Tag Archives: Susannah York

Superman: The Rise of Reeve

YOU’LL BELIEVE A MAN CAN FLY. Some of the most amusing behind-the-scenes stories surrounding this now classic superhero movie concern Marlon Brando, who plays Superman’s dad Jor-El in the ten-minute long, impressively staged, opening sequence on Krypton. Apparently, Brando’s salary for this little effort made him the highest paid actor at the time. He allegedly … Continue reading Superman: The Rise of Reeve

Battle of Britain

In 1940 the Germans are preparing under Goering’s leadership to invade Britain, but the RAF valiantly fight them in the air. One of Britain’s proudest moments is not given the proper treatment in this forgettable epic. It’s all about the planes and the air battles; an amazing number of old aircraft were used and those … Continue reading Battle of Britain

Tom Jones: A Bawdy Adventure

THE WHOLE WORLD LOVES TOM JONES! The film that won director Tony Richardson an Oscar and launched the international career of Albert Finney had quite a challenging shoot. Finney once said that he was bored throughout it and that his character wasn’t serious enough; co-star Hugh Griffith was allegedly so drunk through much of the … Continue reading Tom Jones: A Bawdy Adventure

They Shoot Horses, Don’t They: Dance Till You Drop

PEOPLE ARE THE ULTIMATE SPECTACLE. Director Sydney Pollack died a while ago, mourned by anyone who had ever seen Tootsie (1982), or Husbands and Wives (1992) where he put his acting talent on display. In a small tribute that I wrote to him on this website I quickly mentioned They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? (1969), … Continue reading They Shoot Horses, Don’t They: Dance Till You Drop

Superman II

THE MAN OF STEEL MEETS HIS MATCH! As Superman (Christopher Reeve) and Lois Lane (Margot Kidder) continue their love story, three villains with the same powers as Superman’s threaten Earth. This sequel is close to the original, not only in story but style; most of the cast members also return. Director Richard Lester adds a … Continue reading Superman II

A Christmas Carol

A NEW POWERFUL PRESENTATION OF THE MOST LOVED GHOST STORY OF ALL TIME! Charles Dickens’s ghost story would probably survive even the most slapdash filmization, but this TV movie is not one of those. It is a distinguished version where the filmmakers succeed in creating an atmosphere soaked in the emotions of Christmases past. The … Continue reading A Christmas Carol