Written and directed by Joe Talbot. Starring Jimmie Fails, Jonathan Majors, and Danny Glover. A24 releasing on June 14, 2019.

Les Enfants Terribles (1950): Melville’s Second Film, Written by Jean Cocteau

Jean-Pierre Melville’s debut, Le Silence de la Mer (1949), attracted the attention of  the poet Jean Cocteau, who commissioned him to direct the film version of his famous play Les Enfants Terribles. Cocteau himself provides the voice-over narration. Élisabeth looks after her bedridden mother and is protective of her teenage brother Paul, who has been […]

Shake Hands with the Devil (1959): Anderson’s Political Drama, Starring James Cagney and Don Murray

Michael Anderson directed Shake Hands with the Devil, a political drama set during the Irish War of Independence, starring James Cagney, Don Murray, and a wonderful cast of character actors.

Battle Circus (1953): Brooks’ Korean War Romance, Starring Bogart and June Allyson

Richard Brooks wrote and directed this Korean War romantic story, starring Humphrey Bogart (in his only MGM film) and June Allyson. Bogart plays a surgeon and commander of Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH) 8666 (“66” in the dialogue) and Allyson is the newly arrived nurse. Despite their initial handicaps, their love flourishes against a background […]

Black Panther: Ryan Coogler on Ambitions and Pressures

One of the things that I thought about for this film was what does it mean to be African–Ryan Coogler