Tag Archives: E.G. Marshall

Absolute Power

CORRUPTS ABSOLUTELY.  During a burglary, veteran Luther Whitney (Clint Eastwood) becomes an accidental witness to the U.S. President (Gene Hackman) trying to seduce a younger woman, which ends in her death. One of the author’s most sensational thrillers becomes a fairly intriguing movie in Eastwood’s hands, primarily a chance for himself to deliver a charming … Continue reading Absolute Power

War and Remembrance: The Last of the Elephants

The epic follow-up to the miniseries The Winds of War (1983) was made on a daunting scale, and unsurprisingly ended up killing the 1980s trend of huge, costly miniseries because of disappointing ratings. Watching War and Remembrance now is an almost curious experience; made on a budget exceeding $100 million, you can virtually see where … Continue reading War and Remembrance: The Last of the Elephants

Tora! Tora! Tora!

THE INCREDIBLE ATTACK ON PEARL HARBOR. An ambitious epic aiming to do for the 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor what The Longest Day (1962) did for the D-Day landings at Normandy – cover the event thoroughly from both sides. Unlike The Longest Day though, the filmmakers chose lesser known stars in order not to … Continue reading Tora! Tora! Tora!

12 Angry Men: Choosing Life or Death

LIFE IS IN THEIR HANDS – DEATH IS ON THEIR MINDS! The most famous episode of the CBS anthology series Studio One (1947-1958) is from 1954 and features a teleplay by Reginald Rose. Depicting a process where one juror convinces eleven other men to change their guilty verdict, the episode was a hit and a decision … Continue reading 12 Angry Men: Choosing Life or Death

The Caine Mutiny: Cracking Under Pressure

AS BIG AS THE OCEAN! This classic film, which became one of the biggest box-office hits of 1954, opens with a statement declaring that there has never been a mutiny aboard a U.S. warship. Apparently, writer Herman Wouk found the subject intriguing enough to explore, but when the time came to turn his novel into … Continue reading The Caine Mutiny: Cracking Under Pressure

Interiors

As a well-to-do family in New York falls apart, its members get ample opportunities to vent their anxieties and feelings of insufficiency. In Love and Death (1975) Woody Allen made jokes about Ingmar Bergman movies. With this film, his first one hundred percent joke-free effort, he has essentially done something that could have come from Bergman. The relationships … Continue reading Interiors

The Chase

A BREATHLESS, EXPLOSIVE STORY OF TODAY! When “Bubber” Reeves (Robert Redford) escapes from prison, the people of his Texas home town are affected in different ways; some of them fear his return. The last movie Arthur Penn made before Bonnie and Clyde (1967) is an interesting drama that addresses Southern racism, the sexual revolution and … Continue reading The Chase

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

YULE CRACK UP!  As Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) waits for the all-important Christmas bonus, he starts planning for the best Christmas ever with his family. Of course, disaster looms in this third chapter of the series, which is one of Chase’s funniest movies and a modern Yuletide classic. The one ingredient that always works to perfection … Continue reading National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

Superman II

THE MAN OF STEEL MEETS HIS MATCH! As Superman (Christopher Reeve) and Lois Lane (Margot Kidder) continue their love story, three villains with the same powers as Superman’s threaten Earth. This sequel is close to the original, not only in story but style; most of the cast members also return. Director Richard Lester adds a … Continue reading Superman II