FIVE ORDINARY PEOPLE NEEDED A MIRACLE. THEN ONE NIGHT, FAYE RILEY LEFT THE WINDOW OPEN. Tenants in an old East Village apartment building are threatened by greedy property developers, but suddenly get help from a couple of small, living space ships. This cute sci-fi comedy was developed when Steven Spielberg had a hand in the … Continue reading *batteries not included
After being pushed back and defeated by the Allies in North Africa, Field Marshal Erwin Rommel (James Mason) returns to Germany, increasingly convinced that Hitler will ruin the country he loves. This biography on one of the few German military leaders who enjoyed international respect is unnecessarily framed by a narrating voice. Rommel’s story is … Continue reading The Desert Fox: The Story of Rommel
When people list the movies they feel did not deserve to win a Best Picture Oscar, this one often comes up. I agree. The other nominees of that year included My Left Foot, Field of Dreams, Born on the Fourth of July and Dead Poets Society. Each one of them achieved something greater than Driving … Continue reading Driving Miss Daisy: The Burden of an Oscar
Boston, 1875; Basil Ransome (Christopher Reeve), a Mississippi lawyer, is visiting his cousin (Vanessa Redgrave) who takes him to a meeting held by women’s-rights activists where he falls for the movement’s most promising speaker, Verena Tarrant (Madeleine Potter). A story ripe with conflict, as both Basil and Olive are in love with Verena and the … Continue reading The Bostonians
SUSPENSE AND SHOCK BEYOND ANYTHING YOU HAVE EVER SEEN OR IMAGINED! There are billions of birds all over the world. What if they all suddenly turned on us? Why, we wouldn’t stand a chance, as one of the characters in Alfred Hitchcock’s horror classic says. That’s a frightening thought, but my problem is that … Continue reading The Birds: What If They Turned On Us?