The Friday (2/5/2021)

Treat Williams, Laura Dern: Smooth Talk

My piece for the Scarecrow blog this week, and etc.

Smooth Talk. “Beautifully realized.”

We’re reconvening Scarecrow Academy, an online discussion series via Zoom. This time it’s ten weeks of “The Art in Noir: Film Noir and the Director,” which goes on Saturdays at 2 p.m. Pacific Time, launching February 13 with Billy Wilder’s Double Indemnity. You register online and we send you the Zoom link, and then we have a robust conversation; check out the info here. And the poster:

Five more posts for my Eighties blog, What a Feeling!: Here are vintage reviews of Glenn Jordan’s The Buddy System, a forgotten Richard Dreyfuss/Susan Sarandon romcom that I had a soft spot for; Robert Mulligan’s Clara’s Heart, a serious Whoopi Goldberg vehicle that launched Neil Patrick Harris’s career; Taylor Hackford’s Everybody’s All-American, a what-happens-after-football picture with Dennis Quaid, Jessica Lange, and Timothy Hutton; Pat O’Connor’s Cal, a tale of the Troubles in Northern Ireland, starring John Lynch and Helen Mirren (a Cannes-winning performance); and David Keith’s (yes, the actor) The Curse, a Lovecraft adaptation with Wil Wheaton.

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