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My 12 Favorite Horror Movies

Halloween is coming, and the dead shall rise from their graves. At least on a TV screen near you. We are awash in lists of the greatest horror movies ever made, and everybody’s trying to come up with a twist of their own. Well, I decided to just list my 12 favorites, a bunch of … Continue reading My 12 Favorite Horror Movies

Highlights from 90 Years of Oscars

The first Academy Awards were handed out back in 1929. The “show” looked decidedly different then – it was in fact a dinner, the ceremony itself took 15 minutes and the awards had already been announced three weeks earlier. There were also far fewer categories. The first winner was Wings (1927), a film that is chiefly … Continue reading Highlights from 90 Years of Oscars

To Kill a Mockingbird: An Idyll With Shadows

THE RARE FILM STORY OF A FATHER WHO MUST EXPOSE HIS CHILDREN TO A SMALL TOWN’S OUTRAGED PASSIONS… AND CAN ONLY PROTECT THEM WITH HIS LOVE.  Often recognized as one of the great films of the 1960s, To Kill a Mockingbird was not a favorite of Roger Ebert’s. In his review from 2001, he writes … Continue reading To Kill a Mockingbird: An Idyll With Shadows

The Paradine Case

London barrister Anthony Keane (Gregory Peck) takes on the case of a mysterious woman (Alida Valli) who stands accused of having poisoned her older, blind husband. The last collaboration between Alfred Hitchcock and David O. Selznick is one of the director’s lesser films, which suffered from a troubled production. One often gets the feeling that … Continue reading The Paradine Case

Roman Holiday: Meet Audrey Hepburn

ROMANCE IN ROMANTIC ROME! In 1947, Hollywood screenwriter Dalton Trumbo refused to testify before the exceptionally un-American HUAC in Congress. As a result, he was blacklisted in Tinseltown. Still, for a guy who wasn’t allowed to work, he managed to win two Oscars in the 1950s, for Roman Holiday and The Brave One (1956). The … Continue reading Roman Holiday: Meet Audrey Hepburn

Gentleman’s Agreement: Walk in My Shoes

NOW! IT COMES TO THE SCREEN WITH NOTHING LEFT UNSAID AND NO EMOTION UNSTRESSED!   This film caused quite a stir on its arrival and ended up being awarded an Oscar for Best Picture, even though studio bosses initially thought making the movie was a bad idea. Some of them were Jewish and believed that … Continue reading Gentleman’s Agreement: Walk in My Shoes

Guns of Navarone: Mission Impossible

AN IMPREGNABLE FORTRESS… AN INVINCIBLE ARMY… AND THE UNSTOPPABLE COMMANDO TEAM. I loved this movie when I was a kid. I had good taste. Some of the cherished childhood memories one chooses to revisit turn out to be a disappointment, but not this film. It was part of a contemporary trend of expensive, colorful war … Continue reading Guns of Navarone: Mission Impossible

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