Harry Potter in Retrospect

Recently, I had the pleasure of re-visiting all eight Harry Potter films on Blu-Ray. After hours upon hours of dissecting each and every film, I’ve come to a conclusion that Harry Potter only gets better with age. It’s far and away the best young adult movie series ever made – surpassing the quality, production value, writing and…

The Sex Comedies of Doris Day and Rock Hudson

Despite what we know today about Rock Hudson, whenever he paired up with cutie crooner Doris Day, screen magic was always made. Their efforts in creating three witty sex comedies (in partnership with their third-party and always dependable supporting actor Tony Randall) are always a highlight when I think of the fluffy days of the…

The Late Coming and Rocky Road of David O. Russell

Director David O. Russell first made a splash in the film industry after his debut feature film Spanking the Monkey (1994) won him accolades at both the Independent Spirit Awards and Sundance Film Festival. The director was an instant darling to the art scene, and became somebody to watch. Years after, O. Russell found himself in numerous scandals…

Subtlety at Its Finest: The Nun’s Story (1959)

Hearing a title like The Nun’s Story (1959) could be a turn-off to some people. I, on the other hand, am almost obsessed with film nuns. They are always full of wisdom (like Peggy Wood’s under-appreciated Mother Superior in 1965’s The Sound of Music) or are used in dark and disturbing settings (see the 1947 cult classic Black Narcissus), and that…