Reviews and Blog Posts: 1960s

Les Blank : always for pleasure

This Criterion Collection of the films of Les Blank is a gem! I enjoyed discovering each one, having no idea independent films were being made like this in the 1960s and 1980s. Each short film is saturated with American culture rarely caught on camera. Even rarer is Les Blank’s hands-off...

Jersey boys

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I really enjoyed this movie. I love the effort that went into the costume and set design. It definitely paid homage to the origins of the movie, a Broadway musical.  I am not sure who wrote the screenplay, but I think keeping to the musical essence of the story is...

Inside Llewyn Davis

by Coen Brothers

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This Coen brothers' flick was disappointing for me, compared to their previous works. Although the soundtrack is excellent and the grittiness of the '60s New York setting is romantic, the title character seemed to be completely lacking in sympathetic qualities and you end up not really caring about anyone in...

Pierre Etaix Box Set

by Pierre Etaix

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Inspired by the silent, slap-stick comedy of Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin, and Harold Lloyd, Pierre Étaix (rhymes with “apex”) produced a series of short and feature-length films between 1962 and 1971 that are completely unique and utterly charming.  A series of complex rights difficulties kept his films from being shown...

Dining, Mad Men Style

Mad Men is one of the best shows on TV, and my friends and I have begun a little tradition surrounding the Sunday night episodes at 8 pm on AMC.

Each week, we not only get together to watch the latest antics of Don, Peggy, Roger, and Betty, but we also eat and drink like it's 1964. A recent menu involved a champagne jello salad, meatloaf, and Grasshopper Pie, complete with hors d'oeuvres of a cheeseball with Ritz crackers, celery sticks with cream cheese, and green olives with pimientos. The following titles contain some vintage recipes to help you get dining and entertaining a la Mad Men:

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