Rebecca Wright

Rebecca has a B.A. in the Humanities with an emphasis in film and writing. She holds an M.A. in American and British literature. She loves to explore all film genres, but has a special place in her heart for big epics like "Cleopatra" and "Ben-Hur."

Dance, Girl Dance

Blu-ray Review: Dance, Girl, Dance (Criterion Collection)

1940’s Dance, Girl, Dance is notable in the fact that it was directed by Hollywood’s lone female director during the 1930’s-’40s, Dorothy Arzner. While the film’s behind-the-scenes look at a burlesque show might have been sensationalized in other hands, Arzner unceremoniously mutes the male gaze. Rather than allow her camera to leer at the female …

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The Runner Stumbles

Blu-ray Review: The Runner Stumbles

Loosely based on true story, 1979’s The Runner Stumbles was the final film of legendary director/producer Stanley Kramer’s (Judgement at Nuremberg, Inherit the Wind, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner) long career. Set in remote Michigan circa 1911, the story begins as Father Rivard (Dick Van Dyke, Mary Poppins) is fetching his parish’s latest addition, fresh …

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Destry Rides Again (1939)

Blu-ray Review: Destry Rides Again (1939) (Criterion Collection)

One of the biggest influences on Mel Brooks’ spoof Blazing Saddles, Destry Rides Again takes place in the town of Bottleneck, corrupt from the mayor on down. Marlene Dietrich plays Frenchy, the local saloon owner who quietly helps the criminals cheat and steal their way to money and power. The town has gambling, drinking, and …

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Days of Thunder

4K UHD Review: Days of Thunder (30th Anniversary Edition)

Editor’s Note: Elements of this piece appeared in a review for an earlier release of this film–RW] Released just four years after Cruise’s mega-hit Top Gun, Days of Thunder follows largely the same premise–except here, the speed machines are race cars instead of jet fighters. Days of Thunder is practically interchangeable with Top Gun. You’ll …

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