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
Reimagining a few old classics with the downbeat 1970s vibe… If Cary Grant had romanced Grace Kelly and really stolen her jewels and broken her heart, but escaped to live a tortured life – it would have been a 1970s version of To Catch a Thief. If Humphrey Bogart had been shot and killed while … More Film Romance in the 1970s
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?
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
The Westerns of the early 1970s were quite different and turned the genre upside down. McCabe & Mrs. Miller, Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid, A Man Called Horse, High Plains Drifter, The Beguiled, The Missouri Breaks and Little Big Man showed how the West was changing. In the late 1960s, films became more violent … More Jeremiah Johnson (1972)
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
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
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)
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
All the President’s Men (1976) It’s a political film. It’s a newspaper film. It’s a mystery film. It’s a gripping drama, even though everyone knew how the story ends. Great films don’t have to be in your face, obvious, or beat you over the head. Great films start with a story that begs to be … More All the President’s Men
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