Tim Burton

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

Harry Dean Stanton

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

Bruce Dern

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

Chinatown

“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