Good Guy/Bad Guy

Some of the best stories are of a flawed protagonist who exhibits complexity of personality and reveals himself (or herself) to have a pivotal moment(s) where their character undergoes an unexpected action, yet they remain true to their basic moral fabric. What this is not: a fairytale moment of metamorphosis of The Grinch suddenly growing … More Good Guy/Bad Guy

DVDs: Which Stack?

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?

Comfort Movies

On a rainy day or when you’re not feeling yourself, curling up with a movie is good company. Is it Love Story or The Dirty Dozen? In Sleepless in Seattle, there is actually a scene about guy movies, as a response to An Affair to Remember, which is pivotal to the plot of Sleepless in … More Comfort Movies

Three Days of the Condor (1975)

Robert Redford, Faye Dunaway, Sidney Pollack. This film had everything going for it. International intrigue, attractive co-stars, rising director, jazzy score, great supporting cast. Following Watergate, there was distrust of government and spy agencies.  Adapted from a novel by James Grady, originally called Six Days of the Condor, some of the plots points are the … More Three Days of the Condor (1975)

Natalie Wood

After Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice in 1969, Natalie Wood only made a handful of films plus some television work.  In B&C&T&A, she looks radiant and confident, and her measured and nuanced performance received positive reviews.  As the 1970s began, barely into her 30s, she had spent most of her life before the … More Natalie Wood