The Best Films You Couldn’t See in 2008

I saw a lot of great movies this year. Unfortunately, quite a few of them never got released in this country. They screened at local festivals, but didn't get picked up for commercial exhibition--even by the small, independent distributors who pick up the good stuff that the Hollywood studios and their faux independent subsidiaries, don't … Continue reading The Best Films You Couldn’t See in 2008

Blue Angels

Now here's something odd: Josef von Sternberg's The Blue Angel was one of the first German talkies. As was common in the days before dubbing and subtitles, the movie was shot twice--once in German, and once in English. The German version is widely considered a classic. (Personally, I find it interesting, and Marlene Dietrich wonderful--it … Continue reading Blue Angels