Richard Dreyfuss and Danny DeVito: 1980s Films

Richard Dreyfuss and Danny DeVito only made one film together, Tin Men. It came in 1987, during the decade when both men were hot. Their careers are quite different, although their careers are quite long, and both play equally well in drama and comedy. Dreyfuss had enjoyed two decades as a leading man before settling … More Richard Dreyfuss and Danny DeVito: 1980s Films

Barbara Hershey, plus a look at two Woody Allen Films

In the 1960s, Barbara Hershey was an ingénue actress on television and small parts in films. There was something about her, more than sending young boys into puberty. She co-starred in a television Western called The Monroes, about a family of kids trying to make it on the frontier without adult supervision, just a benevolent … More Barbara Hershey, plus a look at two Woody Allen Films

Ron Shelton: The Church of Baseball (book review)

Arguably, the best sports films were directed by Ron Shelton. He is to sports films what Oliver Stone is to conspiracy thrillers and Quentin Tarantino is to gritty psychological thrillers. Shelton directed other non-sports films, crossing over into the weirdness of Stone/Tarantino. And yet, Shelton says that baseball is only secondary to Bull Durham. “It’s … More Ron Shelton: The Church of Baseball (book review)

Will Ackerman: Guitar Picker, Windham Hill, New Age and More

If you like softer, sophisticated solo guitar songs, with occasional accompaniment, William Ackerman is your player. I first heard him 40 years ago and have followed him ever since. There was not really a musical category for this mellow, sophisticated sound. Eventually, it was called New Age, which grew to become not much of a … More Will Ackerman: Guitar Picker, Windham Hill, New Age and More

Tom Cruise: Maverick

Robert Redford uses the term “popcorn movie” to describe films intended principally as big, blockbuster entertainment. The term definitely describes Top Gun: Maverick and most of Cruise’s recent filmography. The original Top Gun made a superstar of Cruise. A two-hour MTV, Navy recruitment music video, equal parts adrenaline and jet fuel, and a precursor to … More Tom Cruise: Maverick

Nikki Sixx: Author

I’m not a big fan of glam, spandex-wearing, big hair bands of the 1980s-1990s. Van Halen and The Cure are about as close as I get to the hairspray and makeup genre. Mötley Crüe is not my thing, which makes it seem odd that I would pick up a book written by bassist Nikki Sixx … More Nikki Sixx: Author