Tag Archives: Shirley MacLaine

Elsa & Fred

IT’S NEVER TOO LATE. 80-year-old Fred Barcroft (Christopher Plummer) is moved against his will into an apartment in New Orleans; his neighbor is a slightly younger woman (Shirley MacLaine) with a completely different outlook on life… A remake of a 2005 Spanish-Argentine movie where opposites attract, but that doesn’t mean everything goes smoothly. The two … Continue reading Elsa & Fred

Being There: Chance at the White House

LIFE IS A STATE OF MIND. The character of Chance in this movie, the last great one from both Peter Sellers and Hal Ashby, has entered popular culture over the years. As reality-show celebrity and billionaire Donald Trump entered the 2016 presidential race in the U.S., some political commentators made comparisons with Chance. After all, … Continue reading Being There: Chance at the White House

Around the World in Eighty Days

SEE EVERYTHING IN THE WORLD WORTH SEEING! DO EVERYTHING IN THE WORLD WORTH DOING! In the late 1800s, London aristocrat Phileas Fogg (David Niven) makes a wager with fellow members at the Reform Club that he can travel around the world in as little as 80 days. One of the first epics to fill almost … Continue reading Around the World in Eighty Days

Some Came Running

EVERYONE KNEW DAVE WAS BACK IN TOWN… AND WOMAN-TROUBLE MUST BE CLOSE BEHIND! When Army veteran Dave Hirsh (Frank Sinatra) returns to his hometown after 16 years, he clashes with his estranged older brother (Arthur Kennedy) who has inherited a jewelry business from his father-in-law. Another adaptation of a James Jones novel for Sinatra who … Continue reading Some Came Running

The Celluloid Closet

The two directors, who made the AIDS documentary Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt (1989), reunited for another gay-themed film, one that was based on Vito Russo’s 1981 book on how homosexuals have been portrayed in Hollywood movies. Making this documentary was a long process, with Russo as an active participant right up to his … Continue reading The Celluloid Closet

The Apartment: Executive Privilege

MOVIE-WISE, THERE HAS NEVER BEEN ANYTHING LIKE “THE APARTMENT” –LAUGH-WISE, LOVE-WISE, OR OTHERWISE-WISE! When Billy Wilder saw Brief Encounter (1945), where Celia Johnson and Trevor Howard have their rendezvous in an apartment belonging to a friend of Howard’s character, the director started thinking about who that person might be. Not the ones who take part … Continue reading The Apartment: Executive Privilege


A STORY SO UNBELIEVABLE IT MUST BE TRUE. In Carthage, Texas, a local mortician (Jack Black) becomes a companion to a much older, wealthy and generally disliked woman (Shirley MacLaine); when she disappears, the town’s sympathies are not necessarily with her. Richard Linklater based his black comedy on a newspaper article (written by Skip Hollandsworth), … Continue reading Bernie

The Trouble With Harry

A DIFFERENT KIND OF KICK-THE-BUCKET COMEDY! In the woods near Highwater, Vermont, several locals try to deal with the appearance of a dead man, among them Captain Albert Wiles (Edmund Gwenn), who believes that he must have shot him, and a young artist (John Forsythe). One of Alfred Hitchcock’s personal favorites, this supremely enjoyable black … Continue reading The Trouble With Harry

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

STOP DREAMING. START LIVING. Life Magazine employee Walter Mitty (Ben Stiller) is a first-rate daydreamer, but unable to make his real life exciting… until the day he needs to save his job and find a lost negative. Neither this initially much-hyped project nor the original Danny Kaye film have much in common with James Thurber’s … Continue reading The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

The Evening Star

A STORY ABOUT FRIENDS, FAMILY AND OTHER NATURAL DISASTERS. In 1988, Aurora Greenway (Shirley MacLaine) has a strained relationship with her grandchildren and eventually agrees to see a therapist (Bill Paxton). The sequel to Terms of Endearment (1983) desperately tries to rekindle our feelings for that sentimental masterpiece, but never really comes close. MacLaine carries … Continue reading The Evening Star

Valentine’s Day

A LOVE STORY. MORE OR LESS. If Hallmark Valentine’s Day cards make you go “aww”, then this is a movie for you. Director Garry Marshall and his star-studded cast introduce us to a great number of stories about people and their romantic relationships on the supposedly most love-filled day of the year, most of them … Continue reading Valentine’s Day

The Yellow Rolls-Royce

EVERYTHING HAPPENS IN THE YELLOW ROLLS-ROYCE! Following the success of The V.I.P.s (1963), the Anthony Asquith-Terence Rattigan duo reunited for another stylish piece of fluff where wealthy people deal with love and betrayal. The movie is divided into three chapters, set in different decades, anchored by a yellow Rolls-Royce; the first introduces us to an … Continue reading The Yellow Rolls-Royce

Rumor has it…

BASED ON A TRUE RUMOR. Sarah Huttinger (Jennifer Aniston) finds out that her family inspired the novel that was turned into the classic film The Graduate (1967); she starts wondering who her real father is. A pleasant but empty romantic comedy with a message; love that looks like friendship is more valuable than sudden, passionate … Continue reading Rumor has it…