[Summer Guide 2014]
Get under the skin of England’s greatest detective
When I started my column in the mid 1980s, I went overboard to try to be bratty and make waves, until quickly changing my tone and aiming mudballs only at the truly deserving. Well, two of my early victims were Juliet Mills and Maxwell Caulfied, who were extremely visible together as a couple at ma ... More >>
The blockbuster superhero flick Marvel's The Avengers is already becoming best known for its effects, battles, and fierce uniforms and accessories--and it doesn't even open here till tomorrow. But what about the dialogue? Yeah, it's not exactly Billy Wilder, but still there are some good verbal ex ... More >>
Hey, what's going on with the Chilean miners right now? Because you know this is all you're going to be talking about at that cocktail party/dinner at home/after-work drinks sesh with your buds. Be the one with the info that matters!
Norma Desmond is ready for her close-up again
There have been so many good movies made about drunks, you wonder why booze can inspire so many artists while ruining so many lives. No matter. My personal favorites are:
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives August 5, 1965, Vol. X, No. 42 Films By Andrew Sarris I return to the subject of "WHAT'S NEW PUSSYCAT?" mainly because I fear the concerted effort to brainwash the public into thinking that "Pussycat" is an unspeakably bad movie may b ... More >>
Get 'em while they're hot
Directors in the twilight of their careers
Marilyn Monroe was always late for everything, but as Billy Wilder once said, it was worth waiting for her. What's more, Marilyn had a deep-rooted psychological reason for her tardiness; having been discarded and treated badly as a child, she now wanted to punish mankind one person at a time.
In 1950, two instant classics about the cruelty of show business, both starring older dames, went at it for Best Picture. Joe Mankiewicz's All About Eve--starring Bette Davis as an aging actress whose entire life is usurped by an unctuous fan--clobbered Billy Wilder's Sunset Boulevard, with Gloria S ... More >>
Bridging the gap between hero and antihero, Holden was no typical golden boy
Plus 007 and oh, Canada
Billy Wilder's hard-boiled muckracker can't be bothered with the facts in this strikingly prescient diatribe
Celebrating Tinseltown composer and musical innovator Franz Waxman
Spencer Tracy and the studio that made him
A pair of sunshine noirs go in search of Hollywood's heart of darkness
Strangers on a train: She enters the cabin at Naples. I smile and nod, wondering if I should've shaved.
Wilder at heart: Cola versus communism in Cagney's good-natured Cold War comedy
Legends of the Fall
Billy Wilder, 19062002