If you're like me and you are trying to avoid turning on your television any time today, terrorized by what you'll see, fear not! There's always Turner Classic Movies whose resourceful programmers have booked a screening of "A Face in the Crowd," Elia Kazan's dark and quite prescient political satire of 1957, starring Andy Griffith in a career high as a shameless huckster/opportunist/attention addict who accumulates a frightening amount of power. Budd Schulberg's taut, astute script says all there is to say about 2017 - and, yes, its searing message was delivered 60 years ago. "A Face in the Crowd," much needed, airs today at 5:45 p.m. (est).
a fan's notes by joe baltake devoted to movies neglected and mostly misunderstood
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about this site, a collection of movie-fed daydreams...
Life is simply one grand excuse to watch movies and then sit around and think about them. While my education was honed by reviewing films for Gannett, Tribune, McClatchy, The News Corporation and Knight-Ridder, my personality - or rather my taste - was shaped largely in my old neighborhood movie theater and on my parents' living room floor. Watching movies. And falling in love with the unacclaimed. Passionately. (the passionate moviegoer ® is a registered trademark)
"There is no better evidence of Joe's passion than his subject matter, defending and remembering the more obscure titles from cinematic history. No matter how much you think you might know about movies, odds are you will learn of new ones if you check out Joe's site."
"Joe ... devotes himself to those myriad neglected figures and movies seemingly left by the roadside in our societal rush toward cultural amnesia. Whether he is trying to find the source of Jack Lemmon's quicksilver appeal or understand Vincente Minnelli's valedictory films or express just why we miss Jack Carson, Joe is consistently thoughtful and knowledgeable without being ponderous."