Cinematographers Ellen Kuras and Rachel Morrison are featured in this week's column. I also review an entertaining and thoughtful new biography for cinema fans, "The Lady from the Black Lagoon: Hollywood Monsters and the Lost Legacy of Milicent Patrick".
Australian director Gillian Armstrong made a splash in 1979 with her first feature based on the Miles Franklin memoir. Remastered for the Criterion Collection, "My Brilliant Career" stars Judy Davis as a headstrong young writer who chooses independence over marriage.
An appropriate film for Memorial Day weekend, "Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison" stars Robert Mitchum as a marine corporal stranded in the South Pacific during World War II. Deborah Kerr, in an Oscar-nominated role, plays his unlikely love interest.
An island gang who terrorizes young women meets its match in "Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts". Indonesian writer-director Mouly Surya crafts a neo-Western with an emphatically feminine point-of-view.
Do you want to watch a film written by a computer? Would you care? This week's column offers some thoughts on the use of artificial intelligence in the film industry. I also review Dorian Bond's memoir "Me and Mr. Welles".
"Robin and Marian" is an adult corrective to the "happily ever after" versions of the Robin Hood tale. Sean Connery and Audrey Hepburn are perfectly matched in this multi-layered story of an aging hero.
Two underseen gems from the 1970s that feature an amazing roster of acting talent: Dustin Hoffman, Gene Hackman, Kris Kristofferson (in his debut role), Kathy Bates, Gary Busey, Karen Black, Theresa Russell, and Harry Dean Stanton (in both films).
Tennis is on my mind this week as Roger Federer is poised to win his 100th singles title. "John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection" is Julien Faraut's enlightening look at McEnroe's most successful year and the symbiosis between tennis and cinema.