40 YEARS IN THE MAKING. HIS FINAL FILM. Everybody in the film business has an opinion on Netflix. Theater owners are particularly upset about major awards going to Netflix movies that are being shown just a few weeks in theaters and then immediately being available for streaming. Others in Hollywood thank Netflix for giving them … Continue reading Other Side of the Wind: Welles’s White Whale
ONE MOMENT WITH HER… AND HE GAMBLED HIS LUCK… LOVE… AND HIS LIFE! In the 1920s, Ernest Hemingway spent some time in Chicago. This was the time and place when the boxer Andre Anderson met his destiny. He was shot to death by the Chicago mob in 1926, likely for refusing bribes. Hemingway was reportedly … Continue reading The Killers: Chasing the Swede
A PICTURE AS EXCITINGLY DIFFERENT AS ITS TITLE! Accountant Frank Bigelow (Edmond O’Brien) goes to San Francisco on vacation and ends up in the company of partying salesmen… which leads to him being poisoned by someone. A classic noir thriller that relies on an ingeniously exciting idea – a man tries to find out who … Continue reading D.O.A.
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
THIS IS THE THE DAY THAT CHANGED THE WORLD… WHEN HISTORY HELD ITS BREATH. As Sean Connery was preparing to play a small role in this World War II blockbuster, he was also planning a trip to Jamaica for the first James Bond thriller, Dr. No. Also appearing in The Longest Day were two German … Continue reading The Longest Day: Turning a War Around
Since the United States of America has always been a democracy, it may be easy to forget that not all parts of the country have been free, and I’m not even talking about slavery. As new territories on the North American continent were seized by U.S. authorities, law and order were not always prioritized in … Continue reading The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance: How the West Found Law