I Watched My Night at Maud’s While Polly Revolted Against the Core Principles of Civility

I watched My Night at Maud’s while Polly revolted against the core principles of civility. This might not be the right millennium for an Eric Rohmer retrospective. Wrong decade. Wrong year. And certainly wrong month — a grand jury indictment of over 300 Catholic Priests who have sexually abused over 1,000 kids in Pennsylvania alone… Read More I Watched My Night at Maud’s While Polly Revolted Against the Core Principles of Civility

Truth, Justice and Cinema Verite: How Observational Documentaries Have Helped Shape the Political Culture

Never meet your heroes. That’s one of the pillars of cultural decorum I’ve learned to follow over the years, and as technology and social media blur the boundaries of public and private life, it’s become a more difficult mantra to follow. Can I ever watch a James Woods movie the same way after reading through… Read More Truth, Justice and Cinema Verite: How Observational Documentaries Have Helped Shape the Political Culture

Chance is the Lifeblood of Cinema

Can anyone love anything as much as Timothy Treadwell loved being amongst the grizzlies we see him with during his annual excursion into the Alaskan wilderness, trips he chronicled for educational purposes, posterity, and perhaps a stab at fame? Footage that shows him frequently venturing to within arms-length of these majestic creatures, acknowledging the dangers… Read More Chance is the Lifeblood of Cinema

I Watched The Thin Blue Line and Now I Get the True Crime Craze

From the moment the words left his mouth and he began gesturing with his hand a simulation of adjusting the mirror to see the scene he was leaving behind, we know that the filmmaker is interviewing the cold blooded killer of a police officer who had stopped him for a routine traffic violation one night… Read More I Watched The Thin Blue Line and Now I Get the True Crime Craze

I Watched the Founder, Thought About Steve Jobs and Now I Want to Punch Myself in the Face

Beginning with the amazing flashback of the implementation of a pickle dispenser station, to the franchising debate and that rabble-rouser scene where our hero fights for corporate sponsorship, The Founder, like Steve Jobs of yesteryear, is the American success story I don’t know I want to see. Montages of sales pitches and investment schemes, monologues… Read More I Watched the Founder, Thought About Steve Jobs and Now I Want to Punch Myself in the Face