BOYZ N THE HOOD (John Singleton, 1991)

Perhaps writer-director John Singleton’s Boyz N The Hood was not so good as we originally thought, or it simply hasn’t held up, or we cannot help but view it now through the murky prism of Singleton’s subsequent career. Whatever; my revisiting his feature debut, which Singleton made in his early twenties, has proven to be […]

FLIC STORY (Jacques Deray, 1975)

Although the source material, Roger Borniche’s autobiography, imposes on Jacques Deray’s film an idealization of Borniche and his marriage, and simplifies Emile Buisson’s motivation for mayhem, Flic Story constitutes riveting, exciting, intermittently terrifying, almost consistently brilliant entertainment. It fully conveys, rather than glosses over, the horror of criminal violence, and does no less for police […]


Completing his stint, begun in 1956, as editor of Cahiers du Cinéma, the great film magazine that he had helped found and is still in existence, Eric Rohmer, born Jean-Marie Maurice Schérer, turned—actually, returned—to filmmaking to launch the series Six Moral Tales. Rohmer was in his mid-forties. He has said that his miraculous Romance of […]