Tag Archives: World War II

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

STAY PECULIAR.  16-year-old Jake Portman (Asa Butterfield) goes to Wales together with his father to look for a mysterious orphanage that his granddad (Terence Stamp) told fanciful stories about from World War II… Tim Burton is the right person to make a movie out of Ransom Riggs’s imaginative novel, a fairy tale about a place … Continue reading Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Dunkirk: Surviving the Beach

AT THE POINT OF CRISIS, AT THE POINT OF ANNIHILATION, SURVIVAL IS VICTORY.  About 25 years ago, Christopher Nolan and his wife Emma Thomas were crossing the English Channel together with a friend. They were in a small sailing yacht headed for the northeastern French town of Dunkirk, but what initially looked like a pleasant … Continue reading Dunkirk: Surviving the Beach

We Need a Proper Movie About Allen Dulles

This clip shows former CIA director Allen Dulles returning to Washington in 1964 after a trip to Mississippi where he looked into the disappearance of three civil rights workers (a case that would later inspire the movie Mississippi Burning (1988)). This was not one of the legendary spymaster’s finest hours. Having been fired by President John … Continue reading We Need a Proper Movie About Allen Dulles

Judgment at Nuremberg: After Göring

THE EVENT THE WORLD WILL NEVER FORGET.  One of the most interesting and influential, but rarely discussed, TV shows of all time has to be Playhouse 90 (1956-1960). Over four years, this anthology series brought original TV plays into people’s living rooms, written and directed by some of the best in the business. Several of … Continue reading Judgment at Nuremberg: After Göring

Hacksaw Ridge

WHEN THE ORDER CAME TO RETREAT, ONE MAN STAYED.  In 1945, Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield) is deployed to the Pacific theater; trained as a combat medic, he is also a conscientious objector who refuses to touch weapons. Mel Gibson’s comeback as a director for the first time in ten years is an impressively staged portrait … Continue reading Hacksaw Ridge

Sherlock Holmes Faces Death

AS STARTLING AS A SCREAM IN THE NIGHT! John Watson (Nigel Bruce), who’s serving as a doctor at a mansion turned into a wartime hospital, brings Sherlock Holmes (Basil Rathbone) to investigate a mysterious assault… but the first thing they find is a murder victim. The sixth film in the series takes a break from … Continue reading Sherlock Holmes Faces Death

Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon

Posing as a spy in Switzerland, Sherlock Holmes (Basil Rathbone) brings a scientist and his revolutionary bombsight to Britain, but it turns out that Professor Moriarty (Lionel Atwill) also wants the invention in order to sell it to the Nazis. The fourth film in the series reintroduces Moriarty after The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1939), … Continue reading Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon

Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror

THE MASTER MINDS OF MYSTERY! When Nazi saboteurs strike against the infrastructure in London, Sherlock Holmes (Basil Rathbone) is hired to find out the real identity behind the ”Voice of Terror”, a radio broadcast announcing the attacks. The third film in the series that began with The Hound of the Baskervilles (1939) moves the famous … Continue reading Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror

Allied

THE ENEMY IS LISTENING. In 1942, Canadian intelligence officer Max Vatan (Brad Pitt) poses as the husband of a French Resistance fighter (Marion Cotillard) who’s working undercover in Morocco. A refreshingly old-fashioned romantic thriller from a director who knows how to tell a good story, evoke seductive environs in Morocco and London but also dazzle … Continue reading Allied

Shoah: Oppressive and Invaluable

Often described as the most important documentary ever made, Shoah is a special experience. And it has posed challenges for critics. Two of the most influential ones had somewhat extreme reactions. Pauline Kael, whose parents were Jewish immigrants from Poland, called the film “exhausting right from the start” and thought it was “full of dead … Continue reading Shoah: Oppressive and Invaluable