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Writing About Film

I've been a movie fan for all my life, dating back to when my college professor-mom would screen movies on a bedsheet in our living room. When I was in college, I took a number of film criticism classes, most notably a course focusing on movies about the Vietnam War. I wrote a number of papers about those films. Then, in the early 1990s, I actually published some movie reviews, in the progressive weekly In These Times.

This section of my website compiles many of those (published & unpublished) film reviews, as well as some of the college papers. Looking back on them now, I fear they suffer from an overdose of politically correct moralism (I did go to Oberlin in the late 1980s, after all!), but they do contain some degree of insight, and thus seem worth sharing. So if you're interested, take a look...

The Addams Family

Barry Sonnenfeld, 1991

Published in In These Times, 1991

Doc Hollywood

Michael Caton-Jones, 1991

Published in In These Times, 1991

Eating

Henry Jaglom, 1990

Unpublished, 1991

Hannah and Her Sisters

Woody Allen, 1986

Paper for The Films of Woody Allen class, 1987

JFK

Oliver Stone, 1991

Unpublished, 1992

Regarding Henry

Mike Nichols, 1991

Unpublished, 1991

Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

Kevin Reynolds, 1991

Unpublished, 1991

Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

Nicholas Meyer, 1991

Unpublished, 1992

Taxi Driver

Martin Scorsese, 1976

Paper for Film Noir Cinema class, 1987

THE VIETNAM PAPERS

Apocalypse Now

Francis Ford Coppola, 1979

Paper for Vietnam and the Cinema class, 1988

The Deer Hunter

Michael Cimino, 1978

Paper for Vietnam and the Cinema class, 1988

Full Metal Jacket

Stanley Kurbick, 1987

Paper for Vietnam and the Cinema class, 1988

The Green Berets

Ray Kellogg, John Wayne, and Mervyn LeRoy, 1968

Paper for Vietnam and the Cinema class, 1988

Platoon

Oliver Stone, 1986

Paper for Vietnam and the Cinema class, 1988

Rambo: First Blood Part II

George P. Cosmatos, 1985

Paper for Vietnam and the Cinema class, 1988

Vietnam Films Overview

Paper for Recent America: 1941 to the Present course, 1989