John Welsh’s Look At Turner Classic Movies

For a movie lover, life can change for the good even in these troubled times when Turner Classic Movies re-enters. Yes, I went without TCM for years, when last week a miracle occurred. Yes, a miracle. Great films are on my television screen. What need have I of HBO or Showtime? Ha! I say Ha! […]

Midnight Run (1988)

Film Title

Midnight Run (1988)

Synopsis

Everyone is after this guy, including Bounty Hunters, The Mafia, and the F.B.I.

 



Cast

Robert D Niro
Charles Grodin
Yaphet Kotto
John Ashton
Dennis Farina

Tagline:  This could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.  Entire Story In Fewer Words Than Are In This Sentence:  Bounty hunter and his quarry trade wisecracks.  Homoeroticism:  Hardly anything to report, sadly. Bounty hunter Jack Walsh (Robert De Niro) and accountant Jonathan “the Duke” Mardukas (Charles Grodin), who is in his custody, quickly develop […]

Raiders Of The Lost Ark

Film Title

Raiders Of The Lost Ark

Synopsis

Indiana Jones battles Nazi’s for control of The Ark of the Covenant

Director

Steven Spielberg

Cast

Harrison Ford
Karen Allen
Paul Freeman
Ronald Lacey
John Rhys-Davies
Alfred Molina
Wolf Kahler

Tagline: The Return of the Great Adventure. Entire Story In Fewer Words Than Are In This Sentence: Indiana Jones hates snakes, and Nazis. In that order. Homoeroticism:  Basically nonexistent, I am sorry to report. There are a lot of natives dressed only in leather thongs chasing Indy (Harrison Ford) at the beginning, after he steals […]

Miller’s Crossing

Film Title

Miller's Crossing

Synopsis

Gangsters, Prohibition and a guy with a gambling problem trying to play both sides

Director

Joel & Ethan Coen

Cast

Gabriel Byrne
Albert Finney
John Turturro
Jon Polito
Marcia Gay Harden
Steve Buscemi
J.E. Freeman

I had trouble finding a hook for a critique of the excellent Coen Brother’s film, Miller’s Crossing. I read several reviews, even going so far as to read Roger Ebert’s pedestrian analysis. As to be expected, Ebert, who seemingly offers reviews from beyond the grave like a Dracula with press credentials, the piece was about […]

Movies By Ezra: Decade To Decade Favorites

At the end of last year and the beginning of this one, there were a lot of Best Movies of the Decade lists going around online. As always, I was drawn in by the allure of pointlessly ranking movies and I participated, but it got me thinking about the bigger picture. What was the best […]

48 Hours (1982)

Film Title

48 Hours (1982)

Synopsis

A renegade cop teams up with a convict to track down two cop killers and another sleaze-ball

Director

Walter Hill

Cast

Eddie Murphy
Nick Nolte
Annette O'Toole
Frank McRae
James Remar
David Patrick Kelley
Brion James
Sonny Landham

Eddie Murphy was only 19 years old when he was tagged to play the convict conscripted by Jack, a renegade and reckless cop in San Francisco. Jack always stayed just a half a step ahead of losing his badge, and Reggie wanted to get out of jail. Even though Reggie Hammond was not a cop, […]

Deadly Prey (1987)

Film Title

Deadly Prey (1987)

Synopsis

Sadistic mercenaries kidnap people off the streets and release them at their secret camp. Much death and hilarity ensues.

Director

David A. Prior

Cast

Cameron Mitchell
Troy Donahue
David Campbell
Leo Weltman
Ted Pryor
Fritz Matthews

Tagline:  In Vietnam He Was The Best… HE STILL IS! Entire Story In Fewer Words Than Are In This Sentence: Mike Danton ain’t nuthing ta f’ wit. Homoeroticism: Where to begin… I am probably the first person in history to ever take notes on this particular movie, and no fewer than four pages of those […]

The Way Back

Film Title

The Way Back

Synopsis

The tale of an alcoholic, now featuring high school basketball.

Director

Gavin O'Connor

Cast

Ben Affleck
Al Madrigal
Michaela Watkins
Janina Gavankar
Brandon Wilson
Jeremy Radin

Yellow-bellied and lily-livered. The last time I played organized basketball, I was a sophomore in high school. Our team sucked. We finished the season 1-11, mostly due to the fact that we were playing against teams featuring kids who could dunk (we could not), but also the fact that our coach was an idiot. He […]

Onward

Film Title

Onward

Synopsis

A young boy learns a lesson in fantasy. Plus, magic pants.

Director

Dan Scanlon

Cast

Tom Holland
Chris Pratt
Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Octavia Spencer
Mel Rodriguez

Are elves aliens? The thoughts of a seven-year old are amazing, especially that he is taking care not to spoil too much. Here are some of those thoughts about the latest Pixar movie, Onward. Alright, what’s the movie we’re talking about right now?Onward. What is Onward?It’s a movie. What is the movie Onward about?These kids, […]

The Invisible Man (2020)

Film Title

The Invisible Man (2020)

Synopsis

An abusive relationship taken to the next, next level.

Director

Leigh Whannell

Cast

Elisabeth Moss
Aldis Hodge
Harriet Dyer
Storm Reid
Oliver Jacskon-Cohen
Michael Dorman

See what I mean? There have been plenty of adaptations of H.G. Wells’ classic The Invisible Man, going all the way back to 1933. My personal experience covers the pretty bad Hollow Man (featuring Kevin Bacon) and hot garbage that is The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, not to mention the original novel itself. Based on […]