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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

Lethal Weapon 4

THE GANG’S ALL HERE. After coming across Chinese slave laborers, Riggs and Murtaugh (Mel Gibson, Danny Glover) go up against a ruthless immigrant smuggling ring. Our heroes are growing older, but not much changes anyway. Number four is chock-full of action, almost to the point of exhaustion, but all the sub-plots is what really slows … Continue reading Lethal Weapon 4

Raging Bull: Fists of Fury

Martin Scorsese doesn’t really care about sports movies. The idea of making a film about Jake LaMotta would probably never have hit him were it not for Robert De Niro. The actor first read La Motta’s autobiography in 1974 and became fascinated, but when he showed it to Scorsese the director was far from impressed. … Continue reading Raging Bull: Fists of Fury

Once Upon a Time in America: On the Way to Ruin

AS BOYS, THEY SAID THEY WOULD DIE FOR EACH OTHER. AS MEN, THEY DID.  Legendary director Sergio Leone’s final film is his most ambitious epic, routinely thought of as one of those great gangster movies. When I saw it the other night for the first time in many years I realized that all the mobster … Continue reading Once Upon a Time in America: On the Way to Ruin

The Good Shepherd

THE TRUE STORY OF THE BIRTH OF THE CIA THROUGH THE EYES OF A MAN WHO NEVER EXISTED. Robert De Niro should direct more films; this story about the rise of the CIA after WWII, a pet project of his for quite some time, has the ring of truth. No real-life people are portrayed here … Continue reading The Good Shepherd

Casino

LUCK HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE GAMES THEY PLAY. “Ace” Rothstein (Robert De Niro) tries to run his Las Vegas casino as effectively as possible, but his doomed marriage to a hustler (Sharon Stone) and his friendship with a Chicago mobster (Joe Pesci) threaten to end everything. Director Martin Scorsese and writer Nicholas Pileggi reunited … Continue reading Casino

JFK: Watch Responsibly

HE’S A DISTRICT ATTORNEY. HE WILL RISK HIS LIFE, THE LIVES OF HIS FAMILY, EVERYTHING HE HOLDS DEAR FOR THE ONE THING HE HOLDS SACRED… THE TRUTH. Roger Ebert ran into Walter Cronkite some time after the premiere of Oliver Stone’s JFK and received a “tongue-lashing” for having praised the film. In Cronkite’s view, it was full … Continue reading JFK: Watch Responsibly

GoodFellas: Married to the Mob

IN A WORLD THAT POWERED BY VIOLENCE, ON THE STREETS WHERE THE VIOLENT HAVE POWER, A NEW GENERATION CARRIES ON AN OLD TRADITION. Making GoodFellas a horribly realistic film took its toll. Joe Pesci had qualms about playing such an evil character as Tommy DeVito and Lorraine Bracco thought of her character as an abused woman in … Continue reading GoodFellas: Married to the Mob

Home Alone: Christmas With a Kick

A FAMILY COMEDY WITHOUT THE FAMILY. I love everything about Christmas. Most people would pick It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) as their favorite Yuletide-themed film, and it certainly is a wonderful classic. However, most Christmas Eves my brother and I have ended up watching another kind of blockbuster. Not because it’s the best Christmas movie ever made … Continue reading Home Alone: Christmas With a Kick

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

HE’S UP PAST HIS BEDTIME IN THE CITY THAT NEVER SLEEPS. Kevin’s (Macaulay Culkin) family is ready for another vacation, but this time he gets lost in New York and runs into some familiar burglars… If I were a member of this family I’d think we were stuck in Groundhog Day; this is virtually a remake of … Continue reading Home Alone 2: Lost in New York