MILLION DOLLAR BABY (Clint Eastwood, 2004)

Clint Eastwood, Hollywood’s premier misogynist beginning with his first feature, Play Misty for Me (1971), has an unwholesome field day with Million Dollar Baby, a film so nasty about or towards its female characters that, here, Eastwood doesn’t need to have a Sondra Locke-lookalike’s getting her face slashed in order to make his point, as […]

BEACHES (Garry Marshall, 1988)

Garry Marshall, Penny’s brother, makes genial, sloppy, more or less artificial movies that are likely to be visually glamorous rather than visually expressive. They may be sparked, though, by good acting. Lent a near-fabulous atmosphere by Dante Spinotti’s rich color cinematography, Beaches—the title plays with a soundalike word—proved a popular success. It is the saga […]