Criterion is going to release Orson Welles’ ‘Othello’

It was reported overnight by Wellesnet that the Criterion Collection is going to release Orson Welles’ Othello on Blu-ray in Fall 2015. This is incredible news. Othello (1952) is the last completed Orson Welles movie that I haven’t seen yet. (Obviously, I haven’t seen The Other Side of the Wind, which hasn’t been completed…yet.) Hopefully, someone will… Read More Criterion is going to release Orson Welles’ ‘Othello’

“F For Fake” (1975)

My latest column is on Orson Welles’ final completed film, F For Fake (1975). I figured that with all the attention being given to Citizen Kane, his first film, this week that it might be a good time to look at his final masterwork. Here’s the link: The film questions what it means to be an… Read More “F For Fake” (1975)

“Citizen Kane” (1941)

Here is my review of the Citizen Kane Blu-ray: Citizen Kane still mystifies and wows audiences 70 years later. While the Blu-ray itself is magnificent, the ‘Ultimate Collector’s Edition’ bonuses are rather useless. Unless you need to see this right now, wait until Warner releases the Blu-ray itself, like they did withThe Wizard of Oz and Gone With The… Read More “Citizen Kane” (1941)

News Notes

First off, sorry about the lack of actual reviews being posted here. I’m now a full-time employee at, so all of my time is spent writing there. I’ve started Film Fridays, so I’ll be able to write on older films along with more recent ones. I’ll continue to post links to reviews that I… Read More News Notes

Five Favorite Classic Film Directors

I was asked to do a longer feature over at Buzzlegoose, so I decided to write up a full piece on five of my favorite classic film directors, including John Ford, Howard Hawks, Orson Welles, Stanley Kubrick and Alfred Hitchcock. Here’s the link:

“The Third Man” (1949)

Directed by Carol Reed Production Company: British Lion Films/Selznick International Pictures Language: English Length: 104 Minutes Features: Video introduction by writer-director Peter Bogdanovich Two audio commentaries: one by filmmaker Steven Soderbergh and screenwriter Tony Gilroy, and one by film scholar Dana Polan Shadowing “The Third Man” (2005), a ninety-minute feature documentary on the making of… Read More “The Third Man” (1949)