We’re one week away from Christmas and everybody’s making lists of their favorite movies. As always, some are debating whether or not Die Hard belongs on the list. Don’t be silly, of course it does. What says Christmas more than “Now I have a machine gun, ho, ho ho”…? Here are my 12 favorites, a mix … Continue reading My 12 Favorite Christmas Movies
THEY CALLED HIM “FAST EDDIE”… HE WAS A WINNER… HE WAS A LOSER… HE WAS A HUSTLER. There was a time when Frank Sinatra wanted to turn Walter Tevis’s novel “The Hustler” into a movie. I can see why he was intrigued, especially since Sinatra played a heroin addict in The Man With the Golden … Continue reading The Hustler: Chained to a Table
EVERYTHING HAPPENS IN THE YELLOW ROLLS-ROYCE! Following the success of The V.I.P.s (1963), the Anthony Asquith-Terence Rattigan duo reunited for another stylish piece of fluff where wealthy people deal with love and betrayal. The movie is divided into three chapters, set in different decades, anchored by a yellow Rolls-Royce; the first introduces us to an … Continue reading The Yellow Rolls-Royce
When I mentioned on Facebook the other day that I had been watching Patton, a friend of mine at work said that he once tried to see the movie but decided to abandon the project after a scene where it was stated that the German tanks used in North Africa during World War II ran … Continue reading Patton: Worrisome Warrior
THE SCHOOL IS OUR HOME, WE THINK IT’S WORTH DEFENDING. Bunker Hill Military Academy is about to be closed; the young cadets refuse to accept that and occupy the school with military means. A bunch of well-armed kids defending their school like it’s the Alamo may not count as a very believable concept, especially since … Continue reading Taps
THE HOT-LINE SUSPENSE COMEDY. When Stanley Kubrick decided to turn Peter George’s Cold War novel “Red Alert” into a movie, he must have thought the material was too outrageous to be taken seriously. He started writing the script, but brought Terry Southern into the procedure to emphasize what might be funny about the doomsday … Continue reading Dr. Strangelove: Bombs Away!
POE’S CLASSIC CHILLER OF INHUMAN CRIME, SHRILL SUSPENSE, AND DAZZLING DETECTIVE WORK. Auguste Dupin (George C. Scott), a retired police detective, is talked into investigating a brutal double homicide that took place in a Paris apartment; he realizes that the killer’s identity may be something of a surprise… This is in fact the only faithful … Continue reading The Murders in the Rue Morgue
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