Tag Archives: Paul Newman

Cool Hand Luke: A Tough Egg to Crack

HE WAS A COOL CUSTOMER… UNTIL THE LAW MADE IT HOT FOR HIM! Donn Pearce, who turns 90 in September, has lived an adventurous life – and knows what it’s like to be incarcerated. During World War II, he served a few days in the stockade after going AWOL. After the war, he did some … Continue reading Cool Hand Luke: A Tough Egg to Crack

Cars 3

FROM THIS MOMENT, EVERYTHING WILL CHANGE.  When Lightning McQueen crashes during a race with a cocky, younger talent, he starts fearing retirement but tries to find his way back at a new racing center, and with a new, annoyingly enthusiastic trainer. The third film reconnects with the original in several ways. Beautifully designed in 3D, … Continue reading Cars 3

The Hustler: Chained to a Table

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

The Sting: Good-Hearted Grifters

… ALL IT TAKES IS A LITTLE CONFIDENCE. One of David S. Ward’s first scripts introduced us to the world of confidence men. Not that they hadn’t been seen on screen before The Sting, but Ward found a new angle. He based his story on two actual grifters called Fred and Charley Gondorf, brothers who … Continue reading The Sting: Good-Hearted Grifters

Fat Man and Little Boy

THE STORY OF THE EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE WHO CHANGED OUR WORLD.  In 1943, U.S. general Leslie R. Groves (Paul Newman) is putting together a top-secret team to build the first atomic bomb, led by the physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer (Dwight Schultz)… but the two men find themselves at odds. By focusing on the uneasy relationship between … Continue reading Fat Man and Little Boy

Road to Perdition: In Capone’s Shadow

PRAY FOR MICHAEL SULLIVAN.  There’s a deleted scene in this film where John Rooney (Paul Newman), a local Illinois mob boss, meets with the legendary Al Capone and his closest associate, Frank Nitti (Stanley Tucci). Capone is played by Anthony LaPaglia, a very capable actor. In the end, though, director Sam Mendes decided to leave … Continue reading Road to Perdition: In Capone’s Shadow

Chicago in the Movies

I was recently in Chicago for the first time and fell in love with the city. The beaches along Lake Michigan, the architecture and the restaurants had a part in that, obviously, but as a movie buff I kept looking for a few other things as well. I did find the Buckingham Fountain that is … Continue reading Chicago in the Movies

Butch Cassidy and Sundance Kid: Thick as Thieves

NOT THAT IT MATTERS, BUT MOST OF IT IS TRUE! In 1969, fledgling movie star Robert Redford bought land in Utah that had been used for skiing since 1944. There he created a year-round resort that he named Sundance, a place that would also become the home of the Sundance Film Festival, a January fixture … Continue reading Butch Cassidy and Sundance Kid: Thick as Thieves

The Towering Inferno

ONE TINY SPARK BECOMES A NIGHT OF BLAZING SUSPENSE. Architect Doug Roberts (Paul Newman) arrives at the opening party of a new 138-story building in San Francisco, but parts of it are poorly constructed and when a fire breaks out the party becomes a death trap. Along with The Poseidon Adventure (1972), this is the most cherished disaster … Continue reading The Towering Inferno

The Verdict: Taking a Chance on Frank Galvin

FRANK GALVIN HAS ONE LAST CHANCE TO DO SOMETHING RIGHT.  Paul Newman had six Oscar nominations behind him when he was once again nominated in 1983, this time for his performance as an ambulance-chasing lawyer in The Verdict. He didn’t win the Oscar this time either, but it is one of his finest efforts. He … Continue reading The Verdict: Taking a Chance on Frank Galvin

Cars

KEEP IT WHEEL. In a world where vehicles populate Earth, a beloved race car finds himself detoured in Radiator Springs, a small town along Route 66, where he learns a few life lessons. Director John Lasseter’s interest in cars resulted in one of Pixar’s least interesting films in the era of Finding Nemo and The Incredibles. It is simply … Continue reading Cars