The Friday 3/12/2021

Anthony Hopkins: The Father (Sony Pictures Classics)

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

The Father/The Mauritanian. “Illuminated, often thrillingly, by a central performance from Anthony Hopkins that might be the best of his career.”

Tomorrow, Saturday March 13th, we’ll convene for another session of “The Art in Noir: Film Noir and the Director.” This free Zoom discussion will tackle Orson Welles’ The Lady from Shanghai, a baroque 1947 noir. Join us at 2 p.m. Pacific Time, and consult the links at the Scarecrow Academy page for how to sign up. Meantime, here I am introducing the picture:

More vintage reviews posted this week at my other blog, What a Feeling!, featuring more 1980s movies, such as: Jack Clayton’s The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne, starring Maggie Smith and Bob Hoskins; Robert Dornhelm’s Echo Park, with Tom Hulce and Susan Dey; Patricia Rozema’s I’ve Heard the Mermaids Singing, a Canadian arthouse hit starring Sheila McCarthy; David Beaird’s It Takes Two, pure 80s screwball from the director of My Chauffeur; and Hector Babenco’s Ironweed, a prestige literary adaptation with Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep.

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