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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

Book Club

THE NEXT CHAPTER IS ALWAYS THE BEST. Four friends (Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, Mary Steenburgen) have had a book club for the past 30 years, but the latest literary choice, ”Fifty Shades of Grey”, turns their lives upside down. A romantic comedy for mature audiences in the vein of Nancy Meyers, complete with … Continue reading Book Club

Neil Simon, 1927–2018

The same day I wrote about John McCain, another giant passed away, but a very different one. Neil Simon, truly an icon of the theater, is dead at the age of 91. In the clip above, a Johnny Carson interview from 1980, Simon (in a tuxedo) talks about how he writes his plays, the struggle … Continue reading Neil Simon, 1927–2018

The Goodbye Girl: Another Odd Couple

HE’S MOVING IN… SHE’S MOVING OUT… IT’S LOVE AT FIRST FIGHT! On a recent episode of Billions, two of the characters were talking about qualifying for the Traveling Wilburys, the band consisting only of legends like Bob Dylan, Tom Petty and Roy Orbison. They agreed that in the world of acting, Jack Nicholson would be … Continue reading The Goodbye Girl: Another Odd Couple

My 12 Favorite Films

Compiling a list of what you believe are the greatest films ever made is a daunting task. Every critic and movie buff has a more or less available list hidden somewhere in their minds (or plainly written down, carefully cultivated). I have resisted to do the latter for many years, even though my list really … Continue reading My 12 Favorite Films

American Graffiti: One Last Night

WHERE WERE YOU IN ’62? Years ago, when I wrote my review for Falkenberg Farewell (2006), an internationally little-known Swedish film that did very well among Swedish critics but perhaps not anywhere else, I made plenty of references to my own life as a teenager in my hometown. But I failed to mention American Graffiti, … Continue reading American Graffiti: One Last Night

A Hollywood Hurricane

Today we learned that this trailer for Ridley Scott’s upcoming kidnapping drama All the Money in the World, which opens next month, is already a thing of the past. In the trailer we see Kevin Spacey as the billionaire J. Paul Getty, but after the revelations of the past few weeks about Spacey the unprecedented decision … Continue reading A Hollywood Hurricane

The U.S. Congress and the Movies

  The Saturday Night Live clip above shows President Barack Obama finally having that famed shot of Kentucky bourbon with the incoming Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell. The latter is unconvincingly played by Taran Killam, but the point is clear – get a high-ranking Democrat and Republican drunk together and they might just discover what they have … Continue reading The U.S. Congress and the Movies

Red

THERE’S NO SUBSTITUTE FOR EXPERIENCE.  Former CIA agent Frank Moses (Bruce Willis) is targeted by a team of killers, but escapes; he subsequently gathers old pros and goes after those responsible for the attack. This adaptation of a graphic novel may lack the kind of visual flair that most have, and it also has a … Continue reading Red

Close Encounters: E.T.’s First Visit

WE ARE NOT ALONE. In 1964, the 16-year-old Steven Spielberg directed a science fiction film called Firelight. Clocking in at an impressive 135 minutes, the movie was made for $500 and premiered at a local theater in Arizona. Spielberg charged one dollar per visitor and the movie made a profit of one dollar (there were 500 … Continue reading Close Encounters: E.T.’s First Visit