January 2019

“The probing fingers continued to move up and there was no way to stop them. Helplessly I stood there as his hands settled firmly upon the packets taped under my arms.” (p 7)

My Top 10

  1. Midnight Express
  2. Heaven Can Wait
  3. Watership Down
  4. Superman
  5. The Chess Players
  6. California Suite
  7. Invasion of the Body Snatchers
  8. Conflagration

Note:  There were originally 10 films on this list but after re-watching them (which I had to do anyway because they earned nominations from the WGA and Oscars), I cut both Same Time Next Year and Bloodbrothers. (more…)

I don’t think anyone was predicting that Roma would tie for the most nominations any more than anyone was predicting that Bradley Cooper would pull a 2012 Ben Affleck rather than a 1978 / 1981 Warren Beatty.  But the nominations are official now, so here comes the notes and trivia. (more…)

This opening bit might not be in the book but most of what follows is.

My Top 10

  1. That Obscure Object of Desire
  2. King Lear
  3. Equus
  4. Oh God
  5. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  6. The Marquise de O
  7. Dersu Uzala

Note:  That’s it.  That’s all I’ve got.  I had actually placed Jacob the Liar on the list (at #4) but when I looked at it again, I realized that it was a screenplay first, then, when cutbacks in film production in East Germany delayed the film for nearly a decade, it was rewritten as a novel.  But the screenplay had already existed which means, in spite of the credits, it’s not really an adapted script and I can skip having to review a very good film (and book) that are also brutally depressing so Happy New Year (2019) to me. (more…)

A Century of Film


The Genre

Though there are those who consider a less stringent definition, for me, a War film is one that actually depicts what is going on during the war.  By that, I generally mean the combat field, though it can also mean those fighting the war who aren’t in actual combat.  I don’t, for the most part, mean things that are happening due to effects of the war (for instance, Holocaust films or other films about civilians during the war), though those do sometimes get war sub-genres. (more…)