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Movie Review: ‘Chimes at Midnight,’ Orson Welles’ Best Work, Available for First Time in Decades

I inherited a respect for Orson Welles and a love for his work from an uncle who came of age in the 1940s when Orson Welles was one of radio and cinema’s best known actor/directors. When 'Chimes at Midnight' came out, I was busy coming of age and rioting at UCLA. I heard about the film and that Welles considered it his best work, but I missed it. Then, like the mysterious Mr. Welles himself, it disappeared for decades. Now, it’s back. Read More »

Movie Review: ‘Boyhood’ – Not Just About a Boy

In capturing the essence of one “boyhood” Linklater has done something more indelible – he has caught up the essence of life for all of us who have gone through growing up and have experienced loss, love, and awareness. Read More »

DVD Review: ‘The Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts – Complete Collection’

Over a decade ago, the Comedy Central network began their attempts at recreating the spirit found in the old Dean Martin roasts of yesteryear. Please note how I said “attempts”. Frankly, they just didn’t seem to get it then – and I think they might still be struggling with the concept (I haven’t wasted my time with any of the ... Read More »

DVD Review: ‘American Experience: War of the Worlds’

The PBS American Experience documentary about Orson Welles' famous War of the Worlds radio broadcast gives a fascinating analysis of how the 1938 Halloween prank managed to panic a large number of Americans. Read More »