The Bridge On The River Kwai

Film Title

The Bridge On The River Kwai

Synopsis

British POW’s are forced to build a bridge for their Japanese captors.

Director

David Lean

Cast

Alec Guinness
William Holden
Jack Hawkins
Sessue Hayakawa
James Donald
Geoffrey Horne

There are war movies and there are more war movies, but I do not hesitate to state that The Bridge on the River Kwai is as unique as it is excellent. Within the huge category of war movies, we have many about prisoners of war, and the inevitable nightmares and madness of horrific situations brought […]

Lawrence Of Arabia (1962)

Film Title

Lawrence Of Arabia

Synopsis

The story of T.E. Lawrence, who united Arab forces to have a serious impact on the WW1 war against the Turks.

Director

David Lean

Cast

Peter O'Toole
Sir Alec Guinness
Anthony Quinn
Anthony Quayle
Jack Hawkins
Omar Sharif
Claude Rains

Lawrence Of Arabia is David Lean’s 1962 epic that won 7 Oscars, but of course, not the one that counted for the always overlooked Peter O’Toole. His resume includes Doctor Zhivago, Bridge On The River Kwai, and other classics. His masterpiece, of course, is Lawrence Of Arabia, an almost 4 hour long bum-numbing epic without […]

A Face In The Crowd (1957)

Film Title

A Face In The Crowd

Synopsis

An Arkansas drunk and drifter becomes an overnight sensation and obsession. Will he be exposed for what he really is?

Director

Elia Kazan

Cast

Andy Griffith
Patricia Neal
Walter Matthau
Anthony Franciosa
Lee Remmick
Paul McGrath
Kay Medford

A Face In The Crowd made me sick. I hated everything about it. I wanted to reach through the flatscreen and punch Andy Griffith’s grinning mug. Why? Because every minute of this movie reminded me of our sitting Idiot In Chief, Donald Trump. This movie was made in 1957 and was as white as Wonder […]

The Lion In Winter (1968)

Film Title

The Lion In Winter

Synopsis

King Henry II has 3 sons that want to inherit the throne, but none is worthy and this will be no King Lear



Cast

Peter O'Toole
Katherine Hepburn
Anthony Hopkins
John Castle
Nigel Terry
Timothy Dalton
Jane Merrow

In Prussian folklore, there were 2 Lords with adjacent kingdoms. They had feuded for decades and absolutely loathed each other. Their hate had made for continuous misery for the people they lorded over and the Gods in the sky decided to do something that might bring peace. They wanted to be fair to both Lords, […]

Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? (1966)

Film Title

Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?

Synopsis

Two late-night guests after a University welcoming party get caught up in a whirlwind of marital bliss

Director

Mike Nichols

Cast

Richard Burton
Elizabeth Taylor
Sandy Dennis
George Segal

Marital bliss has been described in many ways. “Death by 1,000 cuts” (Matt Cale) or “The state or condition of a community consisting of a master, a mistress and two slaves, making in all, two”(Ambrose Bierce). There are also many stages, the first being Disillusionment, which is the stage of marriage following Romance and before […]

The Big Lebowski (1998)

Film Title

The Big Lebowski

Synopsis

A case of mistaken identity ruins a rug and requires The Dude to take action against aggression that will not stand

Director

Joel and Ethan Coen

Cast

Jeff Bridges
John Goodman
Phillip Seymour Hoffman
David Huddleston
Julianne Moore
Steve Buscemi
John Turturro
Peter Stomare
Tara Reid
John Polito
Sam Elliot
Ben Gazarra

If there ever was a movie that I was hesitant to review, it has to be The Big Lebowski. Really? Is it that bad? No, quite to the contrary, it is that GOOD. The Coen Brothers, Ethan and Joel have for some time been among the GODS of directors and writers, and for good reason. […]

Withnail & I (1987)

Film Title

Withnail & I

Synopsis

Two unemployed actors go on holiday to the countryside to try to relieve their anxiety



Cast

Richard E. Grant
Paul McGann
Richard Griffiths
Ralph Brown
Michael Elphick

It is indeed an honor to review one of my favorites and one of the funniest and wittiest comedies ever made. Withnail & I is in my personal Top 5 movies of all time for re-watchablity and scathing dialogue. Armed with this splendid script, Richard E. Grant executes a tour de force as a relentlessly […]

The Naked Gun: From The Files Of Police Squad! (1988)

Film Title

The Naked Gun (1988)

Synopsis

Leslie Nielsen as Detective Frank Drebin shows us a law officer more inept than Inspector Clouseau.

Director

David Zucker

Cast

Leslie Nielsen
Priscilla Presley
Ricardo Montalban
George Kennedy
O.J. Simpson
Nancy Marchand

While I am in the midst of trying to cheer myself up from this absolute debacle of a year, I would be more than remiss, and downright derelict if I did not include another comedy film, The Naked Gun. While Leslie Neilson was a hilarious supporting actor in the great comedy Airplane, he is the […]

Mississippi Burning (1988)

Film Title

Mississippi Burning

Synopsis

Two FBI agents visit Mississippi to investigate the disappearance and murder of 3 civil rights workers. They find the very scum of the earth.

Director

Alan Parker

Cast

Gene Hackman
Willem Dafoe
Francis McDormand
Brad Dourif
R. Lee Ermey
Gailard Sartain
Michael Rooker
Lou Walker

After reviewing 3 of the funniest movies ever made, I thought I would review a movie about ancient history. Yeah, I wish; Things may be better, but the racism is alive and well in this country. Mississippi Burning is about as far from humor as you get, especially for people of color who had the […]

Monty Python’s The Life Of Brian (1979)

Film Title

Monty Python's The Life Of Brian

Synopsis

Brian is forever haunted by being born next to the stable with Jesus, Joseph and Mary. Much craziness ensues.

Director

Terry Jones

Cast

Graham Chapman
John Cleese
Terry Gilliam
Eric Idle
Terry Jones
Michael Palin
Terence Bayler
Carol Cleveland

The Life Of Brian came out a few years after the Holy Grail masterpiece, and to no great surprise, it was not well received by viewers or critics. Many, especially the religiously impaired, could not look past the blistering blasphemy and recognize what a wonderful work of craft this film was. The obvious satire of […]