Film of the Week: The Hitch-Hiker

In The Hitch-Hiker, Ida Lupino upends the noir genre, playing on the fear of everyday Americans. Roy Collins (Edmon O’Brien) and Gilbert Bowen (Frank Lovejoy) are two friends on their way to Mexico for a fishing trip when they’re taken hostage by Emmet Myers (William Talman), a criminal on the run. A simple story, but…

Film of the Week: WINTER’s BONE

Debra Grenik’s “Winter’s Bone” is a film where Grenik certainly employs a show and don’t tell method of filmmaking.  The story is about Ree Dolly (Jennifer Lawrence), a 17-year old girl on the hunt for her father wanted by the law. Should she fail to find him, her family will be evicted from their home…

Film of the Week: “Ratcatcher”

Directed by Lynne Ramsay, Ratcatcher is a film about a twelve years old boy named James (William Eadie), who one day accidentally drowns his friend after the two begin to wrestle in a canal. From thereon, Ramsay focuses on James’ guilt and shame of having run away from the scene, consequently keeping his presence there…