Monthly Archives: January 2018

PLEASE STAND BY

For Wendy (Dakota Fanning), the world is as big as it is confusing. Autistic and living in a San Francisco group home under the tutelage of Scottie (Toni Collette), Wendy has learned what to do and how to do — … Continue reading

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FILM STARS DON’T DIE IN LIVERPOOL

Film stars never die; they simply fade away. Like moths to the flame, they become one with the light, always there to be called once more with a flip of the switch. One of the silver screen’s most enchanting sirens, … Continue reading

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Three from Karlson

Director Phil Karlson — born Philip N. Karlstein in Chicago, 1908 — could do just about anything. Starting as a gagman for Buster Keaton, Karlson found work as propman, studio manager, editor, and assistant before stepping behind the camera and … Continue reading

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And the winners are…

On January 16, the Denver Film Critics Society — 16 writers and broadcasters working in and around the Mile High City, of which I am one — announced their picks for the year’s best. Leading the way was Lady Bird … Continue reading

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CHAMPION (1949)

Midge Kelly is the champion. How do we know he’s the champion? Because a ring announcer calls him such a half-dozen times before we even see his face. He is played by Kirk Douglas after all, and with that million-watt … Continue reading

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