Tag Archives: Best Actor


The Fisher King (1991)

“I don’t mean to be flippant or to enrage you or anything, but you’re a psychotic man,” says Jack Lucas.  Parry says, “I know.”  Jack responds, “A very nice psychotic man.”  Parry replies, “Thank you.” After having made the critically … Continue reading


The Philadelphia Story (1940)

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“You hardly know him,” says Tracy Lord.  C.K. Dexter Haven responds, “To hardly know him is to know him well.” One of my favorite Cary Grant/Katharine Hepburn team-ups is Howard Hawks’ 1938 comedy classic Bringing Up Baby.  They worked so … Continue reading


The Wild Bunch (1969)

“We’re not gonna get rid of anybody!  We’re gonna stick together, just like it used to be!  When you side with a man, you stay with him!  And if you can’t do that, you’re like some animal, you’re finished!  We’re … Continue reading


Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931)

“You should go out, sir.  London offers many amusements for a gentlemen like you, sir,” says Poole to Dr. Henry Jekyll.  Jekyll responds, “Yes, but gentlemen like me daren’t take advantage of them, Poole.  Gentlemen like me have to be very … Continue reading


Leos Carax: An Appreciation

Acclaimed French filmmaker Leos Carax is the subject of a recently released feature-length documentary called Mr. X.  He is a writer and director as well as former film critic.  He is known for painful depictions of love in his films as … Continue reading


The Great Dictator (1940)

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“Strange, and I thought you were an Aryan,” says Commander Schultz to the Jewish barber.  The barber responds, “No.  I’m a vegetarian.” The 1930s saw the rise of Nazi Germany in Europe, led by Adolf Hitler, a man who bore … Continue reading


Joel & Ethan Coen: An Appreciation Part One

Joel and Ethan Coen are two of the best American filmmakers ever.  I’ve enjoyed their films over the years; they’re offbeat, humorous (especially at unexpected times), and noirish.  One of Joel’s early credits was working as an assistant editor on … Continue reading