Norman Lear: 100 Years of Music and Laughter 11/28/23
On July 27, 2022, show business icon Norman Lear turned 100 years old and a lavish television celebration was produced and broadcast on ABC at the end of last year called Norman Lear: 100 Years of Music & Laughter, a deserved tribute to the legend, but a surreal and an oddly unmoving experience.
Running on Empty 11/28/23
The film stars Judd Hirsch and Christine Lahti as Arthur and Annie Pope, who have two sons but have had to live their lives on the run because back in the 60's, Arthur and Annie participated in the destruction of a weapons lab that caused the near death of a janitor.
The Asphalt Jungle 11/28/23
Director Huston took inspiration from the neorealist films springing up in Europe, giving everything as much naturalism as possible - and it really works well.
Chameleon Street 11/27/23
The film is so embedded in Streets point of view, that I genuinely have a hard time separating out if the film thinks women are money-hungry monsters who drive men to extremes, or if thats just Streets point of view on the women in his life.
The story initially titillates when it is revealed that this Rustin guy might have had a sexual relationship with MLK Jr., a revelation that immediately grabs the viewer, but they clear it up almost immediately and then the story goes back and forth between Rustin's struggles with getting march orga...
A Night at the Roxbury 11/27/23
The story also takes a very disturbing path where the brothers seem to remove anyone from their lives who seems to be trying to keep them apart, implying that the brothers seem to be in love with each other, evidenced by the bizarre scene where Doug interrupts his brother's wedding to Shannon's char...
Grand Slam 11/27/23
When I think about my favorite heist movies - examples include Thief, Rififi, Topkapi and the 2001 Ocean's Eleven - one thing they have in common is one or more characters who are interesting at the most and worth giving a damn about in the least.
Act of Violence 11/27/23
I kind of thought that the story these two men share, and the reason for what's happening, gets revealed a little too quickly - once we're half-way through the film we already know what went down between them, and the rest of the film only has the hunt to keep us interested.