Carroll Baker and Ralph Meeker in the film by Jack Garfein

‘Something Wild’ – Rediscovered 1962 New York story on Criterion Channel

The 1962 Something Wild, not to be confused with the Jonathan Demme screwball comedy/thriller by the same name, is a film nurtured in an Actor’s Studio environment and shot as an early American Independent film. It’s also an unusually frank drama about a teenage girl recovering from sexual assault with a weird dramatic detour. Director […]

Carroll Baker and Ralph Meeker in the film by Jack Garfein

Blu-ray: ‘Something Wild’ – a 1962 rediscovery on Criterion

Not to be confused with the Jonathan Demme screwball comedy/thriller by the same name, the 1962 Something Wild (Criterion, Blu-ray, DVD) is an unusually frank and sensitive drama about a teenage girl recovering from rape. The film opens on the assault, a non-explicit scene that communicates both the violence of the rape and the terrible […]

Jason Robards is Al Capone in Roger Corman's 'St. Valentine's Day Massacre

‘The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre’ on Amazon Prime

The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre (1967) gave Roger Corman, the director-producer who earned the nickname “King of the Bs,” the biggest budget of his career to date. After more than 40 films, most of them for the budget-challenged AIP, he was hired by 20th Century Fox and given the resources of their studio, casting department, […]

Joseph Cotten in Alfred Hitckcock Presents episode Breakdown

‘Alfred Hitchcock Presents’: The master of small screen suspense on Netflix and Hulu

“Good eeeeevening.” The master of suspense turned himself into an unlikely media icon when he spoofed his image to play host of Alfred Hitchcock Presents, an otherwise dark half-hour anthology series of mystery, suspense, and grim retribution with an often wicked streak. But more than just host, Hitchcock directed a number of episodes of the […]