Tag Archives: Frank Finlay

My 12 Favorite Christmas Movies

We’re one week away from Christmas and everybody’s making lists of their favorite movies. As always, some are debating whether or not Die Hard belongs on the list. Don’t be silly, of course it does. What says Christmas more than “Now I have a machine gun, ho, ho ho”…? Here are my 12 favorites, a mix … Continue reading My 12 Favorite Christmas Movies

The Longest Day: Turning a War Around

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

The Pianist: The Art of Survival

MUSIC WAS HIS PASSION. SURVIVAL WAS HIS MASTERPIECE. There’s a scene in Roman Polanski’s film where a Jewish ghetto police officer pulls the main character out of a line waiting to climb aboard a train to a death camp. After being told that his life was just saved, the protagonist begins to run away, but … Continue reading The Pianist: The Art of Survival

Inspector Clouseau

Inspector Clouseau (Alan Arkin) arrives in Britain to assist Scotland Yard, but becomes the center of a crime wave seemingly perpetrated by several identical Clouseaus. When Blake Edwards, Peter Sellers and Henry Mancini were unavailable for a third Pink Panther movie, the studio unwisely decided to go ahead anyway. The result is tragic. Arkin is completely wrong as … Continue reading Inspector Clouseau

A Christmas Carol

A NEW POWERFUL PRESENTATION OF THE MOST LOVED GHOST STORY OF ALL TIME! Charles Dickens’s ghost story would probably survive even the most slapdash filmization, but this TV movie is not one of those. It is a distinguished version where the filmmakers succeed in creating an atmosphere soaked in the emotions of Christmases past. The … Continue reading A Christmas Carol