Samuel Fuller Criterion: Pickup on South Street on Blu-ray

Here's one of the best noirs from the dark, grimy, golden age of the genre. Written and directed by the great Samuel Fuller, it doesn't pull its punches, either metaphorically or literally. Richard Widmark (whose cold face cries out for noir) stars as a pickpocket who lifts the wrong wallet on a crowded New York … Continue reading Samuel Fuller Criterion: Pickup on South Street on Blu-ray

What’s leaving Criterion at the end of June – the complete version

Sorry about yesterday's blunder. I accidentally posted an unfinished version of this article. Here's the complete post. Several Marx Brothers will disappear from the Criterion Channel at the end of the month…and that's no laughing matter. Some serious films will disappear as well. Here are just a few of the films that will no longer … Continue reading What’s leaving Criterion at the end of June – the complete version

Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For It

A- show business documentary Directed by Mariem Pérez Riera Rita Moreno has been an exceptional performer since before I was born, and she's still going at it. But I had to watch Mariem Pérez Riera's outstanding documentary, Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It, to realize just how difficult it was … Continue reading Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For It

Movies I’ve Recently Seen: One really good new movie and four not-so-good old ones

For the first time in more than 15 months, I've posted one of these "Recently Seen" posts containing a new movie I saw actually saw in a movie theater. A- Limbo (2021) The trailer suggests this is a comedy, and at first, it feels like a very funny and quirky one. But the farther you … Continue reading Movies I’ve Recently Seen: One really good new movie and four not-so-good old ones