George Segal passed away this year. A working actor right up to the end, Segal had a relatively brief tenure as a leading man, but managed to find featured roles long after many leading men faded from memory. I wrote this blog about Segal and Elliott Gould, two actors who did not seem to take … More Remembering George Segal
If you aren’t a fan of director Robert Altman or actor Elliott Gould, you might want to skip this review. If you are a fan of noir writer Raymond Chandler, you also might want to skip this. Altman turns Chandler’s character Phillip Marlowe inside out. Altman, particularly after MASH, played by his own rules as … More The Long Goodbye (1973)
I heard about this film when it first came out, but I didn’t see it. A few years later I saw it on cable and wondered why I hadn’t seen it before. Who’d have thought that Art Carney would be a leading man in his late 50’s, but he was. In 1974, he starred in … More The Late Show (1977)
Another installment in the Film Directors series. Sam Peckinpah and Robert Altman cut their directing teeth in television after serving in World War II. Besides being directors, they were writers, who understood injecting subtext into their film projects. Both flirted with film directing before making the jump full-time to features, the industry was not quite … More Peckinpah & Altman: Mavericks
The 1970’s was not Paul Newman’s greatest screen decade but it represented his widest variety of work. From a box office perspective, he had two huge hit films, several successful ones and a series of misses. Critically, his films were all over the map. In the 1970’s, Paul Newman did not play it safe. His … More Paul Newman: A Decade of Taking Chances
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