Year in Film: 1957

Escapade in Japan

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I saw Escapade in Japan at a movie screening and networking event that is held roughly once a month at a cozy little restaurant in Tokyo. As with all of the other films I have caught at this event, this one was much, much more fun to watch with a group of like-minded people. Although […]


I Was A Teenage Werewolf

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I Was a Teenage Werewolf is a notable film for several reasons. The most cited one it that it introduced America to a young actor named Michael Landon, who was actually 20 at the time, making the title a bit of a misnomer. The movie also played a pivotal role in the remarkable history of […]


Sayonara

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This is so obvious that it hardly seems worth mentioning, but it is something that can also easily be forgotten—the audience that you watch a movie with can really effect how much you enjoy it. Tonight I was reminded of this when I attended a movie night organized by a Tokyo-based American screen writer and […]


Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?

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Last August I finally got around to seeing the Jayne Mansfield flick The Girl Can’t Help It, which had been on my to-watch list for years. It was an empty, completely frivolous Technicolor spectacle featuring a mere wisp of a plot and a bunch of early rock and roll numbers thrown in for very little […]


Witness for the Prosecution

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The courtroom drama has to be one of the most challenging genres for directors, given the basic necessity of creating a dramatic situations that stay in one location, and having to create a narrative structure that sticks to the basic manner of legal proceedings. Hitchcock tried and later admitted he had failed in the Paradine […]


Random Quote

“I've gotten so I'm afraid to turn around for fear of what will happen next.”
-Margaret DeLorca (Bette Davis)
from Dead Ringer