Year in Film: 1957

Escapade in Japan

Read Escapade in Japan

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

Read I Was A Teenage Werewolf

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 […]


Read Sayonara

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?

Read Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?

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

Read Witness for the Prosecution

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 told you about danger, didn't I? First it makes you sick, then when you get through it, it makes you very, very loving.”
-Arthur Adamson (William Devane)
from Family Plot