January 27, 2003

Rear Window

rearIt's amazing how well Alfred Hitchcock knows the minds of his audience. He knows exactly how to press our buttons, turn our knobs, and yank our levers, to produce the exact emotional response he desires. It's a real treat to watch a Hitchcock film in a full house and see it all happen. (Free showing at the Wang Theater)

January 23, 2003

About Schmidt

Wonderful cast. It was amazing how changing Jack Nicholson's trademark widow's peak hairstyle into a horizontal comb-over totally dilutes the "Jack" Persona! The moment that has stuck with me over the years comes right at the beginning- Schmidt retires from his insurance job after many years, and is celebrated at his retirement party, but as he is leaving the office and headed towards his car, he spots his carefully packed legal file boxes all piled up at the curb to be recycled. Whenever a longtime employee leaves a job, yes, it's important to leave plenty of notes for those that are succeeding you, and your legacy is important, but there comes a moment when you're not needed anymore and the next generation moves on as if you never existed. In some cases that happens sooner that you might want. (Showcase Cinemas Randolph)

January 17, 2003

Chicago

chicagoWe paid $10 (the highest priced ticket in Boston) and the show was sold out, so we had to sit in the back row. My main memory of the experience is the cold air conditioning breeze blowing on the back of my neck! (Loews Boston Common)

January 1, 2003

Directed by Steven Spielberg

I have seen twenty-one of Spielberg's movies in a movie theater, probably a larger portion than any other similarly prolific director. The first I saw in the theater was E.T., at the long-gone movie theater in downtown Ipswich MA. I saw Jaws, Close Encounters, and Raiders in re-releases, but every movie from Temple of Doom through Bridge of Spies listed below I saw when they were first released. I've reviewed many of them in this blog- click the links to see the posts and read my reviews...
Spielberg Movies I Did NOT See in The Theater
(and likely never will)
  • The Sugarland Express
  • 1941 (DVD only)
  • The Color Purple
  • Empire of the Sun (home video only)
  • Schindler's List (home video only)
  • The Terminal
  • Munich (home video only)
  • The Adventures of Tintin (home video only)
  • War Horse
  • The BFG

Catch Me If You Can

catchFun, slick, Hitchcockian romp. Over a year later, I listened to Frank Abagnale Jr's book (on tape, abridged), and the difference between the book and the movie was predictable. Spielberg, as usual, made the movie all about the boy growing up in a broken home. See Close Encounters, E.T., Indiana Jones & The Last Crusade, Hook, Jurassic Park, A.I., Minority Report, and War of the Worlds for other Spielberg movies about father/son dysfunction, broken homes, and struggles with parenting. (Showcase Cinemas Randolph)