Tom Tykwer’s ‘Run Lola Run’

August 4, 2017

I grew up in Deep River in Northern Ontario, Canada in the 1970s, an idyllic place to live as far as catching frogs and running through the woods, but I didn’t get to see movies in the cinema very often. […]

Steven Spielberg’s Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

February 15, 2017

In 1988, I was an ill-adjusted Polish kid who moved with his mother and our two dogs to a rough Boston neighborhood — Dorchester. My English was OK. A year later, I saw my favorite movie, and although I don’t remember every detail of that day, I do remember it changed my life. […]

Murder Is His Business

February 15, 2017

Seventy years ago, on April 11, 1947, Charles Chaplin — one of the central figures of world cinema and as influential to the art of moviemaking as to the establishment of the Hollywood film industry — premiered his latest film, Monsieur Verdoux (subtitled A Comedy of Murders) at the Broadway Theatre in New York City and at the Academy Award Theatre in Los Angeles. […]

Early on, a Woman’s Place Was in the Cutting Room

December 2, 2016

“Great film editing begins with great pictures,” said Barbara “Bobbie” McLean in a 1977 interview in Film Comment magazine. She could make such a gracious statement with authority at that point, after cutting for more than 60 years, beginning as […]

Baz Luhrmann’s ‘Moulin Rouge!’

June 1, 2016

A bright, white light was shrouding my vision. The thundering applause from several thousand hands was engulfing my hearing. All I could feel was the thumping of my heart as the adrenalin was coursing through my veins like a tidal wave. […]

Forget It, Jake

June 1, 2016

At a preview screening of the film Chinatown in summer 1974, an official from the City of Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is reported to have remarked, […]

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