Category Archives: Rants and Ruminations

If I picked the Oscars

The nominations for this year’s Academy Awards come out tomorrow – and Academy of Motion Picture  Arts and Sciences is not asking my opinion.  But if I picked the Oscars: Best Picture:  My choice for the year’s best movie – … Continue reading

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Dorothy Malone and her one indelible scene

Actress Dorothy Malone has died at age 03.  She began making films in 1943 with a series of small parts, of which the most indelible came in 1948’s The Big Sleep with Humphrey Bogart.  Malone plays a bookstore clerk who takes … Continue reading

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historical musings on THE POST

Watching The Post kindled some thoughts on the historical figures depicted in the movie. Fritz Beebe, played by Tracy Letts in the movie, was a valued business advisor to Katharine Graham. Decades later Katharine Graham told Terry Gross on NPR’s … Continue reading

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2017 at the Movies: farewell to the icons

As important as are filmmakers, so are the great film popularizers. All movie fans owe a debt of gratitude to Robert Osborne, the longtime host of Turner Classic Movies. Osborne got his start in Hollywood as an actor, developed many … Continue reading

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The best movies of 2017

Every year, I keep a running list of the best movies I’ve seen this year. I usually end up with a Top Ten and another 5-15 mentions. Here’s last year’s list. To get on my year-end list, a movie has … Continue reading

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Happy Anniversary to The Wife!

Happy Anniversary to The Wife, also known as Lisa The Love of My Life! Once again, she tolerated my spending huge chunks of time at Cinequest, the San Francisco International Film Festival, Noir City, the SF Jewish Film Festival and … Continue reading

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2017 at the Movies: farewell to the actors

I first noticed the actor Bill Paxton as small town police chief Dale “Hurricane” Dixon in the 1992 indie neo-noir One False Move (a very underrated indie). In two more indelible and more widely remembered performances, he played the lead … Continue reading

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2017 at the Movies: farewell to the filmmakers

If he had made no other films, Jonathan Demme would be forever remembered for his horror masterpiece The Silence of the Lambs (1991), one of only three movies to win Oscars in all four major categories: Best Picture, Director (Demme), … Continue reading

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PSYCHO: the movie, the documentary and the podcast

It’s the favorite month for scary movies, so The Movie Gourmet is featuring Hitchcock’s classic Psycho, with two superb 2017 accompaniments. I recommend that you start with the six-part series of podcasts Inside Psycho.  Podcaster Mark Ramsey begins with the … Continue reading

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The films of Taylor Sheridan

The actor Taylor Sheridan has written three recent films, and he has emerged as one of America’s most important filmmakers.  The three movies are Sicario, Hell or High Water and Wind River (which is his directorial debut – I’m not … Continue reading

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