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Are Old Movies Worth Watching?

I was recently asked this question in one of my film classes. There were a variety of answers: for historical purposes, as relics, to romanticize the past…but I love watching old movies for a different reason. 482 more words

Orson Welles Takes on William Randolph Hearst

In 1939, Orson Welles signed a contract to make two films with the Hollywood studio RKO.

This was no standard-issue movie contract. Nay, this contract likely made other filmmakers a bit envious: RKO guaranteed Welles… 667 more words


The American

Citizen Kane popped up on Turner Classic Movies the other night.  Having nothing better to do at 1:30 in the morning, I ended up watching the whole thing, just to make sure there wasn’t anything I’d missed the first 20 or 30 times I’d seen it. 1,128 more words

Film Thought: Showing Kids Jaws

As time moves on we must learn that things need to be contextualized. It takes no insight to show kids Jaws and sit there bemused as they’re unimpressed. 387 more words

Film Thought

The low road to Xanadu

It was a miracle of rare device,
A sunny pleasure-dome with caves of ice!

—Samuel Taylor Coleridge, “Kubla Khan”

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote of…

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The long and the short of it

One of the greatest compliments that we can pay to any story is that it seems shorter than it actually is. It’s obviously best for a narrative to be only as long as it has to be, and no more, which means that the creator needs to be willing to cut wherever necessary. 1,058 more words


Turner Classic Movies: The Essentials: 52 Must-See Movies And Why They Matter Book Review

“Turner Classic Movies: The Essentials: 52 Must-See Movies And Why They Matter” is too basic for film buffs. 319 more words

Book Review