Tag Archives: Charlton Heston

The Greatest Show on Earth

THRILL TO CECIL B. DEMILLE’S PAGEANTRY AND EXCITEMENT! Often labeled one of the worst Best Picture Oscar winners ever, this look at all the drama behind the scenes of a big top circus still is a grand epic. The main focus lies on the rivalry between two trapeze artists, one of whom is romantically involved … Continue reading The Greatest Show on Earth

Planet of the Apes: Man is a Beast

SOMEWHERE IN THE UNIVERSE THERE MUST BE SOMETHING BETTER THAN MAN. IN A MATTER OF TIME, AN ASTRONAUT WILL WING THROUGH THE CENTURIES AND FIND THE ANSWER. HE MAY FIND THE MOST TERRIFYING ONE OF ALL ON THE PLANET WHERE APES ARE THE RULERS AND MAN THE BEAST. The basic concept of this wildly successful … Continue reading Planet of the Apes: Man is a Beast

10 Hollywood Icons and Their Political Awakening

A few days ago, I finished Steven J. Ross’s book “Hollywood Left and Right: How Movie Stars Shaped American Politics”, where the writer has profiled the political careers of ten liberal and conservative Hollywood figures. He chose his subjects well, because they differ a lot from each other. Some of them were movement politicians, meaning they … Continue reading 10 Hollywood Icons and Their Political Awakening

True Lies

WHEN HE SAID I DO, HE NEVER SAID WHAT HE DID. Helen Tasker (Jamie Lee Curtis) has no idea that her boring husband (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is actually a top-secret government agent… until the day when she’s accidentally drawn into his adventures. The French action-comedy La Totale! (1991) served as inspiration for this overblown blockbuster that … Continue reading True Lies

Touch of Evil: Terror on the Border

THE STRANGEST VENGEANCE EVER PLANNED! In the late 1950s, Orson Welles was back in Hollywood after making a few films in Europe. At that time, nobody paid much attention to him as a filmmaker anymore. He decided to direct Touch of Evil, a loose adaptation of a thriller novel, either because Charlton Heston refused to … Continue reading Touch of Evil: Terror on the Border

Town & Country

THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS A SMALL AFFAIR. Two affluent New York City couples see their long-time marriages challenged by infidelity and new realizations. One of those regrettable projects that took years to complete and saw its budget balloon, only to end up as one of history’s worst box-office disasters. Starts out like a potential … Continue reading Town & Country

Ben-Hur: The Gospel of Judah

THE WORLD’S MOST HONORED MOTION PICTURE. The kind of film that starts with a five-minute overture, Ben-Hur is about as classic a 1950s Hollywood blockbuster as they come. Burt Lancaster was allegedly offered the lead, but declined due to the fact that the movie promoted Christianity. Any atheist who ends up watching this film will share Lancaster’s … Continue reading Ben-Hur: The Gospel of Judah

Soylent Green

IT’S THE YEAR 2022… PEOPLE ARE STILL THE SAME. THEY’LL DO ANYTHING TO GET WHAT THEY NEED. AND THEY NEED SOYLENT GREEN. New York, 2022; cop Robert Thorn (Charlton Heston) investigates the murder of a wealthy businessman who was involved with the Soylent corporation, which manufactures a mysterious food called Soylent Green. This dystopia portrays … Continue reading Soylent Green

Hercules

THE MAN. THE MYTH. THE MOVIE.  Hades, god of the underworld, turns Hercules, son of the Greek god Zeus, into a human being; now Hercules must prove that he’s a hero in order to regain his divinity. Disney doesn’t mind Hollywoodizing every legend they can get their hands on; this liberal take on the old … Continue reading Hercules

Earthquake

WHEN THE BIG ONE FINALLY HITS L.A. A huge earthquake hits Los Angeles; Stewart Graff (Charlton Heston) and a cop (George Kennedy) try to save victims all over the city. In a year of decent-enough disaster films like The Towering Inferno there was also Earthquake. I don’t know what’s most hilarious about it. Could be … Continue reading Earthquake

Any Given Sunday

LIFE IS A CONTACT SPORT. PLAY. OR BE PLAYED.  As veteran football coach Tony D’Amato (Al Pacino) is struggling to maintain his grip on the team, his star player (Dennis Quaid) is injured. A really good sports movie knows how to make the most of the game, how to show the kind of commitment that … Continue reading Any Given Sunday