Author Archives: Ted Hicks

About Ted Hicks

Iowa farm boy; have lived in NYC for 40 years; worked in motion picture labs, film/video distribution, subtitling, media-awards program; obsessive film-goer all my life.

Best Feature Films 2020 – Supplemental

For those of you interested in a closer look, here are supplementary materials for six of the films on my top-10 list. _____________________________________________________ The Assistant _____________________________________________________ First Cow _______________________________________________________ Never Rarely Sometimes Always ______________________________________________________ Nomadland ____________________________________________________ Sorry We Missed You … Continue reading

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What I Saw Last Year – Best Feature Films 2020

A year without blockbusters or movie theaters. 2020 was a radically different year for everything, not just movie-going, and 2021 still is. If someone had told me at the outset that theaters would be closed nearly a year later, I … Continue reading

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Happy New Year 2021 – To Infinity and Beyond!

2020 has felt like the longest 10 years of my life. I sure won’t miss it. The new year has got to be better, right? A vaccine that will hopefully bring the pandemic under control and get us back into … Continue reading

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Off the TV Screen – A Brief Diversion + Posters

While taking pictures of movies on a TV screen might seem like something one would do to pass the time while sequestered at home during a pandemic, these were taken sometime in 1978 for reasons that escape me now, though … Continue reading

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Connery and “The Hill”

When I learned that Sean Connery had died on October 31 at age 90, it felt for a moment as if things had slipped out of gear. Later I read that Connery’s wife of 45 years, Micheline Roquebrune, had said … Continue reading

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Shooting “Barry Lyndon” – John Alcott & Stanley Kubrick

A few days ago on Facebook someone posted a link to an interview with cinematographer John Alcott on how Stanley Kubrick’s Barry Lyndon (1975) was shot. This appeared in the March 1976 issue of American Cinematographer. The interview covers technical … Continue reading

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Halloween – Odds & Ends

Here is a rather loosely organized collection of Halloween-appropriate images. None of them are half as scary as the 2020 presidential election, believe me. _______________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________ “Unusual times demand unusual pictures.” This ad copy could have been written today. _______________________________________________________ … Continue reading

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“Seconds” – Starting Over

Note: This contains some spoilers, so proceed accordingly. The first time I saw John Frankenheimer’s Seconds I didn’t like it. This was in October  1966 while I was undergoing basic training at Lackland Air Force Base near San Antonio, Texas. … Continue reading

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Dieselpunk – Retro Futures

As often happens, when I was recently looking online for one thing, I came across something else entirely that took over my attention. These are images depicting such things as flying locomotives and aircraft carriers, which are highly detailed, simultaneously … Continue reading

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Flying Fortresses in My Life – Supplemental

For a deeper dive, here are materials additional to part one. ___________________________________________________ This is an excellent documentary on the B-17 with includes reminiscences by WWII veterans. It runs just under an hour. ____________________________________________________ Target for Today is a feature-length documentary … Continue reading

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