A man and woman — white, in their late-twenties — circle each other in the woman’s apartment. Her name is Cynthia; she and the man, John, are having an affair. “They’re just tapes he makes so he can sit around and get off,” she tells John. Cynthia is talking about Graham, John’s estranged friend from… Continue reading Horner and His Friends
On John Barrymore and Twentieth Century.
A centennial tribute.
On the history of Anne Bancroft’s definitive role in William Gibson’s Two for the Seesaw, the nuances of becoming a character, and the importance of being seen.
How Born Yesterday informs American myth-making and the genius of Judy Holliday.
What does it mean to save the tiger? Scale your hurt and loss with things you can help, knowing that somewhere out there, you’ve done something that matters. Or is it the promise that you’ve done something that matters that supersedes the results? *** The first time Jack Lemmon won an Oscar was for his… Continue reading Grief and Jack Lemmon
Revisiting “The Graduate” on its 53rd anniversary.
Content warning: Sexual assault.
My second essay on my favorite film, from September 4, 2018.
My first essay on my favorite film, from January 27, 2018.
A companion piece to my Noirvember 2020 post.