Michael Welch

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Union Pacific <b>VHS</b> ~ Barbara Stanwyck
Union Pacific VHS ~ Barbara Stanwyck
This is artful entertainment; this is Cecil B. De Mille presenting an odd blend of celebration and deconstruction in his portrayal of the burgeoning American empire. Far-sighted statesmen and greedy corporate barons; vigilante "justice," racism, ridicule and praise for the durable Irish immigrants, a bolloxed love triangle, a spunky and noble Irish lass, a dissipated lover, a grim strong and silent type, a comic Mexican thug: De Mille's scriptwriters seem inspired to throw in as many elements to the plot as their imaginations allow; and the result isn't the mess you'd suspect but fascinating fun, some gripping action sequences, and a lovely story of confused love.
Barbara… Read more
Searching For John Ford: A Life by Joseph McBride
I don't know why anyone interested in the seminal American director, John Ford, would not find this book utterly fascinating. McBride illuminates Ford's early life and the beginnings of his long career with detailed care. He explores his problematic character with skill, compassion and insight without ever being patronizing and without ever holding back about the darkest aspects of Ford's personality and behavior. For instance, McBride makes it very clear that Ford does not deserve as much credit as he usually gets for what was really an ambivalent attitude toward the notorious Hollywood "blacklist" during the anti-communist hysteria of the 1940s and '50s.
McBride's book… Read more
My Best Friends Wedding <b>VHS</b> ~ Julia Roberts
My Best Friends Wedding VHS ~ Julia Roberts
First, the leading characters are none of them particularly honest, either to others or to themselves. Julianne (Julia Roberts), of course, is the most egregriously deceitful; she continually insists on her love for Michael (Dermot Mulroney) to her gay friend George (Rupert Everett) but in the scene on the tourist boat in the Chicago River when Michael practically invites her to declare her feelings, she allows the moment to pass though she obviously understands its significance. (This is either egocentric self-absorption taken to the max, or an incredibly constricted personality who needs therapy!)
Michael too seems to comprehend his real attachment to 'Jules' but apparently… Read more