Our four essentials this week starts with Oscars chalky coating. The Oscars are too big to be so blind to their own institutional shortcoming. Also, and perhaps by way of counterpoint, the international popularity of Ip Man. A Blu-ray version of a film Robert and Steve admire, Wim Wenders’ “The American Friend” * is out and we remember the second tier leading men and women who successfully backed up the main stars without stealing the films. Case in point,Fred MacMurray, who’s being showcased TCM this month.
*by the way, links are not endorsements