Animal House (1978)

Film Title

Animal House

Synopsis

The greatest movie about college life ever made

Director

John Landis

Cast

John Belushi
Stephen Furst
Tom Hulce
Mark Metcalf
Donald Sutherland
John Verner
Verna Bloom
Kevin Bacon
Tim Matheson
Peter Riegert
Bruce McGill

Animal House is a movie that was not taken seriously when it was made. The expectations were low, and Donald Sutherland, the one big star, (Kevin Bacon’s first movie!) took a paltry lump-sum of $30,000 for his role in the movie. No university or college would let them shoot the movie at their campus until […]

Tom and Jerry (2021)

Synopsis

Tom & Jerry enhance the lamentations of Grandpa

Director

Tim Story

Cast

Tom
Jerry
Chole Grace Moretz
Other Voices

“Tom and Jerry” – Sorry, grandpa. Before we get to my son’s thoughts about Tom and Jerry, I’m going to weigh in a bit. When I was a kid, whenever we went to my grandparents’ house, we watched Tom and Jerry cartoons with my grandpa. It was the best part of the visit and I […]

Bullitt (1968)

Film Title

Bullitt

Synopsis

A star witness under protection is killed and Bullitt must find the killers

Director

Peter Yates

Cast

Steve McQueen
Robert Vaughn
Jaqueline Bissett
Don Gordon
Robert Duvall
Simon Oakland
Norman Fell

Bullitt is an award-winning film that showcases one of the most exciting car chases ever. The 1968 fast-back Mustang used in the chase scene recently sold at auction for 3.4 million dollars, and it was in rough condition. I will be reviewing the 2-disc Special Edition DVD of this movie. Steve McQueen was one of […]

12 Angry Men

Film Title

12 Angry Men

Synopsis

In a stifling Jury Room 12 men deliberate the fate of a murder suspect

Director

Sidney Lumet

Cast

Martin Balsam
John Fiedler
Lee J. Cobb
E.G. Marshall
Jack Klugman
Edward Binns
Jack Warden
Henry Fonda
Joseph Sweeney
Ed Begley
George Voscovek
Robert Webber

In movie jargon, the words “classic” and “masterpiece” are accolades that are tossed around quite a bit. Sometimes they are well deserved, sometimes not, and often the status is indeterminate. In the case of 12 Angry Men, there is no reasonable doubt at all about the verdict. This classic is a masterpiece and one of […]

Uplift the Race: 3 Spike Lee Joints

For over 30 years now, ever since his debut feature She’s Gotta Have It in 1986, Spike Lee has been one of the most innovative and provocative filmmakers of our time. As expressed numerous times throughout his many films, Lee’s highest goal is to “wake up” and uplift all oppressed and deluded people, but he […]

Goodfellas

Film Title

Goodfellas

Synopsis

The Godfather of all gangster movies

Director

Martin Scorsese

Cast

Ray Liotta
Joe Pesci
Robert De Niro
Lorraine Bracco
Paul Sorvino
Frank Vincent
Frank Sivero

I recently watched Goodfellas for the third…and final time, not because I intend to retire to eremitism, join a cult or end my life soon, but—to see how it held up. Seeing it first in 2004 while a twenty-year-old, English-as-a-second language twit enamored with mob flicks centered around New Yawk, big-city, third-world, streetwise culture; and, […]

Baby’s Day Out

Film Title

Baby's Day Out

Synopsis

A kidnapped kid is lost. Who cares?

Director

Patrick Read Johnson

Cast

A baby
Another baby
A bunch of other people we've never heard of

As anyone who has read my in-depth review of Beethoven knows, family movies from the 1990s are often covert founts of darkness and despair, sometimes to the point that it is nigh impossible to see them any other way. Another great example of this curious phenomenon is the 1994 film Baby’s Day Out, which depicts […]

All Is True

Film Title

All Is True

Synopsis

The final days of the magnificent Bard

Director

Kenneth Branagh

Cast

Kenneth Branagh
Ian McKellen
Judi Dench
Nonso Anozie
Lolita Chakrabarti



In his autobiography LittleWilson and Big God, Anthony Burgess ( for those of you who did not know, his complete name was John Anthony Burgess Wilson. Furthermore, for those of you who do not know, he was author of A Clockwork Orange, Tremor in Intent, The End of the World News, among many other  novels, […]

Birdemic: Shock And Terror

Film Title

Birdemic: Shock and Terror

Synopsis

An inept attempt at cashing in on Hitchcock’s masterpiece.

Director

James Nguyen

Cast

Alan Bagh
Whitney Moore
Tipi Hedren (archive footage)
Other random people off the street

Birdemic: Shock and Terror was clearly made without the benefit of anyone who knew absolutely anything about filmmaking within a hundred yards of the set. Witness production values and acting that make Tommy Wiseau’s notorious 2003 classic The Room look like a legitimate masterpiece. Witness sound editing and mixing apparently done by a pair of […]

Matters of Survival: A Note on In a Lonely Place & Bigger Than Life

In a Lonely Place (1950) and Bigger Than Life (1956), two of Nicholas Ray’s finest films, are about two men made to feel “ten feet tall” in order to survive. For Dixon Steele (Humphrey Bogart) in Place, it happens in a war; World War II, to be precise. For Ed Avery (James Mason) in Life, […]