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  • Bad Girls Go to Hell

    Bad Girls Go to Hell

    ★★★½

    35mm print - Metrograph

    I could see my appreciation growing for this film with the more Wishman I watch.

    Made for the middle aged male "raincoat crowd" of 42nd street, I was a bit taken aback at first since this is not the type of movie that operates using Hollywood grammar. There are people coming out of closets (literally) pretending to enter rooms, dialogue is oft repeated, Boston doubles for an obvious New York, and well that's not even the…

  • The Deadman

    The Deadman

    ★★★½

    16mm print - Metrograph 

    Paired well with Doris Wishman’s BAD GIRLS GO TO HELL. 

    Peggy Ahwesh also told a funny story about how when this premiered at Anthology in 1989, both Yvonne Rainer and a guy from “Screw Magazine” sat in the same row. And they both loved it!

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  • City on Fire

    City on Fire

    ★★★★

    I kinda hate when people throw around the term “pure cinema.”

    Having said that, I went home after this screening and rewatched the opening sequence and the first heist. Both sections are nearly wordless so I wasn’t too upset to find them online sans subtitles, and they work perfectly without them through music, gestures, and editing. So I’ll be damned if they’re not considered pure cinema!

    35mm print - Metrograph

  • The Night of the Hunter

    The Night of the Hunter

    ★★★★

    35mm Print. This film is a beauty. The shot of Shelley Winters underwater should be in museums. I swear Seymour Skinner is channeling Robert Mitchum in this movie.