Black Widow (1954)

Black Widow (1954) Van Heflin returns. This time it’s all about the New York theater world, and he is a Broadway producer who allows an aspiring playwright to use his apartment while he and his wife (Gene Tierney) are abroad. When they return, they find the girl hanging from a noose. George Raft shows up … More Black Widow (1954)

Osamu Tezuka’s Metropolis (2001)

Osamu Tezuka’s Metropolis (2001) Based on Tezuka’s manga, directed by Rintaro, written by Katsuhiro Otomo, this feature-length anime dramatizes the upcoming conflict between AI and humans, to warn against the rise of ultranationalism. SPOILER ALERT: At the climax of this movie, Tima, created by Dr. Laughton for the oligarch Duke Red who mourns the loss … More Osamu Tezuka’s Metropolis (2001)

Utamaro and His Five Women (1946)

Utamaro and His Five Women (1946) Made under the American occupation, Kenjii Mizoguchi directed this fictional account of the famous printmaker Kitagawa Utamuro, some of whose depictions of the ‘floating world’ of geishas so incensed the magistrates that Utamoro was handcuffed for 60 days. Film scholars claim that Utamuro is really Mizoguchi’s self-portrait as a … More Utamaro and His Five Women (1946)

Swing Time (1936)

Swing Time (1936) George Stevens directed what is now regarded as the best Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers dance film. “The Way You Look Tonight” won the Academy Award for Best Original Song, but I still sing “Pick Yourself Up” which strikes me as quite relevant these days.  The “Bojangles of Harlem” number, more a … More Swing Time (1936)