Divorce: The 1980 Oscars

Historian Elaine Tyler May has argued that preoccupation with the family--political cries for family values and the like--is usually a response to political changes, rather than demographic ones. Panic about the family is often a conservative response to perceived threats to the American nation. In the U.S., you see focus on the family particularly in the 1950s … Continue reading Divorce: The 1980 Oscars

Watergate Does Not Bother Me: the 1977 Oscars

When I started this post I thought it was going to be about journalism and Watergate. But it turns out these movies have a lot more to do with anger, resentment, and masculinity--by 1976 (the year the movies came out), this was how political weariness manifested. In all the movies I saw, the city streets … Continue reading Watergate Does Not Bother Me: the 1977 Oscars

No One To Share It With: Movies Older Than Me That I Love

This past year I've been an active patron of my local public library's DVD holdings, and I've (re)discovered some really excellent movies. And since I'm decades behind the conversations about them, I'm just sharing them here. In chronological order. The Goodbye Girl 1977 I saw this movie in high school and then I forgot about it, … Continue reading No One To Share It With: Movies Older Than Me That I Love

Strong Male Friendship and Violence: Some Thoughts on “The Deer Hunter” (1978)

This weekend, I watched The Deer Hunter for the first time (I know, I had to watch 5 hours of Gilmore Girls afterwards just to recover my weekend). It's one of those movies that I felt like I just needed to see, and Saturday night seemed like a good time. I'm not going to spend time reviewing the plot … Continue reading Strong Male Friendship and Violence: Some Thoughts on “The Deer Hunter” (1978)

Back to School: A Film Review of “The Paper Chase” (1973)

It’s the beginning of another school year and so it is time for me to re-watch the Paper Chase (1973). The Paper Chase is a triumph of 1970s fashion statements based on a 1970 novel (written by John Jay Osborn Jr. while he was still a law student), and later inspiring a 4-season TV series of … Continue reading Back to School: A Film Review of “The Paper Chase” (1973)

Throwback Film Review: “Carnal Knowledge” (1971)

"That's what all women resent. That's why they try to cut you down, because your knowledge of yourself and them is so right, so true, that it exposes the lies by which they, every scheming one of them, live by." I recently watched Mike Nichols' (dir.) and Jules Feiffer's (writ.) Carnal Knowledge (1971) on TCM—starring … Continue reading Throwback Film Review: “Carnal Knowledge” (1971)

Summertime Sadness: Review of “The Way We Were” (1973)

Does anybody besides Lana Del Rey and me feel sad in the summertime? No? If you or anyone you love wants to wallow in the melancholy this summer season, check out the podcast Crybabies. It will remind you of things that are bittersweet and introduce you to some new crying triggers. One such reminder for me … Continue reading Summertime Sadness: Review of “The Way We Were” (1973)