BOUTIQUE (Hamid Nematollah, 2003)

If Boutique, set in Tehran, is a social survey of young Iranians, as most reviewers seem to think, it is too superficial and scattered to convince. But, recklessly taking my cue from the fact that the protagonist of writer-director Hamid Nematollah’s debut feature is also named Hamid, I would call it instead, or at least […]

RIDERS OF DESTINY (Robert N. Bradbury, 1933)

Although the whole thing lasts only 53 minutes, I made it, Partner, only forty-five minutes through Riders of Destiny, a B.S. (Before Stagecoach/stardom) Western starring the future Ringo Kid, John Wayne, one of my favorite actors. But not here! This was his first appearance as Singin’ Sandy—I’m not kiddin’—for Lone Star Productions. And here’s where […]