Anatomy of a Frame: “Brooklyn” (2015)

The image above, as you may recognize from the movie, is one of the final shots of the terrific film Brooklyn. On its own, it's quite a memorable, possibly iconic, image. From the context of the movie, it appears just as Eilis comes back home to Brooklyn after her brief return to native Ireland. As with any … Continue reading Anatomy of a Frame: “Brooklyn” (2015)

Weekly Round-Up: January 24-30, 2016

I've been making steady progress on this year's Oscar nominees, and had an exciting week: I liked every movie I saw! This week's slate included: Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) - This essential classic about home and family gave us the standards "The Trolley Song" and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," and boasts … Continue reading Weekly Round-Up: January 24-30, 2016

The Revenant (2015)

Alejandro G. Iñárritu's prior film, Birdman (2014), was lauded by many for its innovative use of the single shot: the movie is designed to look like one continuous flow through the inner workings of show business. While initially interesting, I ultimately found this device to be irritating and distracting from the chaos transpiring around the camera. … Continue reading The Revenant (2015)

The Girl Next Door: Garland & Minnelli in “Meet Me in St. Louis” (1944)

The glorious technicolor MGM musical Meet Me in St. Louis brought future husband-and-wife Vincente Minnelli and Judy Garland together. This collaboration became a six-year-marriage and their daughter Liza, but it was a landmark for the film industry in general, as a key success for the MGM musical as a genre, and for their careers specifically. Prior to St. Louis, Garland was … Continue reading The Girl Next Door: Garland & Minnelli in “Meet Me in St. Louis” (1944)

Weekly Round-Up: January 17-23, 2016

Oscar season is now in full swing, and I'm steadily working towards my goal of seeing all the Best Picture & Screenplay nominees by The Big Night. This week also saw the Blu-ray release of one of my most beloved classic films. Last week, I saw: Sunset Boulevard (1950) - The inimitable classic Hollywood nightmare … Continue reading Weekly Round-Up: January 17-23, 2016

Joy (2015)

I wouldn't call Joy the best collaboration between writer/director David O. Russell and actress Jennifer Lawrence; I don't even know if it's their second-best. Not to blame them -  it's no easy feat to follow up the superb Silver Linings Playbook and the pretty-good American Hustle. Joy is the real-life story of a struggling divorced mother who's put her … Continue reading Joy (2015)