Monthly Archives: August 2017

Like Bugs Bunny–Only Better!

CAUTION: Contains “spoilers.” I’ve always been surprised that James Cagney so disliked the script to “Jimmy the Gent” that he shaved the sides of his head thus giving his character James Corrigan, seeker of lost heirs, a distinctly Prussian look … Continue reading

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Heat-Haze Review

I’ve just finished watching Seijun Suzuki’s “Taisho Trilogy” and I still feel like some its characters–befuddled, bewildered and enchanted. These three films, all of them set in Japan during the short-lived Taisho period–a period roughly corresponding in spirit, though not … Continue reading

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Ah, Sweet Futility

Re-watching “The Treasure of the Sierra Madre” last night reminds me once again that John Huston, like most great artists, had an over-arching theme that inspired him. Unfortunately for his chances of being popularly acclaimed as A Great Director, his … Continue reading

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Good Try: “The Woman Who Came Back.”

CAUTION: Contains “spoilers.” Producer-director Walter Colmes wasn’t Val Lewton and Republic Pictures wasn’t R.K.O., but “The Woman Who Came Back” (1945) is still a good stab at duplicating the Lewton formula of atmosphere and mood over fake-fur and fangs. This … Continue reading

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