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Fred Dalton Thompson 1942–2015, Politician and Actor

In the clip above, former Tennessee Senator Fred Dalton Thompson is confronted by CNN’s Wolf Blitzer in an interview from 2007. Thompson is clearly struggling, not entirely comfortable attacking fellow Republicans or having to explain his religion. Thompson passed away two days ago, 73 years old. Born in Alabama, Fred Dalton Thompson grew up to … Continue reading Fred Dalton Thompson 1942–2015, Politician and Actor

Secretariat

THE IMPOSSIBLE TRUE STORY. In the late 1960s, Colorado housewife Penny Chenery Tweedy (Diane Lane) takes over her ailing father’s (Scott Glenn) thoroughbred racing operation in Virginia even though it’s a huge gamble. Another well-made Disney movie about a real-life success story from the world of sports (not unlike Miracle (2004)) that has good performances, … Continue reading Secretariat

Hunt for Red October: Run Silent, Run Deep

INVISIBLE. SILENT. STOLEN.   In 1988, Die Hard had been such a tremendous hit that a sequel was inevitable. The film’s director, John McTiernan, was obviously considered for it. In the end, he chose to do something else. Adapting Tom Clancy’s “The Hunt for Red October” may seem like a natural follow-up, and it certainly is a … Continue reading Hunt for Red October: Run Silent, Run Deep

No Way Out

IS IT A CRIME OF PASSION, OR AN ACT OF TREASON?   Navy officer Tom Farrell (Kevin Costner) is posted at the Pentagon where he starts having an affair with Susan Atwell (Sean Young)… who turns out to be the Secretary of Defense’s (Gene Hackman) mistress. This remake of The Big Clock (1948) ups the ante by moving … Continue reading No Way Out

In the Line of Fire: Fighting Kennedy’s Ghost

AN ASSASSIN ON THE LOOSE. A PRESIDENT IN DANGER. ONLY ONE MAN STANDS BETWEEN THEM. The original trailer for this film was an exercise in poor taste and preview audiences reacted harshly against it. It had the date “November 22, 1963” written in large letters, followed by John Malkovich’s character talking about killing the president. … Continue reading In the Line of Fire: Fighting Kennedy’s Ghost

Die Hard 2: Die Harder

THEY SAY LIGHTNING NEVER STRIKES TWICE… THEY WERE WRONG. As John McClane (Bruce Willis) is waiting for his wife (Bonnie Bedelia) in Washington, terrorists take charge of Dulles International Airport and demand the release of a South American drug lord. Another Christmas, and once again McClane is denied the opportunity to celebrate it without bloodshed. We … Continue reading Die Hard 2: Die Harder

Barbarians at the Gate

IN THE ’80S, WALL STREET HAD FUN AT YOUR EXPENSE. NOW IT’S TIME FOR YOU TO HAVE THE LAST LAUGH.   The wheeling and dealing at the Wall Street stock market in the late ‘80s was expertly depicted in this TV movie about F. Ross Johnson. The famed CEO’s leveraged-buyout scheme for RJR Nabisco, a company that … Continue reading Barbarians at the Gate