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

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)

Licorice Pizza (2021)

The trailer looked so clever and hip. The actual film – not so much. The trailer may have literally consisted of the best bits. Critics loved it (93% Rotten Tomatoes), audiences less so (63%), but still a lot of positive reaction. The film is chocked full of cameos and inside Hollywood jokes. The Jon Peters … More Licorice Pizza (2021)

Female Stand-Up Comics (Back When It Was A Male Profession)

A funny thing happened. Not funny, ha-ha, funny as in ironic. I’ve been watching The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel on Prime, about a divorced female stand-up comedian in the late 1950s-early 1960s, and just stumbled onto a book called In On the Joke: The Original Queens of Stand-Up Comedy. The karmameter siren sounded, dive into this … More Female Stand-Up Comics (Back When It Was A Male Profession)