Tag Archives: David Warner

Mary Poppins Returns

IN A PLACE WE HOLD DEAR, WHERE WONDER ONCE LIVED… BUT SOON FROM ABOVE, A NEW STORY BEGINS. 20 years after the events of the first film, a now grown up Michael (Ben Whishaw) and his three children risk losing their home; then, Mary Poppins (Emily Blunt) returns. 54 years after Mary Poppins came this … Continue reading Mary Poppins Returns

Titanic: A Wreck Comes Alive

NOTHING ON EARTH COULD COME BETWEEN THEM.  Twentieth Century Fox wasn’t sure about letting James Cameron make an epic movie about the 1912 sinking of Titanic – especially since the director wanted it to be a romance. In other words, there would be no box-office-friendly terminators or aliens on this voyage. Fox eventually agreed to … Continue reading Titanic: A Wreck Comes Alive

S.O.S. Titanic

When this TV production premiered, two decades had passed since Titanic (1953) and A Night to Remember (1958), two prominent films that chronicled the “unsinkable” ship’s demise in 1912. Director William Hale’s TV movie came on the heels of the 1970s disaster movie trend, but never resorts to the genre’s cheapest tricks. The cast is … Continue reading S.O.S. Titanic

Holocaust: Building the Will to Fight

One of the most famous and highly respected of the Holocaust survivors, Elie Wiesel, was not a fan of this classic NBC miniseries. In his view, it was “untrue, offensive and cheap”. I guess it had to be to anyone who actually went through those horrors. In light of subsequent films like Schindler’s List (1993), Holocaust now also seems a bit … Continue reading Holocaust: Building the Will to Fight

Straw Dogs: Animal Behavior

THE KNOCK AT THE DOOR MEANT THE BIRTH OF ONE MAN AND THE DEATH OF SEVEN OTHERS! Dustin Hoffman has claimed that he only agreed to make this movie for the money. He’s not a big fan of violent flicks, which makes his participation utterly ironic considering the uproar Straw Dogs caused. The violence in Sam Peckinpah’s … Continue reading Straw Dogs: Animal Behavior

Tom Jones: A Bawdy Adventure

THE WHOLE WORLD LOVES TOM JONES! The film that won director Tony Richardson an Oscar and launched the international career of Albert Finney had quite a challenging shoot. Finney once said that he was bored throughout it and that his character wasn’t serious enough; co-star Hugh Griffith was allegedly so drunk through much of the … Continue reading Tom Jones: A Bawdy Adventure

Scream 2

SOMEONE HAS TAKEN THEIR LOVE OF SEQUELS ONE STEP TOO FAR. At the same time as “Stab” (the movie version of the murders in Woodsboro) opens, a new killer with a “scream” mask torments the survivors and their friends. It only took a year for the Wes Craven-Kevin Williamson duo to crank out this sequel, but … Continue reading Scream 2

Cross of Iron

MEN ON THE FRONT LINES OF HELL. In 1943, German Captain Stransky (Maximilian Schell) arrives at the Russian front, hoping to pick up an Iron Cross; he faces Sergeant Rolf Steiner (James Coburn) who is there for anything but glory. Sam Peckinpah’s only war movie is grim, bloody – and somewhat unfocused. The study of … Continue reading Cross of Iron

The Omen: The Boy Who Would Be King

GOOD MORNING. YOU ARE ONE DAY CLOSER TO THE END OF THE WORLD! In 1973, The Exorcist had been a tremendous hit and came to spawn copies throughout the 1970s. The most successful of these diabolical films became The Omen, a thriller that would launch the career of director Richard Donner and give aging movie star Gregory Peck … Continue reading The Omen: The Boy Who Would Be King

Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

ON THE VERGE OF PEACE. ON THE BRINK OF WAR. What makes the sixth chapter one of the most enjoyable in the series is the improved, elaborate special effects as well as the screenplay whose story is quite like a mystery novel – the big question is how was it possible for the Enterprise to … Continue reading Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country