The Christmas Chronicles 2

Film Title

The Christmas Chronicles 2

Synopsis

Yet again, Christmas must be saved from a bitter troublemaker

Director

Chris Columbus (I'm not kidding)

Cast

Kurt Russell
Goldie Hawn
Darby Camp
Julian Dennison

I got the notification yesterday that The Christmas Chronicles 2 was available for immediate streaming at Netflix. I didn’t know whether or not to rejoice or cringe. I don’t want to poison the well, but let’s face it. Christmas sequels have not historically been successful. Most, like Bad Santa 2 and the unwatchable A Christmas […]

A Midnight Clear

Film Title

A Midnight Clear

Synopsis

A Christmas drama plays out during WW2 as both the Germans and the Americans just want to survive.

Director

Keith Jordan

Cast

Ethan Hawke
Gary Sinise
Peter Berg
Arye Gross
Frank Whaley
John C. McGinley
Larry Joshua
Curt Lowens

I love Christmas Movies and there are few that actually make me cry. There are tears of joy, tears of grief, and tears from the sheer excellence of an event that you witness. A Midnight Clear was all of these and more. I want to give a special thanks to one of our biggest fans […]

Understanding Trumpers: How Can 70 Million People Be Wrong?

The election is over. Regardless of the hate-spewed lies of Trump…Lies that 69.9 Million of the Trumpers actually believe, Joe Biden will be the next President of The United States. Oh, and what a mess he will inherit, but that will be discussed later. Covid-19 is raging, and there is nothing that the present administration […]

Barton Fink (1991)

Film Title

Barton Fink

Synopsis

A New York playwright goes to Hollywood to write for the movies and is engulfed in a bizarre form of Hell

Director

Joel & Ethan Coen

Cast

John Turturro
John Goodman
Judy Davis
Michael Lerner
John Mahoney
Tony Shalhoub
Jon Polito
Steve Buscemi

Barton Fink is one of my favorite Coen Brothers films. This assessment is not shared by many, Coen Brothers fans or not. This is easy to understand, as Barton Fink is one of the Coen’s most enigmatic works of art. To this day the Coen Brothers have chosen to not explain the film, and years […]

King Rat (1965)

Film Title

King Rat

Synopsis

A resourceful Corporal King is stuck in a Malaysian P.O.W. camp during WW2. He makes the best of things , using brains, bribery and larceny.

Director

Bryan Forbes

Cast

George Segal
Tom Courtenay
James Fox
James Donald
Patrick O'Neal
John Mills

In wartime, it is not always the highest ranked individuals that run the show. Oftentimes, like with Ex-PFC Wintergreen and Corporal Milo Minderbinder in Heller’s masterpiece Catch-22, it is the most cunning and resourceful who are in charge. George Segal stars in his best performance ever in writer/director Bryan Forbes’s 1965 adaptation of James Clavell’s […]

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 […]