Matt writes: Over this past Fourth of July weekend, we were saddened to learn of the passing of an enormously influential icon in the Chicago film community, Milos Stehlik (1949-2019), co-founder of Facets Multimedia, who passed away on Saturday at age 70. Chaz Ebert hailed him as one of cinema's biggest advocates and humanitarians.
A posthumous tribute to two male directors who encouraged audience identification with women onscreen and made opportunities for female film artists.
Matt writes: In honor of the nominees being announced this morning for the 91st Academy Awards ceremony, let's analyze perhaps the most important "Oscar movie" of all time, "A Star Is Born." Bradley Cooper's awards contender is the fifth screen version of the story, and though it is a remarkable achievement in its own right, the best of them all still remains George Cukor's 1954 masterpiece starring Judy Garland in the greatest performance of her career.
An essay about the five screen versions of "A Star Is Born," and why George Cukor's 1954 masterpiece still reigns supreme.
A feature on Bing Crosby, including an interview with the director of a special "American Masters" about the legendary actor.