Category Archives: Academy Award Nominees

Becket (1964)

Montgomery Clift once said, “Richard Burton doesn’t act. He just recites.” In the 1964 film “Becket”–a film based verrrry loosely on the relationship between King Henry II and Thomas a Becket–Burton was cast as Beckett, alongside Peter O’Toole as Henry. … Continue reading

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Radio Bikini (1988)

“Radio Bikini” is aptly named. Much of the audio in this amazing 52-minute documentary¬† comes from the Mutual and NBC Radio Networks’ coverage of “Operation Crossroads,” where the U.S. Army and Navy conducted two atomic bomb tests. It’s galling to … Continue reading

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The Crying Game (1992)

Nothing bothers me more about films (or music, or whatever, honestly) than hype. That’s one reason I never owned a copy of “Thriller”: I couldn’t stand the hype. I should note that years later, I still think “Thriller” is a … Continue reading

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Foreign Correspondent (1940)

“Foreign Correspondent” is a lovely example of what I’d call a “rainy afternoon film.” It’s not one of Hitchcock’s best–not like “Rear Window,” “North by Northwest,” “Psycho,” etc–but it’s a neat little thriller set in the waning days of pre-WW2 … Continue reading

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My Life as a Dog (1985)

“My Life as a Dog” follows the life of a young boy going through some rough times, and how he uses his imagination and eccentricity to escape. His name is Ingemar (Anton Glanzelius). He’s eleven or so when the film … Continue reading

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The Philadelphia Story (1940)

“The Philadelphia Story” is your typical girl is ready to marry boy, but girl’s ex shows up, along with two undercover reporters pretending they’re friends of girl’s brother, but girl’s ex tells girl that reporters are reporters (deep breath) screwball … Continue reading

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The Naked City (1948)

“There are eight million stories in the naked city. This has been one of them.” That’s the last line in “The Naked City,” a 1948 precursor to the police procedural genre. This is a neat little movie. It was filmed … Continue reading

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