Movie Quote of the Month
"The preeminance, during the past ten years, of the superhero movie has been accompanied by the loss of the actor as hero, or heroic type. "According to Marvel's philosophy," Ben Fritz writes, "the character, not the actors were the stars, and pretty much everyone was expendable." There was no separating (William) Powell from Nick Charles, or Humphrey Bogart from Sam Spade. Is there any connecting Batman to--fill in the blank? The quality of film acting has never been higher, and there is still a craft in scriptwriting and directing that makes one regularly bow with awe. But a minimal standard of human relatability is not being met, on a routine basis, in the medium's most dominant genre. People who are nothing like us rescuing a world that is nothing like ours is not a recipe for artistic renewal."
"Clobbering Time: How superheroes killed the movie star" by Stephen Metcalf in the May 28, 2018 The New Yorker
Miracle of Morgan's Creek (1944) Written and Directed by Preston Sturges. Eddie Bracken, Betty Hutton, Diana Lynn, William Demarest (9 stills)
NEW: July 25:
The Lady Eve (1941) Written and Directed by Preston Sturges. Henry Fonda, Barbara Stanwyck, Charles Coburn, Eugene Pallette, William Demarest (94 min)(11 stills) Updated
NEW: July 18:
The Awful Truth (1937) Directed by Leo McCarey. Irene Dunne, Cary Grant, Ralph Bellamy (91 min) (10 stills) Updated
NEW: June 1:
The Odd Couple (1968) Directed by Gene Saks. Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, John Fiedler, Herb Edelman (105 min.) Updated
NEW: May 11:
Lost in Paris (2016) Written, directed and starring Fiona Gordon and Dominique Abel, with Emmanuelle Riva, Pierre Richard (83 min) DCP
NEW: May 4:
The Love Punch (2013) Written and directed by Joel Hopkins. Pierce Brosnan, Emma Thompson, Timothy Spall, Celia Imrie (94 min) DVD
NEW: April 20:
Bend It Like Beckham (2002) Written and directed by Gurinder Chadha. Parminder Nagra, Kiera Knightley, Jonathan Rhys Meyers (112 min) PG-13
NEW: April 13:
Passport to Pimlico (1949) Directed by Henry Cornelius. Stanley Holloway, Margaret Rutherford, Hermione Baddeley (84 min) DCP (5 Stills)
NEW: March 9:
A program of silent short films in 35mm from the Library of Congress, with live music by Ethan Uslan. Selected by silent comedy expert Rob Stone. Gentleman of Nerve (1914) Charlie Chaplin, Mabel Normand, The Bell Hop (1921) Larry Semon, Oliver Hardy, Dogs of War (1923) Our Gang, Harold Lloyd, Dog Shy (1926) Charley Chase, Stuart Holmes, Big Business (1929) Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy
NEW: March 2:
High Fidelity (2000) Directed by Stephen Frears. John Cusack, Iben Hjejle, Jack Black (113 min) 35mm
NEW: February 16:
Bowfinger (1999) Directed by Frank Oz. Written by and Starring Steve Martin, with Eddie Murphy, Robert Downey, Jr. (97 min) PG-13 35mm from UNCSA
NEW: February 9:
Stand-In (1937) Directed by Tay Garnett. Leslie Howard, Joan Blondell, Humphrey Bogart (91 min) 35mm from UNCSA (8 stills).
NEW: February 2:
Bombshell (1933) Directed by Victor Fleming. Jean Harlow, Lee Tracy, Frank Morgan (86 min) DVD (10 stills).
NEW: January 26:
Il Boom (1963) Directed by Vittorio De Sica. Alberto Sordi, Gianna Maria Canale, Elena Nicolai (85 min) DCP (7 stills).
NEW: January 5:
The In-Laws (1979) Directed by Arthur Hiller. Peter Falk, Alan Arkin, Richard Libertini. (103 min) Blu-Ray. (6 stills).
NEW: December 8:
Mahogany (1975) Directed by Berry Gordy. Diana Ross, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Perkins (109 min). PG 35mm print from UNCSA (8 stills).
NEW: November 10:
Panique (1946) Directed by Julien Duvivier. Michel Simon, Viviane Romance, Max Dalban (91 min). In French with English subtitles. Restoration on DCP
NEW: November 3:
Lured (1947) Directed by Douglas Sirk. Lucille Ball, George Sanders, Boris Karloff (102 min) Restoration on DCP (12 stills).
NEW: October 20:
Dead Again(1991) Directed by Kenneth Branagh. Kenneth Branagh, Emma Thompson, Derek Jacobi (107 min) R 35mm from UNCSA (7 stills).
NEW: October 13:
Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920) Directed by Robert Wiene. Werner Krauss, Conrad Veidt, Lil Dagover. Live music by the Mallarme Chamber Players
NEW: October 6:
Sudden Fear (1952) Directed by David Miller. Joan Crawford, Jack Palance, Gloria Grahame (111 min) New Restoration on DCP (11 stills).
NEW: September 22:
Notorious (1946) Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman, Claude Rains (101 min) 35mm print (10 stills)