William A. Wellman’s ‘Thunder Birds,’ or ‘Wings’ Light

In 1942, World War II was just getting started for the United States, although many other parts of the world had already been at war since 1939 (and the conflict between China and Japan began even earlier, in 1937). The U.S. Army needed pilots fast, and many were trained at Thunderbird Field in Glandale, Arizona.… Read More William A. Wellman’s ‘Thunder Birds,’ or ‘Wings’ Light

William Wyler’s ‘Carrie’: Drowning in Middle Age

Misfires can often be more interesting than classics, but there are so few of them in William Wyler’s filmography. He is the only person to direct three Best Picture winners, the only person with a resume that includes Jezebel, The Letter, The Westerner, The Big Country, Wuthering Heights, The Best Years Of Our Lives, Ben-Hur,… Read More William Wyler’s ‘Carrie’: Drowning in Middle Age

31 Days of Oscar Blogathon – ‘Let It Be’: It Don’t Come Easy

My contribution to this year’s 31 Days of Oscar Blogathon is a look at Let It Be, the winner of the Best Original Song Score Oscar at the 43rd Academy Awards. Thanks to Once Upon A Screen, Outspoken & Freckled and Paula’s Cinema Clubfor hosting this blogathon, and giving me an opportunity to share a look at this fascinating documentary. My entry last year was on A Man For All Seasons. The Beatles’ Let It Be is one… Read More 31 Days of Oscar Blogathon – ‘Let It Be’: It Don’t Come Easy

Paweł Pawlikowski’s ‘Cold War’ Review: Bad Romance

Sweeping romantic epics usually do not run less than 90 minutes and are typically not filmed in black and white, but Oscar-winning Polish director Paweł Pawlikowski’s latest film, the elegiac Cold War is just that. Loosely based on the romantic story of his own parents, the film condenses more than a decade of time into… Read More Paweł Pawlikowski’s ‘Cold War’ Review: Bad Romance