Shaidle at the Cinema
Mark presents our dear friend Kathy Shaidle's final film column
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Kathy Shaidle, a dear friend and our peerless movie essayist...
A Kathy Shaidle classic on a smash hit that never was - with Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver and Alan Rickman
Mark writes: Our peerless film columnist Kathy Shaidle died last month. To mark her passing, I've picked out a few personal favorites of mine from her movie columns over the years. This one I'd never seen until Kathy drew my attention to it a couple of years ago...
Kathy Shaidle on an "accidental movie" she wound up loving
La Grande Illusion was the first foreign-language film ever to be nominated for a Best Picture Oscar. Then Europe's dictators determined to destroy every single print, and the picture disappeared for decades. This is Kathy Shaidle's distinctive take on a Renoir classic...
Our peerless film columnist Kathy Shaidle died a fortnight ago. To mark her passing, Mark's picked out a few personal favorites of his from her movie columns over the years...
An anthology of favorite Kathy Shaidle insights on some of the players who caught her beady eye
Kathy Shaidle takes a look at Kurosawa's Ikiru, about an ill Japanese bureaucrat's quest for meaning as he nears the end of his life...
Kathy Shaidle on the the "Citizen Kane of woman's pictures," Now, Voyager starring Bette Davis...
Kathy Shaidle on the moral dilemma, ingenious blocking, and competent policing of Akira Kurosawa's High and Low...
Kathy Shaidle roots for the humans in this look at 1951's The Thing from Another World.
Kathy Shaidle on the enduring quality of a low-budget Canadian kids' horror show – and how Vincent Price wound up on it...
Kathy Shaidle looks at the low-budget, but highly influential, Carnival of Souls...
Kathy Shaidle walks The Thin Blue Line in this week's Shaidle at the Cinema...
Kathy Shaidle looks at two famous heiresses from film...
Kathy Shaidle on what happened to Joan Crawford...
A son of Kenosha, Wisconsin: Kathy Shaidle on Welles and wokeness
Kathy Shaidle debugs the Czech New Wave anti-communist paranoid thriller The Ear in this week's Shaidle at the Cinema...
Kathy Shaidle on Charlie Chaplin's 1947 black comedy (though without the comedy) film Monsieur Verdoux...
Kathy Shaidle on the macabre 'Blow Up Your School' cinematic subgenre going back all the way to 1933.
The average person likely wouldn't recognize Marcel Dalio's name, but odds are they know his face, Kathy Shaidle writes.
Kathy Shaidle brings us Christmas in July, with takes on It's a Wonderful Life, A Christmas Carol, and the Trailer Park Boys Christmas special, among other films.
Kathy Shaidle on a Henry Fonda film with its roots in the Sacco and Vanzetti case
With Hamilton now facing the cancel mob, Kathy Shaidle takes a look at Broadway's previous foray into American history, 1776...
Lili Taylor's Valerie Solanas is that rare thing in cinema (and, possibly, in life): A homely, mannish woman who is also charismatic, sympathetic and strangely seductive...
Kathy Shaidle on the 'love at first sound' 1946 British fantasy-romance film A Matter of Life and Death
Kathy Shaidle reflects on the career of the late celebrity interviewer and fellow Hamiltonian Brian Linehan.
Kathy Shaidle takes a look at standout scenes and compelling clips from the last 90 years of cinema, from The Letter to Fritz Lang's M to Yentl.
Kathy Shaidle takes a look at Pontypool, the Canadian zombie film in which words of adoration are society's viral pandemic.
Kathy Shaidle on why despite its grittiness, the 1953 indie flick Little Fugitive has still earned the adjective "wholesome."
Kathy Shaidle rounds up the scariest scenes from films outside the horror genre, from The Leopard Man and Touch of Evil to Paranormal Activity 3 and Reservoir Dogs.
Kathy Shaidle on British inertia and conformity as manifested in a strange picture about an alternate Second World War ending
"I half-hoped the film would be overrated and dated, but it wasn't," Kathy Shaidle writes of her recent rewatch of the 1976 film Network.
From The Little Foxes and Snake Eyes to A Star is Born and Doubt, Kathy Shaidle brings an assemblage of scenes and shorts, culminating in a personal favorite.
If Leave Her To Heaven were made today, and were as popular now as it was then, dozens of think-pieces would be devoted to pondering one question: "What the hell is wrong with us, America?"
Kathy Shaidle looks at Oliver Stone's "malignant opus," JFK.
Kathy Shaidle's fed up with switching on the TV and seeing the WHO, not The Who
After the passing of British singer Genesis P-Orridge, Kathy Shaidle reflects on the cult classic, The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
Kathy Shaidle on Peeping Tom, the 1960 Michael Powell film about a voyeuristic serial killer in an age before Instagram.
"Re-watching Terms of Endearment while having cancer may have been one of the dumber things I've done recently," writes Kathy Shaidle
Kathy Shaidle on the so-bad-it's-okay 1968 hippiesploitation film starring Christopher Jones as an ageist pop star who becomes president
Long before Parasite, Jean Renoir's La Grande Illusion was the first foreign film nominated for the Best Picture Oscar
Kathy Shaidle looks at the biopic Telstar and lobbies for songwriter-producer Joe Meek to be in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
Kathy Shaidle on comedian Adam Carolla's semi-autobiographical film about an underperforming contractor who loses his job and his girlfriend on his fortieth birthday.
Kathy Shaidle on a minimally edited Hitchcock thriller with Jimmy Stewart and Farley Granger
Kathy Shaidle delves into the 1993 Michael Douglas film Falling Down.
Kathy Shaidle on the 70th anniversary of a Bette Davis classic
Kathy Shaidle on Oscar-winning Leo McCarey's non-Oscar-winning 1937 masterpiece, Make Way for Tomorrow, a "ruthlessly candid" film with all-too-familiar themes for many families.
Kathy Shaidle explores two films whose stars died in 2019 – Eyes Without a Face starring Edith Scob, and The Brain That Wouldn't Die with Virginia Leith.
In this week's Shaidle at the Cinema, Kathy Shaidle explores the genius and geniality of the late Gene Wilder.
Kathy Shaidle on a French pop star awaiting the results of a cancer biopsy in Agnes Varda's Cléo from 5 to 7
My grandmother was a Bette Davis impersonator. Not professionally, and barely amateurly, either: She only entered, and won, a single look-alike contest, well before my time.
Some of the more elevated observations about Psycho approach the level of poetry, but too often these critics are also, quite possibly, seeing things that not even Hitchcock himself conceived of.
Kathy Shaidle attempts to decipher the message of Gilda, a film she watched despite her efforts to the contrary.
When we "discover" a great old film, we often regret not having watched it sooner. But not in this case...
Mark at the Movies guest columnist Kathy Shaidle is back, this time with her take on the 1955 Bengali classic, Pather Panchali.
Guest columnist Kathy Shaidle hates westerns, yet still has a bit of a soft spot for this 1951 film, she writes in this week's Mark at the Movies.
As a teen, I read an old movie review by Pauline Kael, in which she complained that some contemporaneous satirical film was inferior to a similar one made back in 1950, called Champagne for Caesar.
That weird title lodged in my brain; I never stopped scanning TV Guide listings for Champagne for Caesar, and it wasn't until a couple of years ago that I finally saw it.
Which is odd.
Mark at the Movies guest columnist Kathy Shaidle takes an intergalactic look at an underrated parody film from 1999, Galaxy Quest starring Tim Allen, Alan Rickman, Sigourney Weaver and Tony Shalhoub.
In this week's Mark at the Movies, we explore a wartime film misinterpreted in its day as being unpatriotic despite the opposite being true. Guest columnist Kathy Shaidle on The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp.
Kathy Shaidle explores the gritty, alcohol-saturated and "God-haunted" noir film Nightmare Alley, based on the novel by William Lindsay Gresham...
Imagine a 1960s without the most infuriating parts of that era...
Kathy Shaidle on the best Catholic movie ever made by two Jews
In this week's Mark at the Movies, guest columnist Kathy Shaidle delves into the evocative Seconds, starring Rock Hudson. The 1966 sci-fi drama is "fantastical," but also real in its depiction of a man's midlife crisis, Shaidle writes.
Kathy Shaidle explores the subtle touches and edge-of-your-seat twists of Fritz Lang's detectiveless film noir, Scarlet Street.
Kathy Shaidle on the pre-CGI era of Hollywood special effects, from Buster Keaton's Sherlock Jr to the skeleton fight in Jason and the Argonauts
Kathy Shaidle is back! To kick off this series of Shaidle at the Cinema, Kathy considers Kirk Douglas in Ace in the Hole...
Mark is "on assignment", as CBS used to say about Dan Rather, for a few weeks. So, as we approach the first anniversary of Jerry Lewis's death, we thought we'd invite Mark's compatriot Kathy Shaidle to offer her take on one of Lewis's most famous roles:
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