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Oscar challenge, W Best Picture - From Here to Eternity (1953) PINCH REVIEW

From Here to Eternity takes place stationed Pearl Harbor a few weeks leading up to the Japanese attack back in 1941.

We focus on two separate characters, soldiers, Sgt. 605 more words

Movie Talk

The Swimmer (1968)

The loneliest lonely-man movie ever made, based on what you’d think would be an unfilmable John Cheever short story: Burt Lancaster is a Connecticut family man who, apropos of nothing, appears in a neighbor’s yard and dives into the pool. 75 more words


[1958] Separate Tables

I have a strong connection to 1958′s Auntie Mame because it’s a movie that I would watch with my father every so often as a younger lad, but often enough for its lore to remain etched into my brain.  933 more words

First Take

The Swimmer (1968)

The Swimmer is a pretty astonishing, strange and  disturbing film. I first saw it many years ago on a late-night tv screening on a Friday or Saturday night, and it has, frankly, haunted me ever since. 660 more words


Mistaken Identity: Valdez is Coming!

Whenever I meet new acquaintances, fairly often they are surprised by my last name. (Yes, a random topic I pulled out of a rhetorical, imaginary hat.) “Valdez, really?” “No, really, what’s your… 368 more words


Sweet Smell of Success

“I’d hate to take a bite out of you. You’re a cookie full of arsenic.” – J. J. Hunsecker

“In the swift, cynical Sweet Smell of Success, 682 more words

Film Reviews

Blinded by Hindsight: "Executive Action" (1973)

       “EXECUTIVE ACTION”    (1973)

       After the brief but colorful period of wishful societal breakdown known as the 1960′s (a period of self-aggrandizing radicalism shamelessly extended for the convenience of nostalgic longings for the heyday of hippies, communal… 500 more words