Even if one is familiar with the hyperkinetic work of the underappreciated noir director D. Ross Lederman, his films of the 1940s still have the power to shock the contemporary viewer with their violence, their breathless narrative speed, and the strange twists of fate that befall Lederman’s hapless protagonists.
I'd been thinking a lot about Budd who’d passed away in 2001 after a legendary career as a filmmaker, bullfighter and world-class hellraiser. I’d met him in the early 1990’s soon after moving to L.A., and he’d become like a second grandfather to me; sometimes I still think I’ll pick up the phone and hear his gravelly voice on the other end.
Road House (1948) is a good Hollywood melodrama that is also a curious noir piece – noir, due to the nature of what happens and curious because it isn’t in the usual urban setting but a rural one, the roadhouse being located in the northern U.S. near the Canadian border.
The Best in Romantic Comedy 2010 Maybe we’re just not in the mood. Perhaps political argument has bludgeoned any penchant for witty flirtatious banter out of our current recessionist American moment. Maybe a decade of male POV sex farce and...
My list of 20 favorite actors has not been changed at all since I started this blog (TWO YEARS AGO, next month). I decided it was time for a revision, a switching of places, and because I broke down trying to figure out who to cut...I just added 5 extra places to the list!
I saw in the New Year with yet another 1930s William Wellman movie which isn’t available on DVD! After seeing this one twice, I can hardly believe that it hasn’t had an official release. It is a highly entertaining romantic comedy-drama and has close links with Wellman’s Oscar-winning A Star Is Born, released the following year.
Delightful comedy set during the WW2 housing shortage in Washington, DC. Connie Milligan (Jean Arthur) rents an apartment. Believing it to be her patriotic duty, Connie offers to sublet half of her apartment, fully expecting a suitable female tenent. But instead she gets a mischievous, middle-aged man named Benjamin Dingle (Charles Coburn).