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?
For me, a Tim Burton film is either a homerun or a ground out. Lately, he’s in a slump. Dumbo was not a disaster, but far from a hit. Next up, Beetlejuice 2. Okay. Plow familiar ground. Unfortunately, when you produce a string of big hits, fans expect to clear the bases every at-bat. Burton … More Tim Burton
Who does not have an opinion of actor Brad Pitt? The old saying goes that women want to be with him and men want to like like him, or maybe some men want to be with him too. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. Pitt is now 57 years old, thankfully, most of us … More Brad Pitt: His Career Examined
I have always like Harry Dean, now I am reading an interesting biography about him. Harry Dean came from a poor, Kentucky family, who used the G.I. Bill to study acting after WWII. In many later roles, he portrayed humble, quiet, slightly mysterious mean that you did not screw with. He was that way in … More Harry Dean Stanton
Name an actor who never got his due: Bruce Dern. He got typecast playing villains and mentally damaged characters for much of his career. Early in his acting career, Dern made his way through many supporting television and film roles, often in Westerns. Wisecracking and folksy, but menacing, he brought a different game as a … More Bruce Dern
Twelve films. A few classics, some that are very good, and the rest that are fun to watch. I reached far back for a few of these. I will explain the film and why it makes my list. The Lady From Shanghai (1948) Orson Welles swung and missed, he failed to get a box … More A Dozen Forgotten Films
This was one of Jack Nicholson‘s iconic roles. Really. Many years and films later, not that many people remember Five Easy Pieces. A year after a supporting role in Easy Rider, Nicholson was starring in films, and would pick up his first Academy Award nomination for Best Actor in a leading role. Nicholson played many variations … More Five Easy Pieces (1970)
“Forget it, Jake. It’s Chinatown.” “Politicians, ugly buildings, and whores all get respectable if they last long enough.” “You’re a nosy fella, kitty cat, huh? You know what happens to nosy fellas? Huh? No? Wanna guess? Huh? No? Okay. They lose their noses.” The 1974 film as nominated for 11 Academy Awards, winning just for … More Chinatown