Category Archives: Movies

Notes on “The Last of the Mohicans”

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: This 1936 adaptation of James Fenimore Cooper’s frontier classic was directed by George B. Seitz, a veteran of the silent serials, and in its simplicity and rat-a-tat pacing it’s likely to appeal most to young boys … Continue reading

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Movie Still Du Jour

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Barbara Nichols as the cigarette girl in SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS (1957).

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Rant Du Jour: Why Rob from “High Fidelity” Sucks

Blowhard, Esq. writes: We’re all arts sophisticates around here, right? We love the good things in life like pro wrestling, Michael Bay movies, and Mickey Spillane novels. We cultivate our refined taste and enjoy bantering with like-minded aesthetes. Ergo, you’d think … Continue reading

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“Lion” (2016)

Blowhard, Esq. writes: A boy from a tiny destitute Indian village is separated from his family, winds up over 1,200 miles from home on the streets of Calcutta, narrowly escapes sexual predators multiple times, is taken to a Dickensian orphanage, a … Continue reading

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“Elle”

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: Over the last 20 years Paul Verhoeven has displayed a fascination for put-through-the-wringer women. He likes their defiant glamour and their steadfastness in the face of chaos. In “Showgirls,” “Black Book,” and now “Elle” one has … Continue reading

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Quote Du Jour: James M. Cain on Titles

Blowhard, Esq. writes: James M. Cain had wanted to call his first novel “Bar-B-Que.” Alfred Knopf quite rightly thought that was a terrible title. Cain suggested “Black Puma” or “The Devil’s Checkbook.” The publisher disliked those, too, and proposed calling it … Continue reading

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Let Us Now Praise the White Saviors of Black Music

Blowhard, Esq. writes: In a dialogue with fellow New York Times movie critic A.O. Scott, Manohla Dargis criticized the continuing white-centric nature of most Hollywood films: “Sully” is about professionalism and expertise, specifically those of a white hero, which is … Continue reading

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