Network (1976)

I’d like to begin this (long overdue) post by quoting a headline from a recent yahoo.com news story: “Michelle Obama wearing shorts proved too much for the media.” I think the implications of such a news ‘story’ sum up the film, Network, pretty well.  Though I’m very weary of jumping to the conclusion that Network is a film that accurately reflects today’s media sentiments. I … Continue reading Network (1976)

The Grapes of Wrath (1940)

I thought that since the novel had been published in 1939, and the film came out in 1940, that more than likely the director, John Ford, and screenwriter would have stuck a little more closely to the novel. Well, I was right in some respects; wrong in others.  I’m not going to bother researching John Steinbeck’s role in the making of this film but if … Continue reading The Grapes of Wrath (1940)

The Grapes of Wrath (Novel, 1939)

As my faithful readers know (thank you!), this is a blog devoted entirely to analyzing film. And, I normally stick pretty closely to the unspoken tenets of only writing about films. But once before on this blog, I ventured into writing about Arthur C. Clarke’s Odyssey Tetralogy because of the corresponding films and my overpowering desire to write about the books in a place where … Continue reading The Grapes of Wrath (Novel, 1939)

Camp de Thiaroye (1987)

I have seen two other Ousmane Sembene films: Black Girl and Borom Sarret (1966).  I showed one of my college writing classes Black Girl and I remember someone saying they were tired of the whole Black-White thing, and why couldn’t we just move past it. Well, sure, the film deals with issues of Black and White, but from a completely different context than we are … Continue reading Camp de Thiaroye (1987)

First Men In The Moon (1964)

This was a delightful film, filled with truly spectacular special effects. Actually, the Special Features documentary on Ray Harryhausen, the creator of the film’s stop-motion animation effects, was a highlight of the disc.  Harryhausen created the memorable effects on films like Clash of the Titans, the Sinbad series, Jason & The Argonauts, 1 Million Years B.C. etc. I’ve said many times on this blog that … Continue reading First Men In The Moon (1964)

3:10 to Yuma (2007)

I’ve said before on this blog that I like Westerns.  I mostly like Spaghetti Westerns, but the occasional American Western will do. This film presented an interesting concept:  outlaws mixing with regular guys mixing with railroad and law men.  Ultimately, what stands out for me are the interactions between Wade (Crowe) and Evans (Bale).  What was striking in this film was the depiction of Wade … Continue reading 3:10 to Yuma (2007)