grew up in the small town of Edinburg, Texas. […]

Robert Redford’s ‘Ordinary People’

May 1, 2013

It was March 31, 1981. I was celebrating my second anniversary of becoming a union story analyst by watching the 53rd Academy Awards. The host was Johnny Carson and the field of films was perhaps the strongest it had been in decades. […]

Steven Spielberg’s ‘Jurassic Park’

March 1, 2013

If I had been asked 20 years ago whether a glass of rippling water would become one of the most iconic and recognizable images in cinematic history, I probably would’ve said, “No way.” But then again, I guess that’s not really a question you would ask an eight- year-old. […]

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