Be Cool (2005)

Acting Cool We are born into the doom of being actors. If we are lucky we discover who we are but until then we go through a process of acting a role. Some movies play with this idea, and “Get Shorty” was one of the most clever of these. It had two elements: that notion… Continue reading Be Cool (2005)

Jamaica Inn (1939)

Piracy Hitchcock eventually made some transcendent films. But that would be way later than this period, where he did his work as instructed and on time. His contribution to cinema was the invention of the camera whose awareness deviated from the narrative bound in the actors. In other words, the camera sees things and goes… Continue reading Jamaica Inn (1939)

The Business of Strangers (2001)

The Disconnected. So much of life consists of invisible missed opportunities. Usually, they are invisible because what we see appears so competent that it seems only natural that it be as it is. This is such an opportunity. Our two characters here are presented competently. Everything else in the project is acceptable. It has a… Continue reading The Business of Strangers (2001)

Jungle Jitters (1938)

Bamboozled I usually see these “banned” things and react variously. I think Amos and Andy, for instance is ennobling, and the often respected “Song of the South” disgusting in it racial typing. This one seems pretty offensive too, especially at the beginning where multi-hued cannibals prance around in what must be a near carbon copy… Continue reading Jungle Jitters (1938)

Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love (1996)

Club Exotica One of the several foibles of the United States is that we have no indigenous sexual exotica. All sexual archetypes are inherited from predecessor cultures (excepting the competing African-American cultures), which is one reason — I believe — that US popular culture is so widely consumed internationally. We repackage. Not so with India,… Continue reading Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love (1996)