Tag Archives: David Warner

Titanic: A Wreck Comes Alive

NOTHING ON EARTH COULD COME BETWEEN THEM.  Twentieth Century Fox wasn’t sure about letting James Cameron make an epic movie about the 1912 sinking of Titanic – especially since the director wanted it to be a romance. In other words, there would be no box-office-friendly terminators or aliens on this voyage. Fox eventually agreed to … Continue reading Titanic: A Wreck Comes Alive

S.O.S. Titanic

When this TV production premiered, two decades had passed since Titanic (1953) and A Night to Remember (1958), two prominent films that chronicled the “unsinkable” ship’s demise in 1912. Director William Hale’s TV movie came on the heels of the 1970s disaster movie trend, but never resorts to the genre’s cheapest tricks. The cast is … Continue reading S.O.S. Titanic

Holocaust: Building the Will to Fight

One of the most famous and highly respected of the Holocaust survivors, Elie Wiesel, was not a fan of this classic NBC miniseries. In his view, it was “untrue, offensive and cheap”. I guess it had to be to anyone who actually went through those horrors. In light of subsequent films like Schindler’s List (1993), Holocaust now also seems a bit … Continue reading Holocaust: Building the Will to Fight

Tom Jones: A Bawdy Adventure

THE WHOLE WORLD LOVES TOM JONES! The film that won director Tony Richardson an Oscar and launched the career of Albert Finney had quite a challenging shoot. Finney once said that he was bored throughout it and that his character wasn’t serious enough; co-star Hugh Griffith was allegedly so drunk through much of the production … Continue reading Tom Jones: A Bawdy Adventure

Scream 2

SOMEONE HAS TAKEN THEIR LOVE OF SEQUELS ONE STEP TOO FAR. At the same time as “Stab” (the movie version of the murders in Woodsboro) opens, a new killer with a “scream” mask torments the survivors and their friends. It only took a year for the Wes Craven-Kevin Williamson duo to crank out this sequel, but … Continue reading Scream 2

The Omen: The Boy Who Would Be King

GOOD MORNING. YOU ARE ONE DAY CLOSER TO THE END OF THE WORLD! In 1973, The Exorcist had been a tremendous hit and came to spawn copies throughout the 1970s. The most successful of these diabolical films became The Omen, a thriller that would launch the career of director Richard Donner and give aging movie star Gregory Peck … Continue reading The Omen: The Boy Who Would Be King

Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

ON THE VERGE OF PEACE. ON THE BRINK OF WAR. What makes the sixth chapter one of the most enjoyable in the series is the improved, elaborate special effects as well as the screenplay whose story is quite like a mystery novel – the big question is how was it possible for the Enterprise to … Continue reading Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

ADVENTURE AND IMAGINATION WILL MEET AT THE FINAL FRONTIER.  A banished Vulcan sets up a phony hostage situation; his real objective is to hijack a ship like the Enterprise and take it to the final frontier. Scripts in the previous films came close to dealing with religion, but that theme is fully explored here. The message … Continue reading Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

A Christmas Carol

A NEW POWERFUL PRESENTATION OF THE MOST LOVED GHOST STORY OF ALL TIME! Charles Dickens’s ghost story would probably survive even the most slapdash filmization, but this TV movie is not one of those. It is a distinguished version where the filmmakers succeed in creating an atmosphere soaked in the emotions of Christmases past. The … Continue reading A Christmas Carol