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ON THE BASIS OF SEX: A CONVENTIONAL PORTRAIT OF RBG

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On the Basis of Sex is a pretty good movie that has the distinction of being eclipsed by a recent documentary on the same subject: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. This dramatization was sanctioned by Justice Ginsburg, in…

THE FAVOURITE—AND NO WONDER

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The Favourite tells a story that is universal and essentially timeless. By approaching this 18th century drama in a modern manner, iconoclastic filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos (The Lobster, The Killing of a Sacred Deer) has made his most accessible film…

FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA SALUTES HIS TEACHER, DOROTHY ARZNER

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It isn’t often that Hollywood studios take the time and trouble to celebrate their history. That’s why Thursday’s event at Paramount Pictures was significant: following a company tradition dating back several decades, a building was named for pioneering director Dorothy Arzner.…

RARE MOVIE ART BY WALT DISNEY FAVORITE MARY BLAIR

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Walt Disney wasn’t known for dispensing compliments but he made no secret of his love for Mary Blair’s whimsical artwork and her innovative use of color. That’s why he commissioned her to create concept pieces for so many of…

BEFORE KING KONG: A LOST WORLD FOUND

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Film buffs and aficionados of stop-motion animation have been frustrated for years because The Lost World, the 1925 feature that laid the groundwork for King Kong, has only existed in severely truncated prints. Even an ambitious restoration in the…

REMEMBERING JUNE FORAY

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Little did I dream, when I began watching Rocky and his Friends and The Bullwinkle Show, that the day would dawn when I could call June Foray—the voice of Rocket J.Squirrel and Natasha Fatale—a friend. She was indomitable and…

PICTURE PERFECT: THE KARLOVY VARY INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

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Since 1946 the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival has been attracting world-class guests and their movies. Casey Affleck is set to receive the President’s Award at this year’s event, which takes place June 30-July 8…and I’ll be there to…

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