| Aug 3, 2012
| 4:06 PM
In case you haven't heard, there is a new top dog when it comes to the greatest movies of all time.
Sight and Sound's list has Alfred Hitchcock's psychological thriller "Vertigo" replacing Orson Welles classic "Citizen Kane."
For 50 years, "Citizen...
| Feb 23, 2013
While it's true that there's only so much anyone can say about the Oscars, remember it can be said again and again. As a reader (and writer), I know by now that there are 10 abiding Oscar stories. Here they are, all in a single article:
| Feb 23, 2013
| 10:30 PM
Donald Richie, an American expatriate in Japan who became that country's preeminent Western interpreter, explaining its culture — from cinema to Zen to tattoos — in books and essays that illuminated the author's psyche as much as that of his...
| Feb 12, 2013
Once in a while, a movie slips under your radar. For about, oh, 20 years. In 'Big-screen blind spot,' we sit down with those 'classic' movies everybody but us has seen and give them the nostalgia critic treatment.
Confession: Until this week, I had never...
| Feb 14, 2013
| 8:45 AM
The strangest part of this story may be that in the middle of World War II, 74-year-old British author H.G. Wells took a train to Texas to speak to a meeting of the United States Brewers Assn. I can't quite figure out why he was tapped to speak there;...
| Feb 15, 2013
Richard Collins, a screenwriter during the McCarthy era who was blacklisted for several years before he cooperated with the Communist-hunting House Un-American Activities Committee, died Thursday in Ventura.
The onetime Communist Party member was 98...
| Jan 3, 2013
| 1:42 PM
Now that Christmas is over, I have a new seasonal tune stuck in my head. Maybe it wasn't intended as a holiday song, but it's one I often find myself humming around the end of December and start of January: "Nothing Was Delivered," an obscure Bob Dylan...
| Nov 23, 2012
| 7:52 AM
I'm pretty sure we can account for three of the best-male-actor nominees when the Academy Awards lists come out on Jan. 10.
I've just seen a trio of excellent performances: Denzel Washington in "Flight," Daniel Day-Lewis in "Lincoln" and John Hawkes in...
| Nov 25, 2011
| 4:36 PM
In a time when CGI spectacle and dizzying 3-D effects dominate the box office, an unlikely new silent black-and-white movie — by a French filmmaker, no less — is captivating critics. "The Artist," written and directed by Michel Hazanavicius,...
| Nov 18, 2011
The long awaited beginning of the end of the Twlight series begins today.
"Breaking dawn: Part one" sees the marriage of the vampire Edward (Robert Pattinson) with mortal Bella (Kristen Stewart) while the werewolf Jacob (Taylor Lautner) is not happy...
| Oct 15, 2011
| 8:21 PM
It seems counterintuitive to say the most successful portions of the Orlando Philharmonic's tribute to great movies came when I forgot the orchestra was there.
But in this case, that's a compliment.
In the season-opening pops performance, the...
| Feb 24, 2012
| 9:42 PM
On Sunday, Hollywood celebrates itself and honors its own. All eyes (or most of them anyway) will be on the presentations of the Academy Awards.
But do the Oscars always end up in the right hands? Opinions abound on this topic, and what follows is only...