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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

My 12 Favorite Films

Compiling a list of what you believe are the greatest films ever made is a daunting task. Every critic and movie buff has a more or less available list hidden somewhere in their minds (or plainly written down, carefully cultivated). I have resisted to do the latter for many years, even though my list really … Continue reading My 12 Favorite Films

The Russia House

A SPY STORY… A LOVE STORY… A STORY TO CROSS ALL BOUNDARIES. After receiving a mysterious manuscript from a Soviet woman (Michelle Pfeiffer), British publisher ”Barley” Scott Blair (Sean Connery) is interrogated by MI6 and later sent as a spy to the Soviet Union to find a man called ”Dante”. A spy thriller with appealing … Continue reading The Russia House

Klute: Actually, It’s All About Bree

YOU’D NEVER TAKE HER FOR A CALL GIRL. YOU’D NEVER TAKE HIM FOR A COP. When Jane Fonda started preparing for the role of a self-assured and sexy prostitute in Klute (1971) she became convinced that she was simply not attractive enough and told the filmmakers to hire her friend Faye Dunaway instead. This idea … Continue reading Klute: Actually, It’s All About Bree

Chicago 10

SPEAK YOUR PEACE. This is undeniably an original way to tell the story of the Chicago Eight and their lawyers. Director Brett Morgen’s partially animated documentary portrays the chaos surrounding the 1968 Democratic convention in Chicago where police and protesters clashed violently in Grant Park, but it also dramatizes the subsequent trial against some of … Continue reading Chicago 10


THE YEAR WE MAKE CONTACT. In 2010, a joint Russian-American expedition goes to Jupiter to find out what happened to the crew aboard the Discovery. The sequel to 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) is actually completely superfluous. It doesn’t achieve anything that the original didn’t, but those in the audience who didn’t get it the first time might … Continue reading 2010

Jaws: A Whale of a Blockbuster

THE TERRIFYING MOTION PICTURE FROM THE TERRIFYING NO. 1 BEST SELLER.  In 1975, scientists knew a thing or two about sharks. The public, however, seemed to be largely ignorant. That must be the reason why so many believed in the horrific scenario that was presented in Steven Spielberg’s first masterpiece. After all, there had been … Continue reading Jaws: A Whale of a Blockbuster

The Punisher

THIS IS NOT REVENGE. IT’S PUNISHMENT! When a retired FBI agent’s (Thomas Jane) entire family is wiped out by a gangster’s (John Travolta) thugs, he turns himself into a one-man killing machine. Another version of the comic book; featuring better known stars and more explosive action than the 1989 movie, it nevertheless comes up just … Continue reading The Punisher

Marathon Man

A student (Dustin Hoffman) gets drawn into a web of intrigue involving his brother (Roy Scheider), a secret government agency, a stash of diamonds and a Nazi war criminal (Laurence Olivier). A hit in its day in spite of a flawed script, this thriller is still worth a look thanks to John Schlesinger’s taut direction, … Continue reading Marathon Man

French Connection: How It Was Broken

DOYLE IS BAD NEWS… BUT A GOOD COP! In 1971, director William Friedkin was not happy at all. The French Connection had the potential to become not only his breakthrough but also a great cop movie, but Friedkin was afraid that the cast would kill it. Gene Hackman had been chosen to play no-nonsense cop “Popeye” Doyle, … Continue reading French Connection: How It Was Broken