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Every so often, an actor turns in a performance so remarkable and compelling that it reminds you why they’re a movie star. Sometimes, it comes when you least expect it — like after reading the premise of Pig, which goes like this: A truffle-hunting hermit named Rob (Nicolas Cage) who lives in a literal cabin in the woods of the Pacific Northwest is forced to return to civilization when his beloved truffle-hunting pig is, uh, pig-napped.
You might assume that…
The third weekend of May was the three-week mark since my second vaccine shot, so on Sunday, my (also fully vaccinated) wife and I celebrated that milestone the best way we knew how: We went to a movie theater, for the first time in something like 15 months. It was definitely weird, but it was definitely wonderful.
Dimmer-than-usual lighting lent the lobby an almost funereal atmosphere. A moviegoer said that he actually preferred this to dealing with crowded theaters in…
Rear Window is a riveting masterpiece, but you already knew that. This was, amazingly, my first time watching it, and I loved it for the production as much as the story and performances. The whole thing takes place in the courtyard of a Manhattan apartment complex, for which the filmmakers built a massive set. But everything had to be constructed with the proper sight lines from the apartment of Jimmy Stewart’s L.B. Jefferies, because 98% of the film is shot…