Category Archives: Film posters

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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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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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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Flying Fortresses in My Life

As long as I can remember, I’ve always been in love with B-17s. The fact that my dad was a navigator in one during World War II is probably what initially sparked my interest. I know it’s what influenced me … Continue reading

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“The Vast of Night” – Something in the Sky

I hadn’t heard of The Vast of Night before reading the New York Times review last May. It sounded very interesting, so I watched it on Amazon Prime two days later. The film is a knockout, a superior piece of work … Continue reading

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Films During Lockdown – Highlights of What I’ve Seen, Part 2

Part 2 — May 1 to May 23 As I mentioned in Part 1, until movie theaters reopen, I’ll continue seeing films on my laptop or our flat screen TV. Nothing beats seeing them on a theater screen, but until … Continue reading

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Films During Lockdown – Highlights of What I’ve Seen, Part 1

Part 1 — April 4 to April 30 We used to say that we “see” movies in a theater, but “watch” them on TV. The semantics of that difference are interesting to me. Though as more and more films have … Continue reading

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