Category Archives: Period Picture (“Costume Drama”)

Reds (1981)

There’s something about the historical epic that allows movie fans to forgive them being incredibly long. “Gandhi” was three hours, eleven minutes long. “Lawrence of Arabia” clocked in at a bladder-busting three-and-a-half hours. “Gone With the Wind” is four years … Continue reading

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There Will Be Blood (2007)

Good Lord, what a movie. Honestly, I can’t think of the last time I watched a two-and-a-half hour movie and didn’t check the clock once. “There Will Be Blood” stars Daniel Day Lewis as miner turned oil prospector Daniel Day … Continue reading

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The Great Gatsby (2013 film)

I think F. Scott Fitzgerald would have shit a Duesenberg had he seen Baz Luhrman’s film, “The Great Gatsby;” I think Zelda would have loved it. Luhrman has definitely put his particular spin on the classic book. There are bright … Continue reading

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Eight Men Out (1988)

One of my favorite scenes in “Eight Men Out” comes near the final act. The baseball owners—all of whom have figured out that the 1919 World Series was fixed—have selected Judge Kennesaw Mountain Landis to be the new Baseball Commissioner, … Continue reading

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Requiem (2006) and The Raven (2012)

There was just something odd about Michaela Klingler. She was pretty enough, in a plain way, but something had set her apart from her high school classmates. First off, she was an extremely pious Catholic girl in the 1970’s, when … Continue reading

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Downfall (2004) Sophie Scholl: The Final Days (2005)

So my doctor gave me some new meds, and whenever I sit up, I get dizzy. So how better to treat this than lying in bed with a double-feature of intense, German WW2 dramas. It turns out, while this was … Continue reading

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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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