A True Leading Man: Cary Grant

The NYT has a brief but noteworthy piece up about Cary Grant, a “real leading man.” It has some lines worth pondering in an age when masculine movie characters can be hard to come by: But the winners and Grant’s performances in them are such an important constituent of our feelings about American movies and [Read More...]

The Storm and Thunder of Hollywood Adolescence: Or, Why Many Movies Bore Me

Over the last month I’ve watched several movies that have suffered from a common flaw. It is this: their directors build their stories around adult characters who behave like adolescents. They then stylize their films with all kinds of jump cuts, colorful photos, eye-catching clothing, use of music and sound, and so on. In general, [Read More...]