Category Archives: Film

On the Merry-Go-Round: A Month of Movies

Sunday, February 1st. I headed down to Film Forum for the 5:30pm showing of Orson Welles’ Chimes at Midnight (1965), aka Falstaff, considered by many to be Welles’ greatest achievement, and which Welles himself has called his best film. Since … Continue reading

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What I Watched Last Year: Best TV 2014

__________________________________________ The Affair (Showtime)¬† This 10-part series is a jig-saw puzzle to be sorted out by the viewer. By the end of the season finale, the complete picture is only beginning to take shape. The Affair has been renewed for … Continue reading

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What I Saw Last Year: Best Documentaries 2014

              ____________________________________________________ CITIZENFOUR (Laura Poitras, director). Most documentaries, much like histories, tell their stories in retrospect, looking back to evaluate events that have already happened. Citizen Four unfolds largely in the moment. During the … Continue reading

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What I Saw Last Year: Best Feature Films 2014

Of the approximately 230 feature films I saw last year, here are the 30 new films that stood out for me. Some of these choices are pretty obvious, others maybe not so much. These are films that entertained and sometimes … Continue reading

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John Huston – The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of

As I write this, the Film Society of Lincoln Center (FSLC) here in New York is in the midst of a complete John Huston retrospective (December 19 – January 11). The series includes thirty-seven features and five documentaries directed by … Continue reading

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“Rosebud was his sled!” – Random Notes on Orson Welles

*************************************************************************************** The first time I saw Citizen Kane – an experience I’ll never forget — was in a film class at the University of Iowa in 1964 or ’65. The class was held in a long, narrow room with¬†rows of … Continue reading

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Film School Flashback – Double Feature

I knew I wanted to be a writer when I started at the University of Iowa in 1962, but at the time I thought that meant journalism. I quickly found out that wasn’t the kind of writing that interested me, … Continue reading

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