It Happened One Night

I think this characteristic relates to is an explanation of why Capra’s body of work has evolved into being a touch-stone for political and social conservatives. They think that they are latching onto George Bailey, and Mr. Smith; in fact, they are really nostalgic for the dynamics of a patriarchal society that revolves around a big man, be it Mr. Potter or Jim Taylor. The longing is for the world at the beginning, not the end, of Capra’s movies. Or to put it another way, the conservatives are disregarding the economic sub-text, as unsubtle as it is, and honing in instead upon the sexual dynamics of Capra’s films.

Midnight Cowboy

Film Title

Midnight Cowboy

Synopsis

A love story wrapped around a ground-breaking film

Director

John Schlesinger

Cast

Dustin Hoffman
Jon Voight
Sylvia Miles
John McGiver
Brenda Vaccaro
Barnard Hughes
Ruth White
Jennifer Salt

MIDNIGHT COWBOY MOVIE REVIEW Movies have been often characterized as innovative, ground-breaking, trend-setting or wildly original, and these terms can be overused, but I cannot emphasize enough what a bold and courageous experiment in cinema was Midnight Cowboy. It is hard to comprehend that it has been 50 years since this Oscar-winning film was released, […]

The Lost Weekend

Film Title

The Lost Weekend

Synopsis

An Alcoholic alone for a harrowing weekend.

Director

Billy Wilder

Cast

Ray Milland
Jane Wyman
Phillip Terry
Howard DaSilva
Frank Faylen
Doris Dowling

The Wet House provides a judgment-free atmosphere for drunks, but there was no such thing in the world of this ground-breaking movie that was made in 1945. Don Birnam is a part time writer and a full time, 24-carat alcoholic. For someone like Don Birnam, the judgment was EVERYWHERE, his supporting brother, to a lesser […]

Forgotten Classics: The Swimmer (1968)

Film Title

The Swimmer

Synopsis

Burt dips his wicks in multiple suburban swimming pools on a warm summer’s day

Director

Frank Perry -Sydney Pollack

Cast

Burt Lancaster
Janet Languard
Janice Rule
Charles Drake
Marge Champion

Burt Lancaster, John Cheever, suburban ennui, and one extremely tight pair of swim trunks.

KISS ME DEADLY

Film Title

Kiss Me Deadly

Synopsis

Mike Hammer picks up a desperate woman hitchhiker who is subsequently murdered

Director

Robert Aldrich

Cast

Ralph Meeker
Cloris Leachman
Albert Dekker
Paul Stewart
Mort Marshal
Strather Morton

A malicious bit of fun.