FEUD: Bette and Joan

Here, at the outset, I will admit to the following - I was not particularly excited at the prospect of… [more]

FEUD: Bette and Joan FEUD: Bette and Joan

Commentary on Deadline Article on “Moonlight”

Yesterday, an ILC reader brought something to my attention that amazed and excited me in equal measure.… [more]

Commentary on Deadline Article on “Moonlight” Commentary on Deadline Article on "Moonlight"

Umberto D. (1952): A Lovely Introduction to Italian Neorealism

Something washed over me when I was watching Umberto D., the 1952 classic Italian neorealist film directed… [more]

Umberto D. (1952): A Lovely Introduction to Italian Neorealism Umberto D. (1952): A Lovely Introduction to Italian Neorealism

Summary Thoughts on “Logan” (2017)

This has taken way, way too long to make its way to my blog.  But it is here now so let’s have at… [more]

Summary Thoughts on “Logan” (2017) Summary Thoughts on "Logan" (2017)

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Pre-Codes at TCMFF 2017

Another highlight of my time spent in Hollywood for this year's TCM Film Festival involved getting to catch a couple of pre-Code films. While I may not be as well-versed as some, this is a sub-genre that holds great interest for me within the greater world of classic cinema. And sure, a lot of … [Read More...]

Nitrate and the 2017 TCM Classic Film Festival

This is the first in a two-part series in which I discuss some delights from my attendance at the 2017 TCM Classic Film Festival. For the most part, this festival can be summed up for me in word - nitrate. Now I will admit my knowledge on this subject is rather limited and restricted to a base … [Read More...]

FEUD: Bette and Joan

Here, at the outset, I will admit to the following - I was not particularly excited at the prospect of watching Ryan Murphy's latest televisual project on FX (FEUD: Bette and Joan). And not because of the subject (obviously). In fact, I have a great appreciation for both Ms.'s Davis and Crawford. … [Read More...]

Summary Thoughts on “Logan” (2017)

This has taken way, way too long to make its way to my blog.  But it is here now so let’s have at it - my thoughts on the recent release Logan. Stated plainly, Logan was not only a superior part of the “Hugh Jackman as Wolverine” franchise, but in general, it is a superior superhero film. Full stop. … [Read More...]

Umberto D. (1952): A Lovely Introduction to Italian Neorealism

Something washed over me when I was watching Umberto D., the 1952 classic Italian neorealist film directed by Vittorio De Sica. In the wake of Ken Loach's masterful I, Daniel Blake, I felt a sense of deja-vu in reverse. The similarities were jarring - the tale of a poor, elderly pensioner (Carlo … [Read More...]

My Take on “Get Out” (2017)

Where does one begin with Get Out? I feel as if I can’t even put much together in terms of a critical analysis since I am, hours later, still trying not to stumble over my thoughts as to what all of it means. This alone is one reason that makes this feature, written and directed by Jordan Peele, a … [Read More...]

Commentary on Deadline Article on “Moonlight”

Yesterday, an ILC reader brought something to my attention that amazed and excited me in equal measure. So much so I decided to take a short break from my other drafts to wax poetic about what I read; it concerns the international market success for the Oscar-nominated film Moonlight, which I … [Read More...]

I Am Not Your Negro (2016/7)

Where does one begin with this amazing documentary and make no mistake - let’s get that out of the way – this is an AMAZING documentary that I recommend everyone seek and discover. In these uncertain times, I have often found myself at a loss of words on how to articulate exactly what I feel as I … [Read More...]

Fences (2016) – from the Great White Way to the Silver Screen

Many years ago, I had the great pleasure of seeing Denzel Washington and Viola Davis perform the August Wilson play Fences on Broadway. Fast forward a few years later, imagine my surprise (?) when news came out that they would be reprising their roles for the big screen. Of course, the cynical side … [Read More...]

Sing Street (2016)

Maybe somewhere buried in this blog (or maybe not), I have talked about my unwavering love of music from the 1980s. Hands down and without a doubt it is a favorite period of mine. Just talking about the sounds of the era automatically fill me up with a sense of nostalgia. I guess some of my … [Read More...]

Looking Back at 2016

As the sun sets on what can only be described as an "interesting" year, time for some reflections, thoughts, and hope for what is to come in 2017 both cinematically and for the world as a whole. A bunch of wouldas-couldas-shouldas. Normally I am eager to run to my latest multiplex or art house … [Read More...]