Films in 2022: August

As expected with the month of August with TCM’s annual Summer Under the Stars program, I watched a ton of movies over the past 31 days. Though it wasn’t just from watching movies on TCM of course, I went to a number of screenings around L.A. too. Some of my favorites on the big screen…

Hit Me With Your Best Shot – Klute

KLUTE (1971) Directed by Alan J. Pakula Cinematography by Gordon Willis I finally had some time to participate in The Film Experience’s Hit Me With Your Best Shot series this week, and I couldn’t resist the opportunity to pick out images from one of my favorite movies of the 1970s, Klute, the first of Alan J. Pakula’s…

Hit Me With Your Best Shot – The Last Picture Show

THE LAST PICTURE SHOW (1971) Directed by Peter Bogdanovich Cinematography by Robert Surtees This week’s edition of Hit Me With Your Best Shot at The Film Experience focuses on the late Peter Bogdanovich’s most acclaimed movie, the coming-of-age drama The Last Picture Show. Among the film’s many accomplishments is the work of veteran cinematographer Robert…

Hit Me With Your Best Shot – Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS (1954) Directed by Stanley Donen Cinematography by George J. Folsey Seven Brides for Seven Brothers is the subject of The Film Experience’s Hit Me With Your Best Shot episode this week, a musical I love despite its rather problematic premise. Much of my love for the movie is due to…

Hit Me With Your Best Shot – The Godfather

THE GODFATHER (1972) Directed by Francis Ford Coppola Cinematography by Gordon Willis Just in time for Francis Ford Coppola’s birthday today, The Film Experience’s Hit Me With Your Best Shot series returns this week with his most famous movie, and one of the most acclaimed films of all time: The Godfather. So much has been…

The 94th Academy Awards: My Picks and Predictions

Oscar Sunday is finally here! I’ll admit that while I generally love awards season, I’m ready for its grand finale tonight as it’s been a long one (though not as long as the previous season). So it’ll be nice to have the Oscars back in February next year. But before we move on, it’s time…

Hit Me With Your Best Shot – Romancing the Stone

ROMANCING THE STONE (1984) Directed by Robert Zemeckis Cinematography by Dean Cundey With The Lost City hitting theaters soon, this week’s movie for The Film Experience’s Hit Me With Your Best Shot is Romancing the Stone, as both share a very similar premise. I was excited to revisit this film as I’d only previously seen it…

Hit Me With Your Best Shot – West Side Story

WEST SIDE STORY (2021) Directed by Steven Spielberg Cinematography by Janusz Kaminski The Film Experience’s Hit Me With Your Best Shot takes on another 2021 adaptation of an old favorite: West Side Story! Steven Spielberg took on the daunting task of putting his own spin on a beloved classic, and I’ll admit that despite his…

Hit Me With Your Best Shot – The Conversation

  THE CONVERSATION (1974) Directed by Francis Ford Coppola Cinematography by Bill Butler (and uncredited: Haskell Wexler) This week’s Hit Me With Your Best Shot episode at The Film Experience is all about The Conversation, the film sandwiched between Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather and The Godfather: Part II, released the same year as the…

Hit Me With Your Best Shot – All That Heaven Allows

ALL THAT HEAVEN ALLOWS (1955) Directed by Douglas Sirk Cinematography by Russell Metty This week’s movie for The Film Experience’s Hit Me With Your Best Shot series is one of my very favorites: All That Heaven Allows. I love Douglas Sirk’s Technicolor melodramas (four of his best ones are currently streaming on the Criterion Channel!),…