I am going to present you two stacks of DVDs (no Blu-ray disks mixed in). You are going on a trip and these are the only entertainment you will have. No TV, cable or internet. Which one would you choose? No trading between stacks. Stack 1 Roman Holiday (1953) – Reporter Gregory Peck and Princess … More DVDs: Which Stack?
A better actor. Name one. Okay, name one who has played a more diverse set of characters? For my money, Tommy Lee Jones is at the top of his profession. Starring role or character role, keep your eyes on him. Good guy, bad guy, comic book character, grieving father, space cowboy. Here are a dozen … More Tommy Lee Jones
Private detectives or private eyes, as they were stylishly called in Golden Age of Hollywood, have been screen heroes and anti-heroes since the early days. Sherlock Holmes, Sam Spade, Hercule Poirot, Philip Marlowe, Mike Hammer, Lew Harper, Nero Wolfe, V.I. Warshawski, Peter Gunn, Joe Mannix, Jim Rockford, Thomas Magnum – all fictional detectives for hire. … More Night Moves Revisited
Westerns started making a comeback in the 1990s. The Quick and the Dead is one of my favorite Westerns. It has a bit of everything. Ordinarily, I’m not a big Sharon Stone fan. Here, she’s tough and she’s vulnerable, often at the same time. In my opinion, it’s her best role, which allows her to … More The Quick and the Dead (1995)
Until recently, I had never seen this film. I knew about it but the downbeat subject matter never drew me to seeing it. It is a very powerful film. A story about a son who can’t connect with a parent. One of the parents dies and the bitter one remains. Nothing the child does is … More I Never Sang For My Father (1970)
Gene Hackman rarely has a misstep, well, this is not one of them. This is a terrific film, it’s dark and messy, and the ending is disappointing. It’s a 70s thing. Being a private detective in Los Angeles in the early 70s wasn’t easy, but it was scenic. Jim Rockford lived at the beach in … More Night Moves (1975)