Steven Hyden introduced his five-albums test more than a decade ago as a third way to judge a band, short of its popularity or its critical acclaim. While this one is not meant to stand on its own—for example, he’s not sure that either Bob Dylan nor the Rolling Stones had made five great albums… Read More The Five-Movies Test or: Which Director Has Had the Best Stretch of Consecutive Feature-Length Films in English?
I’m joining in the spirit of the year-in-review post, even though the way I watch movies isn’t really conducive to the kind of list that one usually sees at the end of the year. (Incidentally, if you happen to be a recent music aficionado, friend of the blog Matt will have his year-end list of… Read More 2018 Year-End Review: Fifty Movies
Dir. Bob Fosse. Starring Shirley MacLaine, John McMartin, Chita Rivera Usually it is a death sentence for a movie if its best scenes don’t really include its major character or have anything to do with its plot. Sweet Charity doesn’t deserve the chair, though; if it were a person it would have been released already for time… Read More Sweet Charity (1969)
Dir. Bob Fosse. Starring Dustin Hoffman, Valerie Perrine, Jan Miner Lenny Bruce (Hoffman) is delivering his stand-up act, pulling from current events and the newspaper as is his wont. He’s intrigued by the discrepancy in pay for Zsa Zsa Gabor’s Las Vegas act ($60,000 salary) and the best-paid teachers in Nevada ($6,000). It’s “sick,” he… Read More Lenny (1974)
The following is from my series of Oscar Best Picture rankings, as well as my strongly worded suggestions for what should have won from among the nominees. For an introduction to the project, click here. For a way to vote on some Oscar-related ideas, click here. If I’ve written a review on any of the… Read More Better than the Oscars: 5-2
Dir. Bob Fosse. Starring Roy Scheider, Leland Palmer, Ann Reinking All That Jazz is such a mess, and it’s one of the most entertaining and spellbinding messes I’ve ever seen. Take the first six minutes or so of the movie, which give us Joe Gideon’s (Scheider) morning routine, a peek into the gray world of Angelique… Read More All That Jazz (1979)
The following is part of an overview of the top 100 American narrative fiction feature films, from my perspective. For an introduction to the project and an index of other entries in the series, click here. For a list of more than 800 films which I considered for the top 450 and my eligibility qualifications, click here.… Read More Better than AFI’s Top 100: 85-81
Honorable mentions: “Two Ladies,” “Mein Herr” the sun in the meadow is summery warm the stag in the forest is bae https://t.co/MlwzTp4buY — Jason Linkins (@dceiver) December 8, 2015 (I promise, that’s the only time Donald Trump’s name appear near this post.) Q: “Tomorrow Belongs to Me”? Isn’t this the Nazi song from Cabaret? A:… Read More Songs from Musicals: #44, “Tomorrow Belongs to Me,” from Cabaret