My column this week covered Laurence Olivier’s The Prince and the Showgirl, which co-starred and co-produced by Marilyn Monroe. The film is hardly memorable, but since My Week with Marilyn is due out soon and covers the film’s production, I thought it might be a good idea to cover it. Here’s the link: http://thecelebritycafe.com/reviews/film-friday-prince-and-showgirl-directed-laurence-olivier-09-30-2011 Hopefully My Week With… Read More “The Prince and the Show Girl” (1957)
William Wyler’s Ben-Hur (1959) was released on Blu-ray just yesterday and I got my copy from Amazon right away. I sat through most of the features and watched pieces of the film, which looked absolutely beautiful. Here’s my review on the set: http://thecelebritycafe.com/reviews/ben-hur-blu-ray-review-09-28-2011. There is nothing like William Wyler’sBen-Hur, which was released in 1959. Hollywood just simply does… Read More “Ben-Hur” (1959)
For this week, I covered Brian De Palma’s Blow Out from 1981 and starring John Travolta and Nancy Allen. I was completely taken aback by how much I enjoyed this film. Just a stunning piece of work. Here’s the link: http://thecelebritycafe.com/reviews/film-friday-blow-out-directed-brian-de-palma-09-23-2011 …it is the bleak ending that makes this film. It’s hard to write about it without… Read More “Blow Out” (1981)
My latest column is on Orson Welles’ final completed film, F For Fake (1975). I figured that with all the attention being given to Citizen Kane, his first film, this week that it might be a good time to look at his final masterwork. Here’s the link: http://thecelebritycafe.com/reviews/film-friday-f-fake-directed-orson-welles-09-16-2011 The film questions what it means to be an… Read More “F For Fake” (1975)
Here is my review of the Citizen Kane Blu-ray: http://thecelebritycafe.com/reviews/citizen-kane-blu-ray-review-09-14-2011. Citizen Kane still mystifies and wows audiences 70 years later. While the Blu-ray itself is magnificent, the ‘Ultimate Collector’s Edition’ bonuses are rather useless. Unless you need to see this right now, wait until Warner releases the Blu-ray itself, like they did withThe Wizard of Oz and Gone With The… Read More “Citizen Kane” (1941)
Here’s my review of Roman Polanski’s Cul-de-sac from 1966. Criterion released the film on DVD in August. It is an interesting film, but I think my lack of experience with Polanski may have hampered my appreciation of it.
I’m starting a new, weekly column on TheCelebrityCefe.com, focusing on some of my favorite films. Up first is 1967’s Bonnie and Clyde, directed by Arthur Penn and starring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway.
Yesterday was Alfred Hitchcock’s 112th birthday, which I celebrated by watching Rear Window again. I also took the time to write another Top 10 list for TheCelebrityCafe.com, which covered the decade he dominated: the 1950s. I consider the ’50s Hollywood’s best decade and I could probably do an infinite list of the greatest films from that decade. Anyway,… Read More Top 10 Hollywood Films of the 1950s
My review of John Huston’s The Misfits (1961), starring Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe was just published by TheCelebrityCafe.com. You can read it here: http://thecelebritycafe.com/reviews/misfits-blu-ray-08-08-2011.
Directed by Jon Favreau Universal US, 118 minutes Starring Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde I have no idea how to review a movie like Cowboys & Aliens. It’s junk food. Pure and simple. It has no intellectual point. It’s just fun. Imagine Independence Day in the West, except without Bill Pullman’s pathetic, redneck fueling inspirational speech and… Read More “Cowboys & Aliens” (2011)