Richard Chandler

Roll on, reels of celluloid, as the great earth rolls on!

Favorite films

  • Nashville
  • My Dinner with Andre
  • Chimes at Midnight
  • Wings of Desire

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  • Tea and Sympathy

    ★★★★

  • Taxi Driver

    ★★★★★

  • Jitterbugs

    ★★½

  • This Is the Night

    ★★★

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  • Murmur of the Heart

    Murmur of the Heart

    ★★★★½

    "To think someone might do that in Dijon."

    From the director who would later issue a tender account of Dixieland child prostitution comes Oedipus-haute bourgeois-style in the form of Murmur of the Heart (Le souffle au cœur), in which a haughty teen does some advanced bonding with his highly liberated mother while convalescing at an Alsatian spa. Despite its notorious incest theme, a cultural backdrop of parochial stuffiness, and recurrent allusions to the calamitous siege of Dien Bien Phu (betokening the…

  • Bob Dylan: The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration

    Bob Dylan: The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration

    ★★★★

    The pre-show preamble to Columbia's October 1992 grab bag salute Bob Dylan: The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration is so mercifully brief that I think it's fair to regard it as an outright performance film. A man named Gavin Taylor is credited as director, though the film's stylistic anonymity could have been managed by a robot. The hastily organized event—which commemorates the three decades that had passed since the release of Dylan's eponymous debut album in March 1962—was fittingly held in…

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  • Tea and Sympathy

    Tea and Sympathy

    ★★★★

    “Why isn’t he a regular fellow, Bill?”

    A perilous bond of codependency between an isolated teenager (John Kerr) ostracized for his effeteness and a lonely faculty wife (Deborah Kerr) neglected by her unreflective meathead husband (Leif Erickson) forms the fragile spine of Vincente Minnelli’s lachrymose Metrocolor drama Tea and Sympathy. Both the unrelated Kerrs and Erickson reprise their central roles from the 1953 Broadway play of same name by Robert Anderson—who artfully handled the screenplay adaptation, managing to skirt the…

  • Taxi Driver

    Taxi Driver

    ★★★★★

    Greetings from underneath a large rock—too much overtime, a host of physical maladies and a persistent feeling of general malaise have prevented me from being very active here for some time now. Moreover I recently bought a guitar that cost as much as a used car (you might be thinking I can’t afford that, and you would be correct), so there goes a lot more of my precious leisure time. As long as I’m info-dumping here, the occasion for my…

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  • Dog Day Afternoon

    Dog Day Afternoon

    ★★★★½

    "See I'm with a guy who don't know where Wyoming is. You think you got problems?"

    On the 22nd of August in 1972, John Wojtowicz, Salvatore Naturile and (briefly) Robert Westenberg strove to rob a Chase Manhattan bank branch in Gravesend, Brooklyn. Antsy from the onset, Westenberg fled the holdup in its initial stage after seeing a police car drive by. While Wojtowicz had some background working as a teller and Naturile (though barely an adult) was a repeat criminal…

  • A Woman Under the Influence

    A Woman Under the Influence

    ★★★★★

    "Mabel's not crazy—she's unusual, so don't say she's crazy!"

    Hooray dear readers—today's entry marks my darling's 2,000th film as well as my 300th review, so we decided to watch something light and celebratory…of course I'm fooling; for the grand occasion cuckoo chose John Cassavetes' piercing 1974 ode to codependency A Woman Under the Influence.

    With a grueling degree of closeness and artlessness, the film recounts the disturbing goings-on in the unstable lower-middle class household of Mabel (Gena Rowlands) & Nick (Peter…