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“Ford to City: Drop Dead” New York in the 70s – at Film Forum (through 7/27/17)

taking of pelham

July 19, 2017.  “Ford to City: Drop Dead,” New York in the 70s is a movie series playing at Film Forum now through July 27. The 70s, considered to be the last golden age of American cinema, is filled with some of my favorite movies, many of which were shot in New York. The titles in this series include “Dog Day Afternoon,” “Saturday Night Fever,” “The Taking of Pelham 123,” and many others.

On the one hand, this is a series tailor made for me. On the other hand, since I already own many of these movies on DVD, why should I pay to see them in a movie theatre? Still, as a practical matter, how often do I actually watch the movies that I have on DVD? I think it’s an existential issue. In other words, having lots of movies on DVD means that I have the possibility of watching them, even if the reality is that I rarely watch them. This is the dilemma presented to the movie aficionado in the digital age, in which almost everything is available at his, or her, fingertips. Had home video and all its variations – VHS, laser disc, DVD, Blu-Ray, streaming – not been invented, then Film Forum’s series would be a “no brainer” for me. Of course I would go. So, saying I wont see a particular film when it plays in a theatre because I have it on a DVD that I almost never watch, means running the risk of not seeing the film at all! Read the rest of this entry

Take a Class with the Unpaid Film Critic

Join me at CUNY Queens College from January 2- 23

Join me at CUNY Queens College from January 2- 23

I will be teaching sociology 101 at CUNY Queens College from 1/2 – 1/23/13 W1-LEC (11324).  This will be a lively, fun and informative course that uses all kinds of movies – feature films, documentaries and shorts – to illustrate sociological concepts.  Plus you will bang out three credits in only three weeks!

Some of the films to be analyzed:

Saturday Night Fever

Dog Day Afternoon

Bus 174

Harry & Tonto

Partly Private

Saving Face

The Chosen

51 Birch Street

The Kids Grow Up