Talking About Movies

  1. The curtain falls

    As the credits roll on his column, Frank Beaver takes a bow for the time being. Let’s push for a remake in the future.

  2. Spirits on the rise

    Frank Beaver wants to raise your spirits with uplifting picks for your home entertainment.

  3. If you build it, they will enroll

    Frank Beaver travels back in time to the days when he helped launch legit film study at U-M.

  4. Bridges beyond the River Kwai

    Inspired by the film ‘1917,’ Frank Beaver examines the roles played by bridges on the silver screen.

  5. Noble Nobel William Faulkner

    William Faulkner ranks as one of America’s preeminent novelists. But a screenwriter?

  6. The decade in cinema

    Frank Beaver hits rewind and reflects on the decade’s cinema highlights.

  7. The Joker is in the details

    Frank Beaver asks: Could Joaquin Phoenix could be the most interesting and compelling screen actor today?

  8. The ‘direct cinema’ of D.A. Pennebaker

    Frank Beaver analyzes the ‘direct cinema’ of documentarist D.A. Pennebaker, who died in August.

  9. Summertime streamers

    Frank Beaver takes a break from Tarantino, talking lions, and comic heroes to stream four summer films you should not miss.