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My 12 Favorite Christmas Movies

We’re one week away from Christmas and everybody’s making lists of their favorite movies. As always, some are debating whether or not Die Hard belongs on the list. Don’t be silly, of course it does. What says Christmas more than “Now I have a machine gun, ho, ho ho”…? Here are my 12 favorites, a mix … Continue reading My 12 Favorite Christmas Movies

Fat Man and Little Boy

THE STORY OF THE EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE WHO CHANGED OUR WORLD.  In 1943, U.S. general Leslie R. Groves (Paul Newman) is putting together a top-secret team to build the first atomic bomb, led by the physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer (Dwight Schultz)… but the two men find themselves at odds. By focusing on the uneasy relationship between … Continue reading Fat Man and Little Boy

Presumed Innocent

ATTRACTION. DESIRE. DECEPTION. MURDER. NO ONE IS EVER COMPLETELY INNOCENT. When a prosecutor (Greta Scacchi) is found raped and murdered in her apartment, a colleague (Harrison Ford) takes charge of the investigation… even though he had an affair with her. Alan J. Pakula’s first thriller since the 1970s is reminiscent of those films, with an … Continue reading Presumed Innocent

They Shoot Horses, Don’t They: Dance Till You Drop

PEOPLE ARE THE ULTIMATE SPECTACLE. Director Sydney Pollack died a while ago, mourned by anyone who had ever seen Tootsie (1982), or Husbands and Wives (1992) where he put his acting talent on display. In a small tribute that I wrote to him on this website I quickly mentioned They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? (1969), … Continue reading They Shoot Horses, Don’t They: Dance Till You Drop

Anywhere But Here

A STORY OF A MOTHER WHO KNOWS BEST… AND A DAUGHTER WHO KNOWS BETTER.  Adele August (Susan Sarandon) forces her daughter (Natalie Portman) to move with her from Wisconsin to Beverly Hills, hoping to start over in the most glamorous part of the world. Director Wayne Wang stays true to the themes of his previous … Continue reading Anywhere But Here

Die Hard: Terror In a Highrise

40 STORIES OF SHEER ADVENTURE! Where would Bruce Willis be without this film? In 1988, he had spent several years charming viewers as a private eye on the hit series Moonlighting. He had won a Golden Globe and an Emmy for his performance, but didn’t really seem destined to become a big-time movie star. But then Die … Continue reading Die Hard: Terror In a Highrise

Die Hard 2: Die Harder

THEY SAY LIGHTNING NEVER STRIKES TWICE… THEY WERE WRONG. As John McClane (Bruce Willis) is waiting for his wife (Bonnie Bedelia) in Washington, terrorists take charge of Dulles International Airport and demand the release of a South American drug lord. Another Christmas, and once again McClane is denied the opportunity to celebrate it without bloodshed. We … Continue reading Die Hard 2: Die Harder