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”

Coming Next – The Frisco Kid from 1979 Starring Gene Wilder and Harrison Ford. This is the first article from our newest contributor Paul Gibbs.

You mean Harrison Ford appeared in a western after his rise to stardom in Star Wars and before his rise to mega-stardom in Raiders of the Lost Ark? He sure did! And Paul Gibbs will be here tomorrow with The Frisco Kid from 1979 as a suggestion for rediscovery. Meet our newest contributor at MovieContinue reading “Coming Next – The Frisco Kid from 1979 Starring Gene Wilder and Harrison Ford. This is the first article from our newest contributor Paul Gibbs.”

Houseguest – The Mediocrity Of Meh And Other Comedies

My fondest memories of movie watching were at the Cinemark Cinema 6 at the Bosque River Centre in Stephenville, TX. I will refer to this place often and with reverence. I will no longer refer to it in such impersonal terms as the Cinemark Cinema 6. From this point on, it shall be known as…Continue reading “Houseguest – The Mediocrity Of Meh And Other Comedies”