What you figure out very quickly in the film, The Hospital, is that American healthcare is a fucked up mess. And this was almost 50 years ago! Sadly, while medical technology has made incredible leaps, the cost and availability for millions of Americans, is out of reach. I blame for-profit medical corporations and insurance companies … More The Hospital (1971): Return Check-In
“Best” is a very subjective term, I don’t even know how to describe what it means. Maybe you know it when you see it, or hear it, or even feel it. Best is also very personal. Dickens’ story has been told many times through the years, as television and feature films, live-action, animation, and even … More The Best Scrooge?
The story begins with an odd but distinguished fellow arranging the death of an unseen person on a falling elevator. Next, a clergyman on a bicycle stops outside of an English country manor, the Bruttenholm estate, where a foxhunt is about to begin. This fellow looks oddly familiar. The film jumps to after the hunt where … More The List of Adrian Messenger (1963)
This was quite a film when it was released. The mature subject matter seems tame today, even a bit silly, but the word “rape” sounded alarm bells, and the underlying issues of sex within the story raised eyebrows. The stark black and white photography gives it a serious tone, as well as the provocative jazz … More Anatomy of a Murder (1959)
Written by Paddy Chayefsky (Network), starring George C. Scott and Diana Rigg, and directed by Arthur Hiller, The Hospital is a fun film. Things are going horribly wrong at a Manhattan hospital. Does anyone remember this film? I do. Chayefsky would be awarded the Academy Award for Best Screenplay, and many other awards for writing … More The Hospital (1971)
The film, Dr. Strangelove, was pretty hip for 1964. Or so I thought. It was not a year for serious films, at least on the level of Dr. Strangelove. Light comedies, romance and escapist fare tended to dominate that year’s major releases. My Fair Lady Viva Las Vegas Sex and the Single Girl Send Me … More Dr. Strangelove: Thoughts on the Film