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
One of the most entertaining books I’ve read recently is “The Friedkin Connection” by William Friedkin, the director behind The French Connection and The Exorcist. That’s how the book is sold, and those two movies take up a sizable portion here. No wonder, because they are masterful films that have defined Friedkin’s career, for better and worse, since … Continue reading An Honest Friedkin Book – Except When It Comes to Women
MURDER NEVER TASTED SO GOOD. 22-year-old drug dealer Chris Smith (Emile Hirsch) desperately needs money and talks his dad (Thomas Haden Church) into killing his mother for the insurance money, but the man (Matthew McConaughey) they hire to do the job needs a “retainer”… William Friedkin reunited with playwright Tracy Letts after Bug (2007) for … Continue reading Killer Joe
SOMETHING BEYOND COMPREHENSION IS HAPPENING TO A LITTLE GIRL, ON THIS STREET, IN THIS HOUSE. A MAN HAS BEEN CALLED FOR AS A LAST RESORT TO TRY AND SAVE HER. THAT MAN IS THE EXORCIST. Today it’s difficult to understand the impact The Exorcist had on people upon its release in 1973. The film followed in the … Continue reading The Exorcist: Touched By a Demon
A FEDERAL AGENT IS DEAD. A KILLER IS LOOSE. AND THE CITY OF ANGELS IS ABOUT TO EXPLODE. L.A. cop Richard Chance (William L. Petersen) goes after the violent counterfeiters who murdered his partner two days before his retirement. That partner is not the first nor the last movie cop to be killed at that … Continue reading To Live and Die in L.A.
SOME MEN SHOULD NOT BE FOUND. First-rate tracker L.T. Bonham (Tommy Lee Jones) is hired by the FBI to find a man (Benicio Del Toro) who has killed people in the woods of Oregon; the man was once trained by Bonham. A bloody, violent action movie that borrows heavily from First Blood (1982). The story … Continue reading The Hunted
AL PACINO IS CRUISING FOR A KILLER. New York cop Steve Burns (Al Pacino) goes undercover in the gay S/M club scene to find whoever’s killing its participants. A hunt for a serial killer that never becomes very suspenseful, that takes turns being laughable and nasty and features an open ending where the possibilities only … Continue reading Cruising
DOYLE IS BAD NEWS… BUT A GOOD COP! In 1971, director William Friedkin was not happy at all. The French Connection had the potential to become not only his breakthrough but also a great cop movie, but Friedkin was afraid that the cast would kill it. Gene Hackman had been chosen to play no-nonsense cop “Popeye” Doyle, … Continue reading French Connection: How It Was Broken