Category: monday movie

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Monday Movie: The Vampire Bat, by David Bax

This article originally ran as part of a Home Video Hovel review. With a name like The Vampire Bat, you’d expect Frank Strayer’s 1933 film to be a horror flick. And I suppose you wouldn’t entirely be wrong. It is, after...

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Monday Movie: Ball of Fire, by David Bax

Howard Hawks was a gobsmackingly prolific director who mastered a variety of genres. As such, there is a multitude of movies that come to mind upon hearing his name, from crime dramas like Scarface and The Big Sleep to Westerns...

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Monday Movie: Ju Dou, by David Bax

Ju Dou (1990) is Zhang Yimou’s second film (depending on which ones you count) and his second collaboration with Gong Li. But it is the movie that introduced him to American cinephiles, being the first of the three of his...

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Monday Movie: Sergeant York, by David Bax

This article originally ran as part of our TCM Classic Film Festival: Special Home Editon coverage. Howard Hawks’ Sergeant York (1941) has a spoiler right there in the title since Alvin York (Gary Cooper) doesn’t even join the army until...

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Monday Movie: Visions of Eight, by David Bax

When 1973’s Visions of Eight was conceived and commissioned—even while some of it was being produced—no one could have predicted what the 1972 Munich Olympics would ultimately be best remembered for. Thus, it’s equally understandable and jarring that the terrorist...

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Monday Movie: Purple Noon, by David Bax

This article originally ran as part of a Home Video Hovel review. Patricia Highsmith’s 1955 novel The Talented Mr. Ripley has proven to be potent fuel for artistic reinterpretation. It’s been adapted for film (twice), radio, television and the stage....

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Monday Movie: Catch-22, by David Bax

With the release of Václav Marhoul’s punishing adaptation of Jerzy Kosinski’s The Painted Bird on the horizon, I’ve been thinking of the all too common problem of celebrated novels becoming cinematic misfires. I haven’t read Kosinski’s book so I can’t...

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Monday Movie: Cool Hand Luke, by David Bax

What sets Stuart Rosenberg’s Cool Hand Luke apart from the many, many other films that position their protagonists as Christ figures is just how thoroughly unsubtle it is about it. Rather than making it groan-worthy, the plain-dealing straightforwardness of Luke’s...

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Monday Movie: The Seventh Seal, by Josh Long

This article originally ran as a part of our Top 100 Movies. In the Seventh Seal, filmic genius Ingmar Bergman delves deep into the philosophical. An ominous but playful Death plays chess with a knight recently returned from the crusades....