Author Archives: Blowhard, Esq.

About Blowhard, Esq.

Amateur, dilettante, wannabe.

Happy Fourth of July!

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Via Wikipedia: Oliver was one of three judges during the trials held after the Boston Massacre. Thomas Hutchinson was pleased with the work that Peter Oliver did, and made him chief justice of the Superior Court in 1772. Oliver complained often … Continue reading

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21st Century Movies: The NYT v. Us

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Manohla Dargis and A.O. Scott, the two main film critics at The New York Times, have released their list of the best movies of the 21st century so far: 1. There Will Be Blood 2. Spirited Away 3. … Continue reading

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The Art of the Opening Title: The Americans, Season 4

Blowhard, Esq. writes: An interview with an animator who created it. He also worked on the opening titles for TRUE DETECTIVE.

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Juxtaposin’: Italian Midlife Crisis Death

Blowhard, Esq. writes: The ending of David Chase’s THE SOPRANOS seems too similar to the ending of Elio Petri’s I GIORNI CONTATI to be a coincidence. Petri’s film was never released in the United States, but given that it’s an Italian film … Continue reading

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Movie Du Jour: “Cluny Brown” (1946)

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Lubitsch’s last completed movie which, for some reason, isn’t discussed or cited as frequently as his other classics. Charles Boyer and Jennifer Jones are excellent. Pauline Kael wrote: A girl with a passion for plumbing is terribly repugnant … Continue reading

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Quote Du Jour: This Is Your Captain Speaking

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Anyone who travels very much on airlines in the United States soon gets to know the voice of the airline pilot…coming over the intercom…with a particular drawl, a particular folksiness, a particular down-home calmness that is so exaggerated it … Continue reading

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Juxtaposin’: Wisdom Literature

Blowhard, Esq. writes: In the New Yorker, Richard Brody writes: Of course, “Wonder Woman” is a superhero movie, and it fulfills the heroic and mythic demands of that genre, but it’s also an entry in the genre of wisdom literature that shares … Continue reading

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