The second of two movies that David Lean directed to the Best Picture Oscar, Lawrence of Arabia is often held up not only as Lean's best work but one of the greatest films of all time. I, er, put it #3 in my list of Lean's films. Still, it's just so great. Lean was a… Continue reading Lawrence of Arabia: A Second Look
West Side Story (1961)
So, I have something of a history with this film. Previous to this screening, I'd only seen it once, about twenty years ago, and I hated the film. I loathed it. In fact, despite having only seen the film a single time two decades ago, I retained surprisingly clear memories of the film itself as… Continue reading West Side Story (1961)
The Apartment: A Second Look
I'm going to pay Billy Wilder the highest compliment I think he would accept: The Apartment could fit in with Ernst Lubitsch's mature period. Watching this alongside The Shop Around the Corner would be a fascinating look at how essentially the same sense of comedy, drama, and romance developed over about twenty years. It's still… Continue reading The Apartment: A Second Look
Colonial Nightmare – Now on Sale!
Here's the link! Available in Kindle, paperback, and hardback editions! Buy all three! Buy them and then alternate between editions for different chapters! It's the only authentic way to do it! Well, that being said, here's the plot summary: When George Washington was 21 years old, he went on a dangerous mission into the wilds… Continue reading Colonial Nightmare – Now on Sale!
Another MOVIE, like Gone with the Wind. Another big, earnest, incredibly well made, really well acted, and often beautiful to look at film that the Academy decided to award with Best Picture. Ben-Hur is just one of those movies that makes sense for that. It's not just great, but it's a huge entertainment that uses… Continue reading Ben-Hur (1959)