Matthew Wilder

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  • Made in 1926 by a very young Alfred Hitchcock, this silent treatment of the Jack the Ripper story is the Hitch film most driven by the Master's unconscious of any except Vertigo--which is not to say that it's good. It is, in fact, almost...

  • The town of Santa Rosa, sleepy and soft-edged, has a wistful, evergreen quality in the opening scenes of this 1943 genre-bender from Alfred Hitchcock. Young Charlie (Teresa Wright) sprawls on her bed, hands behind her head, dreaming of a place...

  • If reviewing movies was jury duty, I'd be kicked out of the courtroom: This picture has an unavoidably special power for anyone who grew up in Chicago in the late Seventies and early Eighties. Seen decades later, it still impresses for the simple...

  • The most commercially successful living filmmaker, Steven Spielberg is also the movies' greatest conduit to the American collective subconscious. Spielberg executive-produced (and spiritually godfathered) this 1988 blockbuster, in which a sodden...

  • "Reviewing" it is like reviewing the National Anthem or the KFC Original Recipe. Nearly as inescapable as It's a Wonderful Life, Casablanca takes the cake as the Movie Most Liked by People Who Don't Really Like Movies. Still, seen...

  • 5 years ago | Film and TV

    One of the joys of early talkies comes in witnessing film artists make up the rules of how big-screen dialogue ought to sound. Often alternating between the stagy, the realistically offhand, and the downright empty, American movies of this period ...

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