Watching a TV special like this uncut presents a unique dilemma: the narrative was structured around commercial breaks that help to keep the story from feeling as rushed as it does when seen straight through. It's nearly dizzying in its madcap dash through Dickens's story - which stands out to me especially having just before watched the 1910 silent short, which runs less than half the length of this version but doesn't feel as pressed for time.
There are some…
Sicko came out in a particularly upsetting time in my life. I was diagnosed with Crohn's disease in 2005. Two years later, my health was so unreliable that it was a major reason my family chose to close the doors on the business we'd owned and operated for twenty years. No single topic has dominated my daily life these last eight years more than the vulnerability of the sick and injured in America. Not even Batman.
Michael Moore is still…
The Sting is one of the rarest sorts of films: It's laden with plot twists and surprises, but knowing the payoffs doesn't detract from the joy of repeat viewings. Generally, stories with "Aha!" moments are thrilling the first time through but don't hold up to a second viewing. Not so with the 1973 Best Picture.
I've seen The Sting several times over the years, most recently 7 March 2010 on DVD. I've loved it since I first saw it on…