Films

From the Stacks: "Journey into the Night"
September 23, 1946
July 23, 2013

In honor of Raymond Chandler's birthday, our 1946 review of the film version of his novel "The Big Sleep," starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall.

Depp v. Pitt: The Dual Fate of the Leading Man
July 09, 2013

They have things in common. Johnny is only a few months older than Brad. They were country boys from the rough northern edge of the South: Johnny Depp was born in Owensboro, Kentucky; and Brad Pitt was born in Shawnee, Oklahoma.

Naturalism, Beauty, and Babies
June 14, 2013

It would be hard to name the most brutal example of naturalism since the style came in about a century ago, and the last place one would have looked for a contender is the Venice Film Festival.

Pacino as Phil Spector, Power Player Extraordinaire
March 23, 2013

The HBO biopic Phil Spector isn't a truthful work—but it gets some things very right.

Bikini Overkill
Harmony Korine's Dystopian Vision
March 21, 2013

Spring Breakers is lacquered with so much Hollywood gloss, it's  hard to tell what's underneath.

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