There are so many films worth periodic rewatching, but one perennial favorite is Casablanca where Rick repeatedly reveals his character by his generous actions that contradict his professed, exclusive self interest. Its many classic lines include: “I’m shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!” “Here’s looking at you, kid,” and “We’ll always have Paris.”
No matter how many times I’ve watched it, I am still left wondering who did what when in Rashomon.
For drama with outstanding acting and a soundtrack that matches the interpersonal tensions, no film can surpass Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf. Marlon Brando, Rod Steiger, and Eva Marie Saint continue to amaze me on repeat viewings of On the Waterfront. Even knowing the eventual resolution of the mysteries, the original The Manchurian Candidate, Chinatown, and Charade continue to be entertaining. No matter how many times I’ve watched it, I am still left wondering who did what when in Rashomon.
For romantic comedies, the acting and zany The Philadelphia Story and When Harry Met Sally top my list. “What hump?.” “Werewolf?…There wolf,” and “Put the candle back,” are some of the precious lines in Young Frankenstein. City Slickers celebrates the resolution of adult male adult ennui. And for westerns, the atmospheric authenticity of McCabe and Mrs. Miller is captivating. Hook portrays both the cynicism of adulthood and the magic of childhood in a clever updating of Peter Pan. As a child, after seeing Prince Valiant, I immersed myself in tales of the King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table and re-enacted the scenes over and over.
I was born in 1946 and raised in the Bywater district of New Orleans.
I attended Jesuit High School and then Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, graduating in 1968 with a major in psychology and a minor in philosophy. In 1968-69, I did graduate study in personality at the University of California, Berkeley, I returned to LSU to pursue a Ph.D. in clinical psychology although my dissertation was on the psychology of sculpture. I completed my internship at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Palo Alto, California, and then became a staff psychologist there specializing in the treatment of men with severe substance use disorders. During those years I also taught at Stanford's School of Education and was a clinical educator in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in the Medical School.
I also taught at Palo Alto University, and, in 2008 I retired from the VA and became a full-time professor at PAU and then retired from there in 2013.