Period film: Gangster Squad (2013)

“Every man carries a badge. Some symbol of his allegiance. His were the scars of a boxer who’d used his fists to climb the social ladder of the mob. A Jew who’d gained the respect of wops through a homicidal lust. He’d sworn an oath of violence. And his master? His own insatiable will to power. He wanted to own this town. His name was Mickey Cohen.” When we meet the infamous … Continue reading Period film: Gangster Squad (2013)

A Tale of Two Mittys (The Secret Life of Walter Mitty – 1947 & 2013)

Walter Mitty was a man who liked to daydream in 1947, and it’s a habit that has stuck with him well into the 21st century. As of the recent Christmas holiday, Mitty’s story has now been told twice, with both versions inspired by (but not steadfast adaptations of) James Thurber’s 1939 short story of the same name. Norman Z. McLeod directs Danny Kaye and Virginia … Continue reading A Tale of Two Mittys (The Secret Life of Walter Mitty – 1947 & 2013)

Period film: The Book Thief (2013)

The year is 1938, and Liesel Meminger (Sophie Nélisse) is beginning a new life on a street named after Heaven in Germany. She’s been adopted by Hans (Geoffrey Rush) and Rosa Hubermann (Emily Watson). Her mother, an alleged communist, has been forced to flee the country in order to protect herself, leaving Liesel with a new family. Though she has some trouble adjusting to her … Continue reading Period film: The Book Thief (2013)