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Man on a Ledge (review)

Well. Rarely has a movie been so accurately named. Man on a Ledge is very much about a man on a ledge. And not much more…

female gazing at: Kevin Costner

Yesterday’s female-gazing at Gary Cooper made me think: Wow, Gary Cooper really kinda looks like Kevin Costner, doesn’t he? Or, the other way around, actually, since Costner came second. The thing about Costner is, he really is the embodiment of the evil of Hollywood. Because he has appeared in some seriously shitty movies — hello, … more…

female gazing at: Gary Cooper

Because guys are hot in black-and-white, too. And if this is all fantasy, what difference does it make if they’ve long since departed this plane of existence? In uniform! I love how modern this image is. It looks like it could have been grabbed from last month’s GQ: I’m posting pictures like these every weekday, … more…

retro trailer: ‘Meet John Doe’

Take a look back at an old trailer… Eighteen months to film? “Magnificently” shot entirely on a backlot? I do love this movie, but I think I love how they sold it way back when even more. Gary Cooper: definitely a selling point. Cast of 5,000 others? I guess that — and the 18 months … more…

Bright Leaves (review)

Who’d have thunk that a freeform meditation on tobacco, family, and filmmaking would be so compelling? Documentarian Ross McElwee, whose great grandfather helped launch the tobacco industry, returns to his childhood home of North Carolina to meander through an exploration of his heritage, but “documentary” isn’t quite the word to describe the result — it’s … more…

Wings (review)

Anyone who doubts that silent films can be just as engrossing as those newfangled ‘talkies’ needs to see Wings, an early buddies-go-to-war story that still echoes in today’s movies.