Tag Archives: Hume Cronyn

The Parallax View

THERE IS NO CONSPIRACY. JUST TWELVE PEOPLE DEAD.  After the assassination of a presidential candidate, witnesses who may have seen something not disclosed in the subsequent investigation die mysteriously one after one; investigative reporter Joseph Frady (Warren Beatty) looks into it. The second film in Alan J. Pakula’s paranoia trilogy (after Klute (1971), before All … Continue reading The Parallax View

Cleopatra

THE MOTION PICTURE THE WORLD HAS BEEN WAITING FOR! In 47 BC, Julius Caesar (Rex Harrison) helps Cleopatra (Elizabeth Taylor) become the ruler of Egypt, but he’s soon murdered in Rome; Cleopatra eventually begins a tempestuous alliance with another Roman, Mark Antony (Richard Burton). An epic that became famous for its bloated budget, Taylor’s elaborate … Continue reading Cleopatra

Postman Always Rings Twice: Dirty Love

THEIR LOVE WAS A FLAME THAT DESTROYED! I have vivid memories of the 1981 version of James M. Cain’s classic crime novel. As I was perhaps ten years old when the movie was first shown on TV, the one scene that stuck to my memory was obviously the one where Jack Nicholson and Jessica Lange … Continue reading Postman Always Rings Twice: Dirty Love

Ziegfeld Follies

FLASHING…. SMASHING SCREEN ENTERTAINMENT! DAZZLING IN ITS BEAUTY… PACKED WITH GLORIOUS MELODIES! The king of Broadway, “the glorifier of the American girl”, Florenz Ziegfeld (William Powell) is getting bored up in heaven and conjures one last, grand “Follies” show. Powell repeated his acclaimed performance from The Great Ziegfeld (1936) in a brief intro – the … Continue reading Ziegfeld Follies

Shadow of a Doubt: Dear Uncle Charlie

Not exactly one of Alfred Hitchcock’s most praised films, but should you ever feel like pretending to know more about the greatest director ever you could always name Shadow of a Doubt as a favorite film. David Mamet once called it Hitchcock’s finest and the director himself was particularly pleased with it. Perhaps not quite … Continue reading Shadow of a Doubt: Dear Uncle Charlie

The Pelican Brief

TWO SUPREME COURT JUSTICES HAVE BEEN ASSASSINATED. ONE LONE LAW STUDENT HAS STUMBLED UPON THE TRUTH. AN INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALIST WANTS HER STORY. EVERYBODY ELSE WANTS HER DEAD. Law student Darby Shaw (Julia Roberts) writes a brief on the murders of two Supreme Court justices and becomes the killers’ next target; investigative reporter Gray Grantham (Denzel Washington) … Continue reading The Pelican Brief