Memorable Scenes: Part 3

Arguably one of the best comedies of the twenty-first century, Super Troopers features a plethora of hilarious scenes and quotable lines that my wife and I still use on a near-daily basis. Setting the table is the film’s opening scene – a camera inside a moving vehicle and a title card telling us we are […]

Memorable Movie Scenes: Part 2

Movie: The Godfather The Godfather is universally considered to be one of the best movies ever produced. This masterpiece contains many memorable scenes, but one scene trumps all the rest in dramatic intensity. The Italian Restaurant.  An assassination attempt on Don Corleone left him badly injured and near death. A costly and brutal war between […]

Memorable Movie Scenes: Part One

Movie: Once Upon A Time In The West This is it, folks. This is the HOLY GRAIL of Western Movie scenes. This is the face-off between Harmonica (Charles Bronson) and Frank (Henry Fonda) and is a scene that is surreal and almost supernatural in its drama. The brilliant musical score, the panoramic shots of the […]

Pearl (2022)

Film Title

Pearl

Synopsis

What’s wrong with Texas? Everything

Director

Ti West

Cast

David Corenswet
Mia Goth
Emma Jenkins-Purro
Alistair Sewell
Matthew Sunderland
Tandi Wright

“Pearl” – Houston, we have a problem. When I walked out of the theater after watching Pearl, my initial response to “what did you think?” was “I was bored.” What I couldn’t articulate at the time was why I found the film boring. On the drive home, my thoughts kept circling around the fact that […]

Duel In The Sun (1946)

Film Title

Duel in the Sun

Synopsis

A hot Pearl Chavez is torn between two very different brothers. 

Director

King Vidor Otto Brower William Dieterle

Cast

Jennifer Jones as Pearl Chavez
Joseph Cotten as Jesse McCanles
Gregory Peck as Lewton "Lewt" McCanles
Lionel Barrymore as Senator Jackson McCanles
Herbert Marshall as Scott Chavez
Lillian Gish as Laura Belle McCanles
Walter Huston as Jubal Crabbe, The Sinkiller
Charles Bickford as Sam Pierce
Harry Carey as Lem Smoot
Charles Dingle as Sheriff Hardy
Sidney Blackmer as The "Lover" of Mrs. Chavez
Butterfly McQueen as Vashti
Otto Kruger as Mr. Langford

David O. Selznick wanted another big blockbuster like Gone With the Wind. He had room for plenty more Oscars on the ego shelf where his awards were available for all to ”ooh and aah” and offer praise like, ”You did a hell of a job on that one, Mister Selznick”. There for all to see, […]

Barbarian

Film Title

Barbarian

Synopsis

Just say no to AirBNB

Director

Zach Cregger

Cast

Georgina Campbell
Bill Skarsgard
Justin Long
Matthew Patrick Davis
Richard Brake

“Barbarian” – My eyes! MY EYES!!! There are a couple of film genres that I generally try to avoid. One genre is comedies that rely on embarrassment humor. Meet the Parents and Anger Management are two prime examples of comedies that I did not find amusing in any way, shape, or form. In fact, my […]

The Last Movie Star

Film Title

The Last Movie Star

Synopsis

An aging movie star faces the reality of his career and choices

Director

Adam Rifkin

Cast

Burt Reynolds
Chevy Chase
Ariel Winter
Clark Duke
Ellar Coltrane
Al-Jaleel Knox
Nikki Blonsky

Anyone who was alive in the last century has to be aware of Burt Reynolds. He burst on the scene as the arrow-slinging hot hunk in Deliverance and then was immortalized in Smokey And The Bandit as a Coors Beer runner who stayed just ahead of the venerable Jackie Gleason as Sheriff Buford. After that, […]

Slap Shot (1977)

Film Title

Slap Shot

Synopsis

A failing hockey team finds its footing with a trio of Hanson Goons

Director

George Roy Hill

Cast

Paul Newman
Michael Ontkean
Strother Martin
Steve Carlson
David Carlson
Jeff Hanson
Jennifer Warren

Every time I think of hockey, I am reminded of my late, great friend, Ed Arndt. Ed was a friend luckily met from the Fidonet era, in the early 90s, before the internet was what it is today. A bunch of us guys would go to the hockey games at the Memphis Mid-South Coliseum. I […]

Hell Or High Water

Film Title

Hell Or High Water

Synopsis

A duo of brothers rob small town banks to save the family farm

Director

David Mackinzie

Cast

Jeff Bridges
Chris Pine
Ben Foster
Gil Birmingham
Dale Dickey

I had been intending to watch this movie for a long time. I was intrigued by that famous gas station fight scene, which I ran across on YouTube. I’ve probably watched it over a half a dozen times, and it is a very satisfying seeing some young punk getting a well-deserved comeuppance. Let me get […]

Beast

Film Title

Beast

Synopsis

I’m not a lion tamer, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night

Director

Baltasar Kormakur

Cast

Idris Elba
Martin Munro
Chris Langa
Leah Jeffries
Iyana Halley

“Beast” – I’m not a lion tamer, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night. I often wonder what it is about any given movie that makes people like or dislike it. For example, I recently screened Emily the Criminal, a movie so uninteresting and lacking entertainment value that every time I […]