CineSavant Column

Tuesday June 11, 2019


The Lincoln Center in New York is hosting a tend-day screening series based on a new book by J. Hoberman Make My Day: Movie Culture in the Age of Reagan. I’ve read Hoberman’s An Army of Phantoms and The Dream Life; they’re a fascinating, detailed combination of movie criticism and history that I’m ready to read again. For him the ’60s began with Sputnik and ended with Watergate, and he marks the 1980s as happening between the Bicentennial and the Iran-Contra Affair

The film series runs between August 23 and September 3 — and the choice of films being examined is excellent. From Conan the Barbarian (John Milius) to Walker (Alex Cox), with stops for Cutter’s Way (Ivan Passer), Gremlins (Joe Dante), Videodrome (David Cronenberg), Back to the Future (Robert Zemeckis), True Stories (David Byrne), River’s Edge (Tim Hunter), Robocop (Paul Verhoeven) and They Live (John Carpenter) and about ten more.

We’re hoping to be able to review the new book here at CineSavant.

Thanks for reading! — Glenn Erickson