Monthly Archive for September, 2018

: September, 2018

‘The Loved One’: offending everyone

The ad slogan for “The Loved One” when it opened in 1965 was unusually brash — “The motion picture with something to offend everyone!” For once a movie studio used honest marketing, but the box-office

Bad movies we love: ‘Return to Peyton Place’

Producer Jerry Wald was not only a creator of glorious 20th Century Fox kitsch in the 1950s and 1960s, he played a significant role in the publishing world of that era as well. It was Wald who

How movies have used Los Angeles

For the past decade, movie buffs have buzzed about Cal Arts professor Thom Anderson’s epic visual essay “Los Angeles Plays Itself” in which he delves into the way his native city has been depicted on

Getting hooked on ‘High Maintenance’

HBO will be unveiling a third season of “High Maintenance” late this year or early next, and now that I’ve caught up with the first two seasons, I’m looking forward to seeing the continuing adventures

‘Quincy’: up close and personal

The marvelous new Netflix production about the life and career of Quincy Jones – “Quincy” —  is part of a growing documentary sub-category in which the children of celebrated people make films about

‘Button Man’: Seventh Avenue shakedown

Andrew Gross continues his sensational run of historical crime novels with “Button Man” (Minotaur Books) set in the New York City rag trade in the early years of the 20th century. The novel follows

Printed Matter: an orgy for book lovers

Rumors of the death of the physical book were smashed over the weekend at the Printed Matter Art Book Fair at PS1, the Museum of Modern Art’s Queens outpost. Although the event was spread out over

Jane Fonda at the dawn of the 1960s

Warner Archive offers a DVD-on-demand version of the 1960 comedy that gave Jane Fonda her first screen role — “Tall Story” — and while it by no means qualifies as a good movie, as a Hollywood and pop

Bad movies we love: MGM’s Miss Marple

The four movies that Margaret Rutherford made in the early 1960s as Agatha Christie’s amateur sleuth Miss Marple suffer from low-rent production values, cheesy recycled music and plots that have

‘King Cobra’: 21st century L.A. noir

The true crime drama set in the Los Angeles porn underworld, “King Cobra,” opened and closed quickly in 2016 before landing on the Netflix and Amazon streaming services. It’s not surprising that there