NEVER LET HER OUT OF YOUR SIGHT. NEVER LET YOUR GUARD DOWN. NEVER FALL IN LOVE. Former Secret Service agent Frank Farmer (Kevin Costner) is hired to serve as bodyguard to a popular singer (Whitney Houston), who initially is more annoyed with his presence than anything else… For Houston’s feature film debut, they took a … Continue reading The Bodyguard
Compiling a list of what you believe are the greatest films ever made is a daunting task. Every critic and movie buff has a more or less available list hidden somewhere in their minds (or plainly written down, carefully cultivated). I have resisted to do the latter for many years, even though my list really … Continue reading My 12 Favorite Films
A DIFFERENT KIND OF HOLLYWOOD LOVE STORY. Opening six months before the deaths of Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, who passed away one day apart, this documentary examines a close mother-daughter relationship in the twilight of their years after a lifetime of turmoil, including divorces, health issues, addiction and hostility. This being Hollywood, everything played … Continue reading Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds
What Steven Soderbergh announced as his “final” film (ha!) is a straightforward HBO biopic detailing the love affair between flamboyant Vegas entertainer Liberace and the decades-younger lover he took in the late 1970s. Seen from Scott Thorson’s perspective, it was a relationship begun with open eyes but turned into a bizarre rollercoaster of kitsch, drugs, … Continue reading Behind the Candelabra
SINGIN’ SWINGIN’ GLORIOUS FEELIN’ TECHNICOLOR MUSICAL! I’m a little bothered by the fact that some of the movies we consider to be absolute masterpieces were actually received with much less fanfare by both critics and audiences at the time of their premiere. When Singin’ in the Rain opened in 1952, few people thought of it as a … Continue reading Singin’ in the Rain: Wet and Wild
In the late 1860s, a baby girl is adopted by an Irish immigrant and sixteen years later marries a miner in Colorado; they strike gold, and try to adapt to high society in Denver. This musical about the life of one feisty, ambitious and lucky woman (she survived the Titanic disaster) is very colorful and … Continue reading The Unsinkable Molly Brown
BOY! DO WE NEED IT NOW! A popular compilation of memorable clips from nearly one hundred MGM musicals, which serves the purpose of celebrating the studio’s 50th anniversary. No other studio in Hollywood managed to make musicals this good, which means this is a peek at the very best Tinseltown has to offer in the … Continue reading That’s Entertainment!
STILL THROWING TANTRUMS, STILL STEALING HEADLINES, STILL MAKING PRODUCERS CRY! Three movie stars the world has all but forgotten are talked into appearing in a reunion show, but they can’t stop fighting each other. Shirley MacLaine, 67, Debbie Reynolds, 69, Joan Collins, 68, and Elizabeth Taylor, 69, must have seen an opportunity to have a … Continue reading These Old Broads