AWESOME MOVIE: Saw "The Bat Whispers" last night. 1930 suspense-farce, possibly the inspiration for Batman. Go see it if you ever get the chance. It's really funny, and although the use of models is pretty obvious, the camera angles and vertiginous swooping shots are dramatic and thrilling--more so than many of the "experimental" shot techniques you'd see today. There's a strong hint of German Expressionism, too--lightning, darkness, trees, stark black shapes, grim men. The twist ending is … [Read more...]

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"They want you to talk on the crisis of faith." "What's that?" "Oh, I thought you'd know. You're the writer." --Wilfrid Hyde-White to Joseph Cotten, "The Third Man" … [Read more...]

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TEACHER LEAVE THEM KIDS ALONE: I found this course syllabus randomly, while looking for something else. Yeah, I know, there's tons of stuff like this out there, and it's not like this class is being taught at Brown--but what's up here? Why would anyone teach a course on rhetoric--the art of persuasion--that gives credence only to one massively slanted side in every issue? How does that actually teach students to persuade?OK, so I hope that was my last predictable right-wing grunt for the day. … [Read more...]

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MORE ON MOVIES: Nifty Frederica Mathewes-Greene essay on The Women of Disney (includes one of the best opening lines of an essay I've seen), and, because this has to be here, Jonah Goldberg's G-File on the most conservative line in "Animal House." What a fun, fun movie. … [Read more...]

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ENTER STAGE RIGHT: Charles Murtaugh probably didn't realize what he was letting himself in for when he asked for suggestions of "conservative movies." He linked to this list from NRO, but any list that cites the Star Wars trilogy as the beginnings of a movie revival--how can I say this nicely?--sucks. I can't comment on the list's content, since I've only seen three of the 81 movies it names. ("It's a Wonderful Life," #33, "Ninotchka," #48, and "Ghostbusters," #78.) But surely, as Kennedy might … [Read more...]

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"You make me sick to my stomach!" "Yeah? Well, use your own sink." --Charles McGraw and Marie Windsor, "The Narrow Margin" … [Read more...]

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THE CONTINUING CRISIS: Here's my review of Mercy Among the Children, for Crisis. And here's Emmy's take on Barbara Ehrenreich's Nickel and Dimed. Isn't she (Emmy, I mean) cool? … [Read more...]

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