. . . about a girl and an Evinrude. Click on the image to enlarge.
Frame from John Ford’s Rio Grande, shot on the Colorado River near Moab, Utah. Myself in more or less the same location a couple of years ago, photographed by Paul Zahl.. Click on the images to enlarge.
. . . at the dark end of the street. Hugh McCarten stars in the newest Noir Bars: New York offering from Majestic Micro Movies — a series of extremely short tales of lost souls in desolate bars on the … Continue reading
Preliminary reports are not encouraging . . . [Image courtesy of ASIFA—Hollywood Animation Archive]
Paul Zahl (of The Zahl File) offers another meditation on an extraordinary bit of American culture from days gone by, the T. V. series One Step Beyond. If you don't remember it, or never saw it, Paul suggests that you … Continue reading
[Photo © 2009 Tristan Forward] Tristan, over at the new emotional blackmailer's handbook, continues to post his lovely photographs of lovely things — and what could be lovelier than the pint glass above, sitting on a table in a … Continue reading
Last month I started off on a road trip with my sister Lee and her two kids, Nora and Harry, down the length of the Baja California peninsula. It was a journey of great adventures but surprisingly easy and trouble-free, … Continue reading
Best described by one reviewer as “a film without a constituency”, The Lone Ranger works overtime to alienate any constituency it might have had in theory. Within the first fifteen minutes we are shown The Lone Ranger and Tonto robbing … Continue reading
This silent film directed by Henry King is handsomely made, with interesting location shooting in Italy where the turbulent melodrama is mostly set. The film doesn’t have a lot of visual flair — there are only two or three memorable … Continue reading
This film, from 1939, is one of the most entertaining of all Westerns but one that’s very hard to categorize. At its heart is a sort of romantic comedy dynamic between Tom Destry, played by James Stewart, and Frenchy, played … Continue reading
[Warning -- SPOILERS below . . .] I saw this film when it came out in 1971. I was 21 then and didn’t like it much. I was a film purist and was annoyed by all the zooms and telephoto … Continue reading
[SPOILER ALERT -- don't read further if you haven't yet watched True Detective but plan to.] So it ended up being lurid pulp fiction after all, not a supernatural thriller. The title should have tipped us off about this. Yet … Continue reading
The great cinematographer Gordon Willis (above) didn’t like zooms in general and especially not in period films. He and Coppola agreed early on they they wouldn’t use zooms for The Godfather. There is, however, one obvious zoom in the movie, … Continue reading