Category Archives: Movies / TV

The Whites Of Mayberry

Several years ago Andy Griffith, star of stage and screen, passed away years after Marilyn Monroe with whom he shared the same birthdate. The North Carolina native debuted as a hick comedian from the wrong side of the tracks and Griffith parlayed this success into a film career with critical hits in A FACE IN […]

89th Academy Awards

Everyone in the Arts dreams about the Oscars. Actors, directors, producers, actresses, writers, musicians, make-up artists, cinematographers, costumers et al. I know I’m leaving out someone, but who doesn’t in an Academy Awards acceptance speech. Even I once held such dreams, but tonight I’ll be watching the Boston Celtics versus Detroit. I have no dreams […]

NIGHT PORTER

The Third Reich had disappeared in 1945, but the images of its death camp horrors have gripped the imagination of filmmakers and holocaust survivors beyond the death of Hitler, but in 1974 Italian director Liliana Cavani explored the reincarnated sadomasochistic relationship between a SS officer and her concentration camp sex slave played by Charlotte Rampling. […]

Ventemilla

The 2009 Cannes Film Festival concluded with Austrian director Haneke’s “The White Ribbon” winning the Palme d”Or for yet-another movie about the Nazis. Ten years earlier my old girlfriend Candida Romero asked, “When will that war be over?” Possibly never. ANTICHRIST had been also recognized by the Ecumenical Council as the ‘anti-film’. It was booed […]

GOING SOUTH

Several years ago I watched Charlotte Rampling on the BBC. The actress had been a fantasy of mine after seeing THE NIGHT PORTER and the 60-year-old was promoting her new film by Laurent Cantent’s HEADING SOUTH. This movie featured a rare examination of sex, lust, and lust set in Haiti of the 1970s and Charlotte […]