J.D. Salinger and the Movies

"I believe everything and I believe nothing." - Inspector Clouseau Since J.D. Salinger's death many film critics like Dana Stevens have enjoyed quoting from Salinger's seminal work The Catcher in the Rye where the fictional character of Holden Caulfield proclaims "If there's one thing I hate, it's the movies." The quote has become a jumping-off … Continue reading J.D. Salinger and the Movies

Stalking Klaus Kinski or How I Worshiped a Madman

Klaus Kinski b. October 18, 1926 - d. November 23, 1991 Today would have been Klaus Kinski's 83rd birthday and in honor of the event I thought I'd share something I originally wrote about the actor back in 2003 on Valentine's Day but have since expanded on.* "One should judge a man mainly from his … Continue reading Stalking Klaus Kinski or How I Worshiped a Madman

John Hughes vs. Shane Meadows: This Is England (2006)

As someone who came of age during the 1980s, I've become increasingly disturbed by the critical response to director John Hughes' recent death. Over and over again I've been told that he was "the voice" of my generation and that he "defined the '80s." Instead of pointing out the crass commercialism that made up the … Continue reading John Hughes vs. Shane Meadows: This Is England (2006)