Category Archives: Todd Ford

Margaret: Story of a Teen Girl

By Todd Ford

I won’t go into how I know be­cause it might get me in trouble, potentially operatic trouble, but the lives of teenage girls are filled with drama. Reading their Face­book profiles makes daytime soaps su­perfluous. How often have you heard someone accused of being a “drama king?”

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By Todd Ford

Eva (Tilda Swinton) is working late at the travel agency when a coworker rushes into her of­fice panicked. It seems that her son Kevin’s high school is on the news. Someone is on a rampage, killing stu­dents and faculty and the police have the school surrounded.

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Von Trier’s Melancholia

By Todd Ford

My wife often accuses me of being a pessimist. I prefer to think I just have something of a melancholic nature. I’m not a popular picker of movies in my house. A typical exchange on a Saturday night goes like this.

“Let’s watch a movie together.”

“What movie?”

“How about The Last Picture Show?”

“Is it funny or all dreary and depressing?”

“Ummm, never mind.”

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The Secret World of Arriety

By Todd Ford

My daughter came home a month ago and gave me that amazed look of hers. “Why didn’t you tell me Miyazaki had a movie coming out?” She’d seen the poster for The Secret World of Arrietty displayed in the lobby of the Grand Theater. She was so excited she almost sent the stack of Miyazaki DVDs that live on our end table tumbling.

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L-I-V-I-N Dazed and Confused

By Todd Ford
“The older you get, the more rules they are going to try and get you to follow. You just gotta keep on livin’, man. L-I-V-I-N.” – Wooderson in Dazed and Confused.

Critic Robin Wood, while discussing the history and meaning of teen movies, once let slip the following nugget: “…when I described [Dazed and Confused] in an article as a ‘horror’ movie, I received a message from its director Richard Linklater congratulating me on being the first to notice his intention!”

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Tree of Life: Warm, Overflowing

By Todd Ford

We humans have difficulty seeing beyond our cur­rent condition. Events only days ago become fuzzy and we can hardly see past that check to a creditor we agonized over ten minutes ago. The future becomes a question: Will I be able to write that check again next month?

Geographically, we’re fixated on our home town, patriotism, and property bound­ary lines. We live in our own little worlds and see everything and everyone beyond our white picket fences as ‘other.’ Continue reading

Moneyball: On the Money?

By Todd Ford

Baseball gets a bad rap for be­ing dull. There’s no clock. A pitcher can take all the time he wants and can attempt a pick-off at first base 30 times in a row if he feels like it. And the seventh inning stretch Continue reading

The Help: “Tackling Racism”?

By Todd Ford

The other day, I entered this on Facebook: “Had a great anniversary date today. Saw  The Help. Made us both cry. Really  good movie.” A friend pointed me to an article by online movie critic Matt Zoller Seitz. It decried how once again “Hollywood” was trivializing the history of racism in America.

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