Category Archives: movies

Predict the Oscars

This has been a horrible year for movies for me: I haven’t seen a single movie in any of the categories below. (My poor excuse: I’ve been traveling a lot.) Ergo, I can’t weigh in on the Oscars, and I don’t think my nephew Steven, a movie buff, has made his annual list of “Golden […]

Interview with Jacqueline Bisset

My nephew Steven, who shares roughly 25% of my genes, writes for the Lincoln Center’s Film Comment site, and so, touting his wares, I refer you to his interview with actor Jacqueline Bisset in the latest issue (click on the screenshot): His introduction: An international star of the first rank whose mantle of honors includes […]

Peter Jackson brings to life archival footage of World War I

Reader Rick called my attention to this New York Times article on Peter Jackson‘s new film, “They Shall Not Grow Old“: a documentary about World War I. (Jackson, as I’m sure you know, is the New Zealand-born director famous for filming the Lord of the Rings trilogy). All the film’s footage is archival, but Jackson […]

Oscars create “blockbuster film” category

The  New York Times reports that, because of waning interest in the televised Academy Awards, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is creating a new category for Oscars: an award for “outstanding achievement in popular films.” As the paper reports below, part of this decision also reflects the public’s lack of interest in the […]

Movie “Rub & Tug” endangered after transgender protests lead to Scarlet Johansson’s withdrawal

As I reported the other day, Scarlett Johansson was set to star in a movie called “Rub & Tug”, recounting the life of Dante “Tex” Gill, a transgender man who transitioned at a late age, and then was jailed for tax evasion after having run a string of massage parlors that were fronts for prostitution. After […]

Scarlett Johansson vilified for playing role of trans man in a movie, columnist fired for defending her

As reported in multiple venues, actor Scarlett Johansson, set to play a transgender man in an upcoming movie, has been vilified for what I guess can be called “gender appropriation”. How dare she, ask the critics, take a role that could be played more “authentically” by a genuine transgender man? As the New York Times […]

“Tokyo Story”

Yasujiro Ozu’s great movie—in my view, one of the two greatest non-Anglophone films ever made (the other, also Japanese, is Ikiru)—is now free on YouTube, and with English subtitles. Read about Tokyo Story here and see the uniformly positive reviews here (100% critics’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes). If you watch it, put it on the […]

Is long hair on women superheroes sexist?

The latest episode of Pecksniff Syndrome on the Left is an article from, retweeted by the increasingly obnoxious site Vox below. Superheroes don’t wear ponytails — and yes, it’s sexist. Via @Racked: — Vox (@voxdotcom) April 29, 2018 The premise of the article “Superheroes don’t wear ponytails, and yes, it’s sexist,” by Rebecca […]

Movie: McCollum v. Board of Education

Heather Hastie called my attention to the existence of a movie, McCollum v. Board of Education, that exists in its entirety on YouTube. This case, which was argued before the Supreme Court in late 1947 and decided in 1948, decided the issue of whether public schools could support religious education by setting aside class time […]

The Oscars

I didn’t watch the Oscars last night as I have a thousand pages of books to review (not on this site), as well as reading Pinker’s Enlightenment Now. Truth be told, I wouldn’t have watched the show anyway, as the awards go on too long and I can always read who won the next day. […]