Snarky Cinemachine

Snarky's Cinemachine: Helen Mirren is looking for some action!

Helen Mirren keeps popping up in my daily conversations and I am doing my best to resist this wave of Helen Fever. I had a strain of Helen Fever in 1995 (while sick with an actual fever and accompanied... Read more »

Snarky's Cinemachine: The Manchurian Feminist

Whenever I am asked to name a film whose female actor’s performance lifted me out of the recliner I immediately think of Angela Lansbury’s chilling turn as Eleanor Iselin in the 1962 John Frankenheimer film... Read more »

Snarky's Cinemachine: Knight and Daze

At some point between the release of 1996’s Mission: Impossible and Jerry Maguire I discovered I could predict future Tom Cruise trends based on what I knew about his upcoming releases.... Read more »

Snarky's Cinemachine: Thelma Schoonmaker, the Cut Master

“I took a stress test and they said [State Department] I was way too liberal in my thinking.” - Three-time Oscar winner Thelma Schoonmaker pictured with long time collaborator Martin “Marty” Scorsese Meanwhile, hundreds miles away,... Read more »

Snarky's Cinemachine: Dede Allen, The Coolest Woman in Film You've Never Heard Of!

The genesis of my cinema love affair can be traced to two films: The Wiz and Serpico, both directed by... Read more »

Snarky's (Classic) Cinemachine: Unpacking Sean Young

Hollywood seems to reserve a special hell for female actors who do not play nice, and the most enduring example–for me anyway–is Sean Young. Young’s... Read more »


The remake of The Karate Kid surprised many Hollywood insiders–worn down by under-performing overly hyped films (Robin Hood, Sex and the City, Killers) and the audience’s reluctance to shell... Read more »

Snarky's Cinemachine: Five Things I Learned Watching Recent Movie Trailers

2. Even female action stars must submit to the Makeover trope. The trailer for the hotly anticipated Salt finds Angelina Jolie rocking the mess out of a pencil skirt and taupe heels, only later to revamp her exterior with... Read more »

Snarky's Cinemachine: Backyard Superheroes

Whenever I opted to play “superheroes” with neighborhood kids, I was often assigned Catwoman, since other gals had already called dibs on Batgirl,... Read more »

Snarky's Cinemachine: Bay of Pigs

Huffington Post blogger Scott Mendelson wrote an intriguing analysis of the Megan Fox/Michael Bay dust up which may or may not have been the catalyst for Fox’s departure from the successful... Read more »