The Film Library

I go back and forth between watching movies and films, always have.  It was the difference between going to the old Chief Theater in Colorado Springs to check out the latest western or comedy and sneaking into The Flick, which alternated Bergman and Godard with the porn that paid the bills.  I have a high tolerance for “slow” and don’t much care for formulas, but most of my favorites keep me riveted and make me think.  I’ve put this library together to introduce newcomers to the film universe to some of my favorite classics, while going into depth with a cluster of conversations growing out of music, Vietnam and the 1960s.

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  • The A-List

    My favorites.  If I get stranded on a desert island that has a movie theater, these are the films I want to be playi...
  • Hollywood Classics

    Hollywood’s given us so much junk in recent years that it’s sometimes hard to remember how many great films came out...
  • The 1960s

    Dedicated to my 2014 class on “Film, Politics and the Sixties.”  The decade in which American film broke from Hollyw...
  • The 1970s

    For a few chaotic, creative moments, American film escaped from the control of the industry and set out for parts un...
  • The Auteurs

    The notion of the director as an “auteur,” a creative intelligence in charge of every aspect of the film came out of...
  • Multicultural Cinema

    It’s not like Spike Lee invented multicultural film, but give or take the Blaxpoitation flicks of the seventies, you...
  • Independent Spirits

    I’m not really sure what “independent” means in the post-studio era, but all of these films either ignore the standa...
  • Music and Film

    A tribute to symbiosis.  It drives me nuts when a soundtrack spends all its time telling me how I’m supposed to feel...
  • Science Fiction

    My first awareness of “genre” came from watching the Friday night “Creature Features” on Channel 11 in Colorado Spri...
  • Comedy

    I’m one of those people who’s convinced that the Three Stooges are capital G Geniuses, so it’s probably not a shock ...
  • The Long Binh Film Festival

    For five years, I collaborated with Doug Bradley, Paul Heideman, Wyl Schuth and Anthony Black on an annual film fest...
  • The “Whose ’68?” Film Festival

    The year 1968 was a strange one in the United States, but what was happening here was only a part of a ferment that ...
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