The epic follow-up to the miniseries The Winds of War (1983) was made on a daunting scale, and unsurprisingly ended up killing the 1980s trend of huge, costly miniseries because of disappointing ratings. Watching War and Remembrance now is an almost curious experience; made on a budget exceeding $100 million, you can virtually see where … Continue reading War and Remembrance: The Last of the Elephants
THEY’RE NOT JUST GETTING RICH… THEY’RE GETTING EVEN. Two wealthy brothers (Ralph Bellamy, Don Ameche) make a wager where they scheme to have two men (one rich, one poor) switch places in life – what will be the outcome? An old formula for this comedy, but in the hands of John Landis it still feels … Continue reading Trading Places
THIS SUMMER, PRINCE AKEEM DISCOVERS AMERICA. Pampered African prince Akeem (Eddie Murphy) has just turned 21 and wants more independence, taking his best friend (Arsenio Hall) on a trip to New York City where they pose as poor foreign students. Not a sequel to Trading Places (1983) but a comedy in the same vein, complete … Continue reading Coming to America
PRAY FOR ROSEMARY’S BABY. After making Repulsion, Cul-De-Sac and The Fearless Vampire Killers in England, three very good films that differed a lot in style but all had elements of horror in common, Roman Polanski married Sharon Tate whom he had met on the set of the last film and moved to the United States. … Continue reading Rosemary’s Baby: Something Wicked This Way Comes
THE YEAR’S WILDEST, WITTIEST WHIRLWIND OF A LOVE BATTLE… OUTRAGEOUSLY RACY… SPARKLING… GAY! In the 1930s and ’40s, Howard Hawks was all over the place as he did his part in shaping the history of Hollywood. Scarface (1932) was a landmark motion picture in the gangster genre; later, The Big Sleep (1946) and Red River … Continue reading His Girl Friday: Talk Fast or Die
IT’S AN ALMIGHTY LAUGH! God is tired of how people ignore His message and appears as an old man (George Burns) to an assistant supermarket manager (John Denver) who becomes a modern Moses. A hit movie written, directed by and starring men who’ve all had great comedy careers – but this is, for better and … Continue reading Oh, God!
It’s a sad fact that more often than not when you revisit a movie or TV show that you absolutely loved as a kid, you end up thinking “how could I ever have liked this?”. I’m pleased to say that going back to The Winds of War doesn’t evoke feelings of disappointment. A huge hit in the … Continue reading Winds of War: A Family of Tumbleweeds