A merely adequate double bill keeps you awake and engaged, whereas the best double bills create opposing and complementary forces that allow for a dialogue between films. In his New York Times feature, “In Praise of the Double Feature,” J. Hoberman states “the double feature created the art of programming.” Home moviewatchers fancy themselves festival programmers every time they plan a multi-movie lineup or invite friends over for a movie marathon. Picking any two random movies from your shelf requires no nuance or consideration. That’s not programming. Good doubles (or triples!) hold our interest throughout and leave us wanting more – no matter how much movie we endure. But what’s the difference between adequacy and excellence? Let’s dive deeper.Read More
An actor jumps onto a lamppost on a rainy California night. Three sailors on leave fling their arms out wide to greet the “wonderful town” of New York. A painter dances in the fountains of Paris with Leslie Caron. The images that fill our heads when someone says the name Gene Kelly are endless but there's a good chance that they come from one of his three most iconic movies — namely SINGIN' IN THE RAIN, ON THE TOWN, or AN AMERICAN IN PARIS.
Timeless and awe-inspiring, those are his most universally beloved pictures for a reason… but with his groundbreaking work throughout Hollywood's Golden Age, the Philadelphia born and raised actor-dancer-singer-choreographer-filmmaker left us with many more films to savor, starting with these five you shouldn't miss, available to rent now from DVD Netflix.Read More
The 1990s formed a great decade for comedy in film, especially fun and downright silly movies. Stories that contain characters placed outside of their elements are especially entertaining, and they open up the plot to all kinds of hilarious situations. Examples are: A kid alone at home or in a big city, businessmen playing cowboys, men in unconventional gender roles, nerdies turning suave, wives becoming exes, and eccentrics residing among the “normal.” Let’s take a look at seven titles from the 1990s that are worth watching if you’re in need of a belly laugh.Read More
A fellow DVD Netflix writer asked us recently what got us interested in watching movies in general. For me it was Congo (1995). Crazy right? I grew up watching some movies but was mostly a child of TV and books. It wasn’t until I saw Congo on the big screen that I thought oh movies are cool I want to watch more. Throughout the latter half of the 1990s I watched a lot of movies, mostly period pieces and literary adaptations but I loved cheesy romcoms and an over-the-top thrillers.Read More
It’s still hot out. Everyone is still dressed in T-shirts and shorts and sundresses. The air still wafts with the aroma of sunscreen and grilled chicken. Pretty soon another summer is going to be in the books and that will be that. Let’s hold onto summer a little bit longer. Today I want to propose several movies to celebrate August and the end of summer so we can all hold on to it a bit longer.