Reinforcing the Norm: Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s <em>Don Jon</em>
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Reinforcing the Norm: Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Don Jon

Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a very busy man: he is an accomplished actor and runs the production company hitREcord. A majority of the female population would also argue his being attractive as a full-time job. Now Gordon-Levitt as added the jobs of writer and director in his romantic comedy Don Jon. The film follows Jon, (Gordon-Levitt), … Continue reading

Blu-Ray Review:  The Earrings of Madame de…
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Blu-Ray Review: The Earrings of Madame de…

The father of the auteur theory in America, critic Andrew Sarris, once wrote that Max Ophüls’s The Earrings of Madame de… (1953) was “the most perfect film ever made.”  He was right.  Rarely has a director been able to meticulously orchestrate film form in the service of narrative without losing a certain poetry.  The endless tracking shots, working … Continue reading

Life Lessons from Andy Hardy
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Life Lessons from Andy Hardy

Welcome to Carvel, USA. A world of manicured lawns, respectful children, manners and morality. It’s also home to Judge Hardy and family, whose rambunctious, girl crazy boy Andy, the wholesome All American boy of this wholesome All American town, was the focus of a tremendously popular film series of films during the height of Hollywood’s … Continue reading

DVD Review:  The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek
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DVD Review: The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek

Film critic James Agee wrote after seeing Preston Sturges’s The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek (1944) that “the Hays office must have been raped in its sleep.”  Indeed, it’s difficult to think of a post-code film that feels as much like a pre-code film as this screwball comedy, recently re-issued by the Warner Archive Collection.  The one of … Continue reading

DVD Review:  The Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy
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DVD Review: The Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy

I love The Kids in the Hall.  The Canadian sketch comedy group, which rose to fame with their Lorne Michaels (Saturday Night Live) produced television show (1988-1994), embodies a unique blend of quirk and surreal not seen on television since Monty Python’s Flying Circus (1969-1974).  The Chicken Lady, the Girl Drink Drunk, and Manny Coon’s art school … Continue reading