Tag Archives: film

Friday Fun: Apocalypse Now

Long before he ruined liberals for real presidential candidates, Martin Sheen (as Captain Benjamin L. Willard) made his way into the jungles of Vietnam on a mission to terminate (“with extreme prejudice”) Marlon Brando’s Colonel Kurtz in the 1979 adaptation of Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness. Though the novel is a classic work that speaks […]


Friday Fun: Sabotage

Alfred Hitchcock (liberally) adapted Conrad’s novel in 1936 as Sabotage. It’s an entertaining, concise and sometimes chilling variation on the novel. Hard to imagine, though, that there are many other suspense films that open with a close-up of a dictionary page… Quentin Tarantino incorporated one clip from the film into his 2009 movie Inglorious Basterds. […]


Freud in Context

In David Cronenberg’s 2011 film about the brief, intense, profoundly important friendship between Sigmund Freud and C.G. Jung, it is Jung who takes center stage. Twenty years younger than Freud, Jung had a far sexier role to play in this particular story – he was, in turn, psychiatrist, supervisor, lover and colleague to Sabina Spielrein, […]


100th Post: High Times

In this 100th blog post, I’m pleased to find a timely reference to my own past. Acrobatics runs in my family and I did gymnastics as a child, though never quite like the above. The New York Times marks the passing of the last World War I veteran, a 110-year-old woman who served on the […]


Quotable: Meryl Streep

Streep delivered this thoughtful, moving commencement address at Barnard in 2010, and she spoke with Fresh Air‘s Terry Gross this week. Here’s an excerpt from Monday’s interview in which Streep discusses her experience filming The Iron Lady and the need for minimal yet transformative makeup: It’s not about the audience. It’s all about fooling the […]


Friday Fun: Trailer Talk

There’s no enticement quite like an artfully made movie trailer, and it doesn’t spoil the fun to get a better idea of how the pieces come together – and increasingly fly apart. Film Historian Wheeler Winston Dixon helps NPR’s Monkey See put some of the classiest recent trailers in context: “The shots are shorter and […]


The Age of Magic

If you think of Houdini as a man of art, you also have to think of him as a man of science. As most artists in the past, he is always working at the edge of technological development…That’s why I think when you see interesting magic today, you have to think about films, imagination. That’s […]