I was in college, of prime draft age, when M*A*S*H hit the theaters in 1970. That probably says a lot about what I found so appealing about that film when I first saw it.
One of my earliest cinematic memories is watching The Miracle Worker at school. In fact, we watched it for multiple years, to the disgust of my friends, while I found myself captivated by the determined insistence of Annie Sullivan to help Helen Keller learn to communicate. There was beauty there, back in the black and white narrative… [Read More]
If I thought I received some crazy looks when I admitted that I hadn’t watched Indiana Jones, I was in no way prepared for the outright shock from some when I said the words, “I’ve never seen The Goonies.” I guess as a child of the 80’s, it was merely assumed that I had viewed… [Read More]
In Junior Bonner, Steve McQueen finds himself playing an over-the-hill rodeo rider, between Bullitt and The Getaway in 1972. Working with violent Western director Sam Peckinpah, McQueen helps tell a story that is not filled with gun violence, but does tell of a dramatic change in the lives of its characters and the America of the twentieth century. Junior… [Read More]
Joe Roberts has tried to do right by his family, first working hard on a farm that was foreclosed on and then reluctantly picking up the badge of a small Nebraska town sheriff. Now, as his troubled brother Frank returns to town, Roberts is faced with choices about loyalty to family or adhering to the… [Read More]
Before Michael Keaton danced with the devil beneath the pale moonlight, before Tobey Maguire discovered great power, before Hulk smashed the puny god, Christopher Reeves and director Richard Donner paved the way for every superhero film that has come since.
Seventy years ago, The Miracle on 34th Street delivered a tale of Kris Kringle that put faith and belief on trial. Nominated for Best Picture, it won Oscars for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Edmund Gwenn (Kris Kringle), Best Writing, Original Story for Valentine Davies, and Best Writing, Screenplay. Considered historically significant in the… [Read More]
John Irvin may be better known for Hamburger Hill and Raw Deal, but in City of Industry, he moves several big-name actors through their paces circa 1997. In this tale of crime and revenge, the elder brother must go on the hunt for the getaway driver who gunned down his younger brother and their friend in a jewelry heist… [Read More]
To say last week was a rough one is an understatement. The grief over Las Vegas, the desperation coming out of Puerto Rico, and the overall tone of global conversations permeated the majority of my waking hours. I sat for days trying to find a way to bring something inspired out of Indiana Jones and… [Read More]
Up until 2008, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade was the final movie in the Indiana Jones saga. Some would ignore the existence of Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, but since I’m new to this series, I’m just going to roll with all of them. So this #tbt series isn’t done quite yet. Released in… [Read More]