The man who would be Kane

Citizen Kane is 70 years old this month and is acknowledged as a masterpiece from actor/director Orson Welles. But, let’s not do what he did and forget screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz. Orson Welles was a dictator — a loud, overbearing brilliant control freak and a genuine cinematic genius, but a dictator nonetheless. And he wasn’t…

Four great DVD commentaries

The rare exceptions when it’s worth buying the DVD for the audio extras. THIS IS SPINAL TAP (MGM HOME ENTERTAINMENT RELEASE) The band do the entire thing in character, complaining throughout that the 1984 mockumentary was a “hatchet job” perpetrated by documentarian Marty DiBergi (Rob Reiner). It’s like having another whole Tap mockumentary to sit…