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My 12 Favorite Horror Movies

Halloween is coming, and the dead shall rise from their graves. At least on a TV screen near you. We are awash in lists of the greatest horror movies ever made, and everybody’s trying to come up with a twist of their own. Well, I decided to just list my 12 favorites, a bunch of … Continue reading My 12 Favorite Horror Movies

Last Picture Show: Small-Town Decay

ANARENE, TEXAS, 1951. NOTHING MUCH HAS CHANGED… The most famous film Peter Bogdanovich ever made didn’t come from a complete beginner. In the 1960s, he had worked as a film programmer for the Museum of Modern Art in New York City and critic for Esquire. After deciding to become a director, he went to work … Continue reading Last Picture Show: Small-Town Decay

Interstellar: Escape From Earth

MANKIND WAS BORN ON EARTH. IT WAS NEVER MEANT TO DIE HERE.  The day I saw this movie, I woke up feeling sad over what is a very common dream for me. It had taken me back to my teenage years, or childhood (time is not all that important in these dreams) and I was … Continue reading Interstellar: Escape From Earth


A LIFE MISUNDERESTIMATED. There are moments here where George W. Bush comes across as a bumbling fool… but this is also in many ways a gentle portrait of a simple man who unbelievably became leader of the free world. The movie jumps back and forth between the President’s preparations for going to war with Iraq … Continue reading W.

Alex in Wonderland

Director Alex Morrison (Donald Sutherland) has made his first movie and stands on the verge of stardom… but has no idea what to do next. The Paul Mazursky-Larry Tucker duo followed up on their hit Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969) with a film that possibly reflected their own doubts regarding the future of their careers. … Continue reading Alex in Wonderland

The Exorcist: Touched By a Demon

SOMETHING BEYOND COMPREHENSION IS HAPPENING TO A LITTLE GIRL, ON THIS STREET, IN THIS HOUSE. A MAN HAS BEEN CALLED FOR AS A LAST RESORT TO TRY AND SAVE HER. THAT MAN IS THE EXORCIST. Today it’s difficult to understand the impact The Exorcist had on people upon its release in 1973. The film followed in the … Continue reading The Exorcist: Touched By a Demon

Playing by Heart

IF ROMANCE IS A MYSTERY, THERE’S ONLY ONE WAY TO FIGURE IT OUT. Introducing a reasonably impressive and large cast in a story about six individuals in Los Angeles, you kind of get the feeling that director Willard Carroll has a thing for Robert Altman. A lot of talking is required. But that doesn’t automatically … Continue reading Playing by Heart

Mrs. Harris

SHE LOVED HIM, SO SHE SHOT HIM. A slightly bizarre TV version of the famous case where a teacher with kids married an affluent doctor and subsequently shot him to death when their marriage soured. A previous TV movie, The People vs. Jean Harris from 1981 (that starred Ellen Burstyn), focused a lot on the … Continue reading Mrs. Harris

Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood

MOTHERS. DAUGHTERS. THE NEVER-ENDING STORY OF GOOD VS. EVIL. When a serious rift occurs in the relationship between Vivianne (Ellen Burstyn) and her daughter (Sandra Bullock), a group of old friends gather to help heal the wounds. Writer Callie Khouri’s directing debut brings several well-known actors together and they carry the story through its most … Continue reading Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood

Red Dragon

BEFORE THE SILENCE, THERE WAS THE DRAGON. Shortly after exposing psychiatrist Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) as a serial killer, FBI agent Will Graham (Edward Norton) must confront him again in order to catch another horrible murderer. You may ask yourself what point there is in remaking Manhunter (1986), but this well-told, exciting prequel to The Silence of the Lambs (1991) takes advantage … Continue reading Red Dragon