The Friday 12/17/2021

Bradley Cooper: Nightmare Alley (Kerry Hayes/Searchlight Pictures)

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

Nightmare Alley. “Nightmare Alley becomes a movie about movies. In some cases this might be empty style, or just showing off—by comparison, I thought del Toro’s Crimson Peak was a collection of snazzy effects—but here the gorgeous design of each shot is its own justification.”

No new episode of my radio show, “The Music and the Movies,” this week, but we re-ran the “Coen Brothers Jukebox” episode, and it’s fun.

Also still on the Voice of Vashon website: last week’s number on Max Steiner.

We have two vintage reviews of 1980s films at my other website, What a Feeling!: Michael Hoffman’s Promised Land, a troubled-youth picture with Kiefer Sutherland and Meg Ryan; and Ken Annakin’s The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking, a zero-charisma stab at reviving the kiddie-book character.