Dalton Trumbo and films of the Blacklist at Criterion

The Criterion Channel is currently doing something unusual; they're running a series set around - not a director or a star - but a screenwriter. Dalton Trumbo was a top MGM screenwriter in the 1940s, when he was blacklisted for his leftwing politics. He did time in federal prison, then he spent the 1950s writing … Continue reading Dalton Trumbo and films of the Blacklist at Criterion

Movies I’ve Recently Seen: Green Valley | Mortal Storm | This Paris | David Copperfield & The Blob

Three of these five films were set in Europe but made in and around Hollywood. Another was set and shot in England. And the last one starred a young unknown named Steve McQueen (it was shot and set in a small American town). Curiously, the three black-and-white movies were better than the two color ones. … Continue reading Movies I’ve Recently Seen: Green Valley | Mortal Storm | This Paris | David Copperfield & The Blob