Category: monday movie

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Monday Movie: One from the Heart, by David Bax

Thanks to my friendship with Tom Waits superfan Tyler Smith, I was familiar with the songs of Francis Ford Coppola’s One from the Heart years before I ever saw the movie. In fact, all I really knew about the film...

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Monday Movie: Jumpin’ Jack Flash, by David Bax

Setting aside for now the fact that Jumpin’ Jack Flash is, in all honesty, not a very good movie, let’s focus instead of what’s notable about it. Chiefly, it is the directorial debut of the beloved and iconic Penny Marshall...

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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....