Shelter from the Storm

November 22nd, 2015

I had been looking forward to seeing The Makioka Sisters at the Detroit Film Theatre on November 21, 2015, so I tried not to be bothered by the first (and very heavy) snowstorm of the winter.

Read the rest of this entry »

Spielberg Gets Serious

November 17th, 2015

It’s always a pleasure to see someone push themselves to a greater level of achievement, especially if they already have an impressive list of accomplishments.

Read the rest of this entry »

Young at Heart

November 15th, 2015

As I looked around the Redford Theatre on Saturday, November 14, 2015, people-watching while I waited for the Redford Cartoon Fest to begin, I noticed a wide variety of ages.

Read the rest of this entry »

A Spielberg Halloween

October 31st, 2015

In the first ten years of an extraordinary career that has lasted more than four decades, director Steven Spielberg often tapped into the audience’s fear of the unknown.

Read the rest of this entry »

Phantom of the Senate

October 27th, 2015

Silent horror movies are a unique treat in the Halloween season, with their ancient shadows and limited dialog adding to the sense of mystery. When they are screened with the surging, moody sounds of a live theater organ, they become even more chilling.

Read the rest of this entry »

Recommended Reading

October 13th, 2015

If you are interested in understanding the historical background of the Detroit Film Theatre, Michigan Theater, and Redford Theatre, the following books are a good place to start:

Read the rest of this entry »

Individual Lives

October 9th, 2015

Closeups are an important part of filmmaking, but sometimes a well-placed long shot can be just as revealing, like in Metropolis, which I saw at the Redford Theatre on October 3, 2015, and in The Third Man, which I watched at the Detroit Film Theatre on October 4, 2015.

Read the rest of this entry »

A Hand Up

September 25th, 2015

During the screening of the documentary Rosenwald at the Michigan Theater on September 24, 2015, one person after another testified to how they had benefited from the generosity of businessman and philanthropist Julius Rosenwald.

Read the rest of this entry »

Best of Both Worlds

September 12th, 2015

Deborah Kerr and Yul Brynner glided majestically across the CinemaScope images that filled the stage area of the Redford Theatre on Friday, September 11, 2015.

Read the rest of this entry »

Moments of Truth

September 9th, 2015

Romantic dramas often include a stirring climactic scene when a man and a woman confront each other about the true nature of their relationship.

Read the rest of this entry »