What movie is your life like?

Month: October 2012

A film lovers guide to dealing with the hurricane…

A film lovers guide to dealing with the hurricane…

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 […]

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The Loneliest Planet

The Loneliest Planet

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 […]

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Act Man, Act

Act Man, Act

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 […]

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She sees him everywhere…

She sees him everywhere…

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 […]

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A Big Night All Around

A Big Night All Around

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 […]

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My Midnight in Paris

My Midnight in Paris

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 […]

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