When one cares more about pop culture than one should, there’s a tendency to over-inflate its purpose in history. There have been pieces of art that influenced major changes in thought and had an impact on the direction of a country or populace, but not all great pieces of art do this. However, ROOTS, the… Read More Blu-ray Review: ‘ROOTS: The Story of an American Family’
Love Is A Racket is something I picked up from Warner Archive a couple of years ago just because of that title. It’s just as snappy as the movie itself, a brisk, 71-minute adventure though Broadway’s seedy underworld with Douglas Fairbanks Jr. and director William A. Wellman at the wheel. Fairbanks stars as Jimmy Russell,… Read More Warner Archive Review: William A. Wellman’s ‘Love Is A Racket’
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice tries to do everything and amounts to almost nothing. No, it’s not the complete disaster clickbait headlines want you to think it is, but it’s still not a great movie. All it really confirms is that we have had enough of Zack Snyder’s darker-than-dark depiction of superheroes. Starting off… Read More ‘Batman v Superman’ review: Get Zack Snyder away from my heroes!
I recently picked up Warner Bros. Home Video’s 2008 DVD set ‘Frank Sinatra: The Early Years.’ I’ve never seen any of these films and have just started going through them in chronological order. The earliest film in the set is ‘Higher and Higher.’ Frank Sinatra made his starring debut in the 1943 RKO movie Higher… Read More Frank Sinatra: The Early Years – ‘Higher and Higher’
James Stewart was born to play Charles Lindbergh, who became the first pilot to fly solo from New York to Paris in May 1927. The only trouble was that the opportunity didn’t come for Stewart until 1956, when he was already 47, almost twice as old as Lindbergh when he made the famous flight. But… Read More Billy Wilder’s ‘The Spirit of St. Louis’ starring James Stewart as Charles Lindbergh
I’m currently going through the 2006 The Marlon Brando Collection, which I picked up a few weeks ago. While the set does include Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s fantastic adaptation of Julius Caesar, the rest of the films are completely new-to-me. Yes, I have somehow never seen the ’62 version of Mutiny on the Bounty. The other… Read More ‘The Teahouse of the August Moon’ starring Marlon Brando, Glenn Ford
Now that’s the Raoul Walsh I know. After sitting through Battle Cry a few weeks ago, I finally popped in Objective, Burma! (1945) today. Brimming with action, the film is one of the best movies made while World War II was still raging on. Captain Nelson (Errol Fylnn) leads a group of soldiers into Burma… Read More Raoul Walsh’s ‘Objective, Burma!’ with Errol Fylnn