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Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

Francis Levy | Posted 12.05.2014 | Arts
Francis Levy

here's an inner circle that hangs over all our lives, an inner sanctum to which we will never gain admittance. Of course the oedipal chamber, where the primal scene is enacted is the inner circle which all children are excluded from.

Barbara Stanwyck in No Man of Her Own and Ball of Fire

Francis Levy | Posted 02.16.2014 | Entertainment
Francis Levy

Cornell Woolrich, of Rear Window fame, wrote a novel called Fright in which a marriage is cursed by a crime. No Man of Her Own (1950), the Mitchell Le...

Baby Love: Happy Birthday Howard Hawks

Kim Morgan | Posted 05.31.2013 | Entertainment
Kim Morgan

Hapy Birthday to the late, great Howard Hawks. Let's celebrate with one of his best, Bringing Up Baby. Here's my brief ode to Hepburn, Grant, bones, dogs, leopards and... "You're a fixation."

For St. Patrick's Day, the Best Drinking Movies Ever Made

John Farr | Posted 05.16.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

I love St. Patrick's Day. It's so inclusive. By that I mean that though it's a bona fide religious holiday, you don't need to be particularly pious to enjoy it. Wishing everyone a safe and (reasonably) responsible holiday, I present my own candidates for the top drinking movies of all time.

Movie Review: The Last Stand

Marshall Fine | Posted 03.18.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Sometimes, all you want is a knock-down, guns-blazing approximation of an old-style western, even if it's set in contemporary times. As a modern oater, The Last Stand is shamelessly entertaining.

Genius Uncovered: The Film Legacy of Howard Hawks

John Farr | Posted 04.05.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

Over a forty-plus year career, it's astonishing that this brilliant director was Oscar-nominated only once. As I've often said, sometimes the Academy gets it wrong. This was one of those times.

When Comedy Was Clean and Comediennes Were King

John Farr | Posted 04.05.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

For those wanting a respite from today's low, "in-your-face" brand of comedy, here are a few tried-and-true classics featuring these top screen comediennes. These special ladies made us laugh -- and feel smart -- at the same time.

Howard Hawks Retrospective in Berkeley

Thomas Gladysz | Posted 03.12.2012 | San Francisco
Thomas Gladysz

What does a seminal gangster film like Scarface have in common with such screwball comedies as Bringing Up Baby, and His Girl Friday? The answer is Howard Hawks.

The Greatest Hollywood Director You May Never Have Heard Of

John Farr | Posted 05.31.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

Which Hollywood director actually made the most great movies? In the Alsace area of Germany, future director William Wyler was born. Here is a sampling of his best movies covering three full decades.

What's With the New York Times Movie Reviewers?!?

Abe Gurko | Posted 09.07.2011 | Entertainment
Abe Gurko

Couple of weeks ago, with an itch to see a summer film, though the offering so far seems lackluster, we were this close to seeing Super 8 when a revie...

Jane Russell's Appearance at Hollywood Heritage Museum Last Summer

Debra Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Debra Levine

Cole, a brilliant film and dance innovator who had a multi-picture relationship with Marilyn Monroe, died in Los Angeles in 1974.

ReelzChannel: Top Ten "Hazardous Cargo" Movies

Dan Persons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

For the ambitious music industry intern Aaron Green (Jonah Hill) in Get Him to the Greek, the task was supposedly easy: Escort a musician from London ...

Kitsch With Quality: The Best '50s Sci-Fi Movies

John Farr | Posted 06.25.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

Science fiction movies are like that food you don't eat much but sometimes find yourself in the mood for. Dated as some of these titles are, they're still great fun for those partial to the genre, or game to get acquainted with it.

Doing Our Part for the 'Ball of Fire'

Liz Goldwyn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Liz Goldwyn

Betty Rowland, aka "The Ball of Fire" is a 93-year-old retired burlesque queen. She's undergone serious medical trouble and is in dire financial need. You can assist me in supporting her needs.

Why John Wayne Still Ranks Among Today's Most Popular Stars

John Farr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
John Farr

Wayne's persona -- its bigness, roughness, but also its decency -- literally came to define our heritage. And to a surprising degree, it still does.

On His Birthday, The Best Cary Grant Movies By Farr

John Farr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
John Farr

The evidence of Cary Grant's prodigious talent is always here, right in front of us, if we choose to look.

Obama and "The Chicago Way"

Martin Nolan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Martin Nolan

How does Barack Obama fit into political Chicago? I found out at another convention, Boston's in 2004.

On Kon Ichikawa

Norman MacAfee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Norman MacAfee

I saw The Burmese Harp in the mid-1960s, during the Vietnam war, and one specific image stayed with me, so much so that I have used it several times in poems.