In 1975, Doris Day went on The Mike Douglas Show to promote her new book, the best-selling “Her Own Story”. She’s a little annoyed about being called the girl next door (obviously, not the first time she’s heard it) and questions what exactly that means. There was a sweetness to Day, which was a huge reason … Continue reading Doris Day, 1922–2019
IT’S AN ALMIGHTY LAUGH! God is tired of how people ignore His message and appears as an old man (George Burns) to an assistant supermarket manager (John Denver) who becomes a modern Moses. A hit movie written, directed by and starring men who’ve all had great comedy careers – but this is, for better and … Continue reading Oh, God!
WHAT ARE THE ODDS OF GETTING EVEN? 13 TO ONE. When Reuben (Elliott Gould) suffers a heart attack after being conned by a billionaire (Al Pacino), Danny Ocean (George Clooney) and his gang exact revenge. The third film is a slight improvement on the second, but here’s a funny thing that often happens when you’re … Continue reading Ocean’s Thirteen
SOMETIMES YOUR LIFE COMES INTO FOCUS ONE FRAME AT A TIME. Washed-up Hollywood screenwriter Peter Appleton (Jim Carrey) leaves town, ends up in a car accident and is washed ashore in a small California hamlet where he’s mistaken for a young man who was thought to have died in WWII. A typical Frank Darabont picture; … Continue reading The Majestic
TWELVE IS THE NEW ELEVEN. Director Steven Soderbergh and his buddies on another vacation; the excuse is a story where Danny Ocean (George Clooney) and his fellow criminals are confronted by their nemesis (Andy Garcia) and then find themselves in Amsterdam performing another heist. By the time Julia Roberts’s character is goaded into assuming the … Continue reading Ocean’s Twelve
ARE YOU IN OR OUT? Director Steven Soderbergh and his buddies obviously felt that the best way to spend a vacation would be remaking an old “Rat Pack” movie. This version, an improvement on the original, still carries the burden of a pretty tedious screenplay, but at least the filmmakers do their best to offset … Continue reading Ocean’s Eleven
TORN BETWEEN HIS WIFE, A SEDUCTRESS AND A PET SKUNK… PRIVATE EYE IN DANGER OF SPREADING HIMSELF TOO THIN! Private eye Ned Ravine (Armand Assante), who also happens to be a cop and a defense attorney, is attracted to saucy blonde Lola Cain (Sean Young); his wife (Kate Nelligan) eventually starts plotting against him. The … Continue reading Fatal Instinct