Quiz Show – A Scandal From A Bygone Era When Americans Believed Everything They Were Told

Quiz Show is in a different category from the other films I’ve written about here, for two reasons: first, rather than being just a good film of which I’m very fond, I consider this a genuinely great film that ranks among my favorites of all-time (it was big mistake that I didn’t include it asContinue reading “Quiz Show – A Scandal From A Bygone Era When Americans Believed Everything They Were Told”

A Soldier’s Story – From Among Many 1984 Classics, This One Rises To The Top

In 1984 the movie landscape was rich with Oscar hopefuls and “prestige” films. That year’s Best Picture winner was the beloved classic Amadeus while other nominees included renowned films like A Passage to India, Places in the Heart and The Killing Fields. It was also the year of The Natural, Broadway Danny Rose and TheContinue reading “A Soldier’s Story – From Among Many 1984 Classics, This One Rises To The Top”

In A Lonely Place – A Bogart Treasure Hidden Among So Many Others

I’ve long loved the films of Humphrey Bogart. His breakout role in The Petrified Forest. Some of his lesser appreciated films like Sabrina, The Barefoot Contessa, The Harder They Fall and Beat The Devil. The middling classics like The Caine Mutiny, Angels With Dirty Faces, To Have and Have Not and Key Largo. And ofContinue reading “In A Lonely Place – A Bogart Treasure Hidden Among So Many Others”

Murder By Decree – The Great Christopher Plummer Shines As The Great Detective

Like most cinema buffs, I was saddened by the recent passing of the great Christopher Plummer.  Mr. Plummer was an extraordinary actor with a long and varied career. While most identified with the classic musical The Sound of Music (one of my childhood favorites), he demonstrated considerable range as everything from a Klingon to MikeContinue reading “Murder By Decree – The Great Christopher Plummer Shines As The Great Detective”

Big Night – Louis Prima, Garlic and The Last Supper

Big Night is deceptively ambitious. The film’s trailer would have you believe that it is a quirky rags-to-riches comedy. A film about two brothers dealing with the madcap ins and outs of running a restaurant. The film promises romance and outbursts of joy and laughter. And because this is a film that mostly takes placeContinue reading “Big Night – Louis Prima, Garlic and The Last Supper”

She’s Having A Baby – John Hughes Grows Up?

I had just graduated High School when I saw She’s Having A Baby for the first time. I went to see it because, I mean, this was Kevin Bacon – the guy who was in Footloose. And it was written and directed by John Hughes. C’mon! The guy who gave us so many great filmsContinue reading “She’s Having A Baby – John Hughes Grows Up?”

All Of Me – Steve Martin Throws His Whole Self Into A Truly Physical Comedy

I’ve had a love of comedy my entire life, and have spent much of that time writing and performing it. Yet when it comes to movies I’m frequently accused of hating comedies, simply because I don’t find most of the mainstream comedies of today all that funny. And I easily get bored with those whichContinue reading “All Of Me – Steve Martin Throws His Whole Self Into A Truly Physical Comedy”

The Red Balloon – Short Film, Big Ideas

This past holiday season I had the opportunity to watch and play with Evan, my almost two-year old godson. First, we played with a simple alphabet puzzle. The lettered pieces were of a variety of colors. When he completed his puzzle, he’d either smile with satisfaction or applaud his own conquering, always with a precociousContinue reading “The Red Balloon – Short Film, Big Ideas”

The Age Of Innocence – In Praise Of Martin Scorsese’s Most Violent Film

The year was 1993 and Martin Scorsese had just directed Cape Fear which was the follow-up to one of his most acclaimed films, Goodfellas. He was also about to direct another well-received film, Casino. But in 1993 he had set his sights on adapting an Edith Wharton novel (a romance!) into a feature film, TheContinue reading “The Age Of Innocence – In Praise Of Martin Scorsese’s Most Violent Film”

The Frisco Kid – Harrison Ford Takes A Detour From Space Into The Old West

When I was a kid, I didn’t understand why my Dad would happily watch absolutely anything that had John Wayne in it. This was a guy who sometimes seemed dead set against ever admitting he enjoyed anything, and complained about every movie or TV show the rest of us watched. But if it had theContinue reading “The Frisco Kid – Harrison Ford Takes A Detour From Space Into The Old West”