Movie Review: The Manchurian Candidate – You’ll Never Look at a Deck of Cards the Same Way…

Written by Richard Condon and George AxelrodDirected by John Frankenheimer I had never seen the original version of The Manchurian Candidate until just prior to seeing the remake. The two movies are set in entirely different time periods, and although at times it seems like we’re headed down the same path, the original had theContinue reading “Movie Review: The Manchurian Candidate – You’ll Never Look at a Deck of Cards the Same Way…”

A Good Baby – Good vs. Evil in Appalachia

Written by Leon Rooke and Katherine DieckmannDirected by Katherine Dieckmann Every now and then I come across a movie I never heard of and wonder why. A Good Baby is one of those films. Party mystery and part character study, it features some familiar actors reaching for some terrific performances. Henry Thomas is Raymond Toker,Continue reading “A Good Baby – Good vs. Evil in Appalachia”

Movie Review: Kate & Leopold – Cinderella With A Twist

Written by Steven Rogers and James MangoldDirected by James Mangold One common complaint is that movies often fall into the “predictable” category. While it’s nice to have something unexpected happen, there are times when predictable doesn’t really detract from the story. I’ve found this to be true usually in the case of a romantic comedy.Continue reading “Movie Review: Kate & Leopold – Cinderella With A Twist”

King Arthur – A Very Different Take on the Camelot Legend

Written by David FranzoniDirected by Antoine Fuqua I love Ioan Gruffudd. When I saw a trailer for Fantastic Four recently, I was disappointed to hear him talk without that wonderful Welsh accent I so grew to adore in his performances in the Horatio Hornblower series of tele-films. However, that was remedied by renting the filmContinue reading “King Arthur – A Very Different Take on the Camelot Legend”

Along Came A Spider – In Five Minutes I Had The Story Figured Out

Written by James Patterson and Marc MossDirected by Lee Tamahori I enjoy a film that takes me by surprise. Give me a good thriller with plenty of twists and turns I can’t see coming, throw in some terrific actors who are spot-on in their roles, and you’ve got a near-perfect film as far as I’mContinue reading “Along Came A Spider – In Five Minutes I Had The Story Figured Out”

Movie Review: Chocolat – Who Would Want To Resist the Temptation?

Written by Joanne Harris and Robert Nelson JacobsDirected by Lasse Hallstrom In the tradition of films such as Harper Valley PTA, Fried Green Tomatoes, and Mermaids, Chocolat is a film that depicts a slice of life of the women of a narrow-minded small town. In this case, the town is in France at some timeContinue reading “Movie Review: Chocolat – Who Would Want To Resist the Temptation?”

In Honor of Black History Month: Mississippi Burning

Written by Chris GerolmoDirected by Alan Parker Gene Hackman and Willem DaFoe are FBI agents Anderson and Ward, sent to Mississippi to investigate the disappearance of three civil rights workers. Immediately upon arrival in Jessup County, they are greeted with hostility by the local sheriff. The story is based on actual events in Philadelphia, MississippiContinue reading “In Honor of Black History Month: Mississippi Burning”

Luther – Going With His Conscience and Going Against His Religion

Written by Camille Thomasson and Bart GaviganDirected by Eric Till As we are on the cusp of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America issuing a statement on the blessing of same sex unions and the rostering of open and active gay and lesbian clergy in committed relationships, it seems appropriate timing that the DVD ofContinue reading “Luther – Going With His Conscience and Going Against His Religion”

Movie Review: In The Heat of the Night (1967)

Written by Stirling Silliphant and John BallDirected by Norman Jewison It’s hard to believe that fifty years ago conditions like these still existed in the United States. Although racism still exists in many forms (and seems to have gotten worse over the last four years), seeing what is immediately assumed about a black stranger inContinue reading “Movie Review: In The Heat of the Night (1967)”

THX 1138: The George Lucas Director’s Cut – A Sci-Fi Geek Looks at George Lucas’ First Film

Written by George Lucas and Walter MurchDirected by George Lucas First released in 1971, THX-1138 draws on Orwellian themes in creating a futuristic society where people are stripped of individuality and identity. All are assigned numbers, hence the lead character’s name – THX-1138 (portrayed by Robert Duvall). His roommate is LUH-3417 (portrayed by Maggie McOmie).Continue reading “THX 1138: The George Lucas Director’s Cut – A Sci-Fi Geek Looks at George Lucas’ First Film”