Feel-Good Comedies to Chase the “Home Stretch Blues” Away

Jackie Jerkins, Literary Editor
April 10, 2012

Needless to say, it is now “that” time of year. The downward slope from the midway. Sleepless nights will come in droves—last-minute studying sessions will spill over into the wee hours—the scramble for extra credit will be afoot. Ropes and wits alike will find ends, and these ends will be frayed,... Read more »

AFI Screen Legends List: The Woes of “Underpriced” and “Overlooked” Actors

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Jackie Jerkins, Literary Editor
March 13, 2012

The likes of rock ‘n’ roll and baseball enjoy “halls of fame,” but for film there is little past the Academy Awards, which are fleeting ceremonies in themselves. The closest the classic motion picture industry has is the American Film Institution’s “100 Years…100 Stars” list of American... Read more »

“Artist” Renders Oscars Speechless: The 84th Annual Academy Awards

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Jackie Jerkins, Literary Editor
February 29, 2012

Silence is golden—that’s the rule. The 84th Academy Awards, occurring at 8:30pm EST on February 26th, 2012, saw the splendid 2011 feature film The Artist sweep the awards, proving all that glitters is not gold but the Golden Age. The Artist, an entirely black-and-white film, and really completely... Read more »

Make ‘em Laugh: An Ovation for Screwball Comedies

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Jackie Jerkins, Literary Editor
February 14, 2012

“Laughter gives us distance,” once observed Bob Newhart, renowned comedian. “It allows us to step back from an event, deal with it, and then move on.” Such is comedy—a relief, a vacation, a safeness we cannot otherwise harvest on our own. We as humans are drawn to laughter and to those who... Read more »

A Salute to Womanhood: What We Owe to Prominent Ladies of the 1930s

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Jackie Jerkins, Literary Editor
January 24, 2012

It’s that time of year again—Academy Award nominations are in, and I spy with my scrutinizing eye four incredibly worthy leading actresses up for the little statue Bette Davis one day so fatefully baptized “Oscar.” (I say four because I am weakly versed in the career of Glenn Close, who is up... Read more »

Idea Men Turned Grave Robbers: Hollywood Remakes

Jackie Jerkins, Literary Editor
November 1, 2011

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it—so cautions the weary hokum, but it appears that filmmakers have turned a “blind ear” to it. The classic attic is being plundered by the film industry, and three hostages have been reported: Bonnie and Clyde (1967), The Birds (1963), and The Thin Man (1934).... Read more »