The Birth and Death of the Noir
Or, The AFI List Project #31: The Maltese Falcon Like the Western, the film noir is a particularly American genre, sometimes commandeered by other national cinemas but nonetheless particular to the darkened streets of New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles, and to the famously hard-boiled detectives that are the protagonists of its myth. Also like the Western, it is a genre that has largely...
Capric Political Ideology
Or, The AFI List Project #26 – Mr. Smith Goes to Washington I promised, ages ago, that I would deliver a political post at some point. Well, this isn’t quite what I had in mind when I made that promise, but sometimes fate has other ideas, and it happened that Mr. Smith Goes to Washington was next on my list. The timing, it seemed, was right. If you haven’t seen it, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington is...
My Summer at the Movies
Since getting back from abroad, I’ve had a lot of free time on my hands, for a variety of reasons that don’t really bear mentioning here. Unsurprisingly, that’s meant a lot of time spent watching movies (and an equal amount of time when I’ve wanted to watch movies but have instead lain at my bed staring at the ceiling telling myself that I should really do work instead, but no matter). In...
On Aesthetic Taste
Or, The AFI List Project, #24 – E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial This is long overdue and will, unfortunately, be extremely short, because frankly I don’t have a whole lot to say about E.T. It’s one of the movies on the list that I had already watched, but so long ago that I had almost no memories of it. A few shots had stayed in my head: somehow not the iconic scenes, of bicycles flying and flowers...