Too Late Blues Blu-ray Review

There’s a moment towards the end of John Cassavetes’ superb 1962 jazz picture Too Late Blues in which Benny Flowers (Everett Chambers) verbally destroys Ghost (Bobby Darin), the tragic hero of the film. Flowers lays out the way in which Ghost, a talented jazz pianist, has sold out and you can see Ghost slowly fall apart, decimated by the … Read more

Sunday Reads: 11th November 2012

Mickey Mouse – Jedi knight? I never thought I’d say this, but bring it on David Mitchell weighs in on the recent purchase of Lucasfilm by Disney. The last of Louise Glenn Kenny on Louise Brook’s final film. Spooktacular Halloween Case File #27: Book Of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 Nathan Rabin tackles the much maligned sequel to The Blair … Read more

“But the movies set you up and no matter how bright you are, you believe it.”

An extract from Gena Rowlands’ beautiful monologue in John Cassavetes’ Minnie and Moskowitz, You know, I think that movies are a conspiracy… because they set you up…  They set you up from the time you’re a little kid.  They set you up to believe in everything…in ideals and strength and good guys and romance—-and, of … Read more

Minnie and Moskowitz Review

Sitting between the uneven Husbands and the economic beauty of  A Woman Under the Influence, Minnie and Moskowitz was John Cassavetes sixth time directing a feature and like most of his work he does so with confidence and a singular vision. Minnie (Gena Rowlands) is a museum curator, attractive and reasonably well off. Her love life isn’t too good … Read more