John Huston’s film noir, Key Largo, stars Humphrey Bogart as Frank McCloud, a disillusioned war veteran who stops off at the Hotel Largo to pay respects to the wife (Lauren Bacall) and father (Lionel Barrymore) of a deceased war buddy. Edward G. Robinson plays the murdering, washed up gangster Johnny Rocco. He, his ex-lounge singer […]Read More >>
What movie is your life like?
The screen went black unexpectedly. I stared at it for a confused moment, then got up and left the theater because it occurred to me that the film was over. I felt someone on my heels. “What did you think of that movie?” A woman overtook me in the lobby demanding to know. Her face […]Read More >>
Argo is a riveting, smart, exacting film. Based on a true story related to the 1979 Iranian Hostage Crisis, six Americans managed to slip out of the embassy just before the Islamist revolutionaries stormed the building. The Canadian ambassador gave them refuge in his home when others wouldn’t. The story follows the CIA’s plot to […]Read More >>
A rural schoolteacher makes a stop in an outback town on his way to Sydney and his life quickly descends into hell. Martin Scorsese, director of Mean Streets, said the 1971 film “Wake in Fright” left him speechless. I wouldn’t recommend it to my worst enemy. It wasn’t enough that the movie was so visceral and […]Read More >>
A close friend cooked dinner for me the other night. He’s first-generation Italian, and fiercely passionate about the culinary traditions of his homeland. I often get to reap the benefits…and endure the castigations…for instance, when I mentioned Stanley Tucci’s new cookbook, he calmly stopped what he was doing, and I knew what was coming next: a […]Read More >>
The streets were dazzling after the evening rains. The shops closed. I watched a few couples pass by with umbrellas from where I sat at an outside table in a mostly empty café on the rue Saint-Placide. In the Left Bank, not far from the streets where Hemingway’s characters wandered about in The Sun Also […]Read More >>