Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged or James Joyce’s Ulysses?

A classic from The New Romanticist published over a decade ago.

Star Wars Fans Have Much To Rejoice Over Ron Howard’s Han Solo Movie

Unlike the abysmal The Last Jedi movie, Solo Emphasizes Story Telling Over Lefty Propaganda and Special Effects

Man Shapes Life on Earth in ‘Heaven Can Wait’ (1978)

This year marks 40 years since Paramount Pictures debuted its other big box office hit in 1978. Heaven Can Wait, not to be confused with the delightful Ernst Lubitsch comedy with the same title, was released within weeks of Paramount's popular musical Grease. The...

‘The Incredibles 2’ Satisfies

With the same voice cast and writer and director, Brad Bird, as the 2004 original, this Pixar sequel, which is being released 14 years after its animated characters debuted, offers more of the same. By my estimate, and I enjoyed The Incredibles with qualifications,...

‘Grease’ (1978) Rocks and Rolls

Grease revels in the pure enjoyment of contrasting clean-cut and raunchy un-seriousness. It brings both into alignment and this is its enduring charm. Forty years after Grease debuted in movie theaters to major blockbuster success, the 1978 Allan Carr musical...

‘Ocean’s 8’ Bobs

Beginning with a visual blur, as several current movies do, the all-female Ocean’s 8 takes a while to take shape, settling into a generic caper movie groove which is ultimately as satisfying as its advertising. Sandra Bullock leads but doesn’t carry the picture. Part...

‘Cavalcade’ (1933) Proceeds with Gallantry

The title of this movie, which won 1933's Best Picture at the Academy Awards, tells you how to regard this movie. The epic motion picture, based upon a play by Noel Coward, plays as a pictorial procession. It's a tale of one couple and the ravages of war. Cavalcade,...

Elia Kazan’s ‘Boomerang!’ Comes Back

Reader's Digest published Fulton Oursler's article in its December 1945 edition which, in turn, became the basis for director Elia Kazan's second of 19 feature-length motion pictures, Boomerang! (1947). An especially relevant and taut film it is, too. Steeped as it is...

Considering 2008’s ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, written by Eric Roth (Munich, which was morally repugnant) and directed by David Fincher (Zodiac, which was miserable) is breathtaking and, on purely cinematic grounds, it is a grand three hours, as the tagline says, of life...

Roundup: 2018 TCM Classic Film Festival

With a festival theme of classic movies originating with literature, Turner Classic Movies' 2018 TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood satiated, enticed and, on occasion, stirred in audiences the power and wonder that the original filmmakers intended decades ago....

‘Spellbound’ (1945) Entertains

Alfred Hitchcock's Spellbound (1945) co-starring Ingrid Bergman and Gregory Peck is a light psychological mystery. Seen by this writer for the first time in nitrate at a screening at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood during the 2018 TCM Classic Film Festival, this...

Revisiting Family-Themed ‘Sounder’ (1972)

Last week, I attended the world premiere restoration of a 1972 movie directed by Martin Ritt about a dog and a boy and the parents who guide and watch over them in the uplifting, family-themed Sounder. Introduced at the TCM Classic Film Festival in the grand, historic...

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