Saturday, June 25, 2011

New from me at "Senses of Cinema": Examining Nicholas Ray's "Knock on Any Door"

Did you know Bogart and Brando almost co-starred in this early noir by Nicholas Ray? I look at a flawed movie that helped Ray prepare for his masterpiece, "Rebel Without a Cause," and that eerily presaged the cultural shift in consciousness that became America's Generation Gap. Thanks to Senses of Cinema for the opportunity to talk about this painfully awkward yet important and overlooked work.

The National Recording Registry Project: Oliver, Armstrong, and ‘Canal Street Blues’

Jazz is one of the musics that grew up during the recording era. That makes it a marvel for obsessives. The history of the genre can be...