Category Archives: Film

On “Contagion”

I read a lot of film and play reviews, and I have to wonder what some critics are really about.   Have we seen the same movie?  In the name of objectivity, do some of them simply refuse to be swayed … Continue reading

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Upcoming: “Freedom Riders,” on American Experience

Mark the date:  This coming Monday, May 16.  Of course, there will be repeats, you can tape it, and it will be available as of that date on DVD.  But however you do it, here’s a film not to be … Continue reading

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On “Harvest” and “Potiche”

Now that I’ve gotten the three plays out of the way, I might also mention that my wife and I squeezed in a pair of movies while we were in New York last week.  While I tend to go berserk … Continue reading

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On “Win Win,” “The Conspirator,” and “Jane Eyre”

May 5, 2011.  Over a month since I’ve written.  Where does it all go?  (Most often asked and least answered question in the world!)   In this case … to class prep, and grading, and various compulsive preoccupations around the … Continue reading

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On “Company Men” one last time

Company Men has finally made it to Charlottesville, in a brief appearance at Vinegar Hill.  It took a while.  I first discussed it in a January 23 blog on this site, when I loved it.  Anyone reading this should probably … Continue reading

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On “Barney’s Version,” and “Another Year”

There’s been some good stuff at the movies of late, with little time to write about it.  One which may make my all-time top-whatever list is Barney’s Version, with the always excellent and never-better Paul Giamatti.  Last month, it finally … Continue reading

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On “Biutiful” & “Blue Valentine”

As  my wife and I were leaving Charlottesville’s Vinegar Hill Theatre last week, I was greeted by a gentlemen in the lobby who like us had just seen Biutiful, a Mexican film written and directed by Alejandro Inarritu.  Summoning his … Continue reading

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DAD

Today is my father’s 120th birthday.  Happy birthday, Dad.  I miss you!  Howard Fanning Rough was born on Jan. 31, 1891, in the frontier town of St. Joseph, MO.  He died in 1969, of a stroke and heart failure, the … Continue reading

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Weighing in on the Academy Awards Nominees

I am generally not a fan of the Academy Awards.  I rarely stay up late enough to watch them all.  I’ll confess that right up front.  The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which awards the “Oscars,” is essentially … Continue reading

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On “The Company Men”

The Company Men is one of the gutsiest little films to come out of Hollywood in the last year.  It opened again on Friday in limited release (but, alas, not yet in Charlottesville — maybe next week?).  I say again, … Continue reading

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