"Back to the Future Part II" - With Michael J Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Thomas F Wilson, Elisabeth Shue. Plot Intro: Marty McFly goes into the future to save his kids, but when he goes back to 1985 he finds out that he made a mistake that changed the space-time continuum. So he has to go back to 1955 again to correct it. Review: A classic. Still fun to watch. Starting on October 26, 1985, Marty, Jennifer, and Doc go to October 21, 2015. Then Marty and Doc go back to November 12, 1955. Rating:
"Batman" - Comic book superhero fantasy movie with Michael Keaton, Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger, Robert Wuhl, Pat Hingle, Billy Dee Williams, Jack Palance, Jerry Hall. Directed by Tim Burton. Plot Intro: A boy sees his parents killed by a serial killer known as the Joker. He grows up to become Batman. Later he finds out who killed his parents. Review: Excellent film with stylistic photography and a dark atmostpheric feel. Keaton and Nicholson are great. Basinger is very good as the helpless victim and potential love interest of Batman. Rating:
"Cinema Paradiso" - Dramedy. Directed by Giuseppe Tornatore. Plot Intro: A boy grows up in a small Italian town whose central point interest for the citizens is the local theatre. The boy's life is followed from the time he is a little boy during World War II to when he is in his forties or fifties. As a boy, he is fascinated by movies. As a teenager, he becomes interested in a new girl in town, but he never loses his interest in movies and the local movie theatre. Review: One of the best foreign films ever. One of my personal favorites. Rating:
"Driving Miss Daisy" - Drama with Jessica Tandy, Morgan Freeman, Dan Aykroyd. Plot Intro: As a woman gets older, her son attempts to help her be able to get around town by setting her up with a chauffer. They develop a deep friendship. Review: Received the Best Film Oscar for 1989. A great film with great performances. The central characters played by Tandy and Freeman are great. Tandy received the Best Actress Oscar. Freeman proves himself to be one of today's best actors. One of the first parts for Aykroyd in a drama, and he is great as well. "I'm trying to drive you to the sto'." Rating:"Fletch Lives" - Comedy with Chevy Chase, Hal Holbrook, Julianne Phillips. Plot Intro: Fletch investigates a minister who is running a big con. Review: Sequel to the first movie "Fletch". Nearly as good as the first movie. Rating:
"Glory" - Civil War drama starring Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington, Cary Elwes, and Morgan Freeman, Andre Braugher. Plot Intro: Black men volunteer for a special unit in the Union army. They are trained and sent against a Confederate fort. Review: Great Civil War film. Tells the story of the black units which fought for the Union during the Civil War — a story which was not generally known at the time of the film's release. Denzel Washington received the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. Rating:"Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" - Adventure starring Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, Kate Capshaw, Dan Aykroyd. Story by George Lucas. Plot Intro: Jones saves his father from the Nazis. Review: Entertaining fluff. How can you go wrong with Ford and Connery? Rating:
"Lethal Weapon 2" - With Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Joe Pesci, Joss Ackland, Patsy Kensit, Tracy Wolfe, Darlene Love. Plot Intro: The guys go after a South African official involved in drugs. Review: Not as good as the first. Rating:
"License to Kill" - With Timothy Daulton, Wayne Newton, Benicio Del Toro, Desmond Llewelyn. Directed by John Glen. Plot Intro: Bond's friend is killed, and he wants revenge against the drug lord behind it. Review: Bond 18. Another good effort. Entertaining. Rating:
"UHF" - Comedy starring "Weird" Al Yankovich, Victoria Jackson, Kevin McCarthy, Michael Richards ("Kramer" from "Seinfeld"). Plot Intro: "Weird" Al tries to save a UHF TV station. Review: Richards is very funny. Not "Gone with the Wind," but fun to watch. Rating:
"When Harry Met Sally" - Romantic comedy with Meg Ryan, Billy Crystal, Carrie Fisher, Bruno Kirby, and Rob Reiner's mom. Plot Intro: Two single people meet. She doesn't like him, he doesn't like her. He likes her, she likes him. Same-o, same-o. Review: Very good romantic comedy. Best known for Meg's "orgasm" in the restaurant, and Rob Reiner's mother's great line. Rating:
"Bull Durham" - With Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins, Robert Wuhl. Directed by Ron Shelton. Plot Intro: A catcher is sent down to a minor league club to train a pitcher with a live arm. Review: Great sports film. One of Costner's best. Rating:"The Dead Pool" - With Clint Eastwood, Patricia Clarkson, Liam Neeson. Plot Intro: Harry has a new partner, and he is forced to deal with the media. In the meantime, there is someone who has a list of people, and the people are dying one by one. Review: One of the better Dirty Harry sequels. Rating:"Die Hard" - Action/thriller starring Bruce Willis and Alan Rickman. Plot Intro: A NYC cop, separated from his wife, visits his wife at her office. One thing leads to another. Review: A classic action/thriller. Great action. Willis is fresh, humorous. The bad guys are great. Still holds up after all these years. Rating:
"A Fish Called Wanda" - Comedy starring John Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Palin, Kevin Kline. Plot Intro: A team of British and American criminals attempt to rob a diamond exchange. They are at odds after the crime is committed. A British barrister finds himself in the middle. Review: Kline received Best Supporting Actor Oscar. For some reason, this movie was more humorous when it was first released in the theatre when viewed with a large group of people. It isn't nearly as funny now. Rating:
"Funny Farm" - Comedy with Chevy Chase, Madolyn Smith, Alice Drummond. Plot Intro: A sports writer for a New York City newspaper quits his job and moves out to a little town to write his first book. Review: Very funny movie that shows a man spiraling down into near madness. Rating:
"The Great Outdoors" - With John Candy, Dan Aykroyd, Annette Bening, Robert Prosky. Written by John Hughes. Plot Intro: A man takes his family to a remote camping resort, but he is followed by his no-account brother-in-law. Review: Not one funny moment. Not worth seeing. The film wastes the efforts of all the stars. Rating:
"Midnight Run" - Comedy starring Robert DeNiro, Charles Grodin, Yaphet Kotto, John Ashton, Joe Pantoliano. Plot Intro: A bounty hunter (DeNiro) attempts to bring a "failure to appear" (Grodin) all the way across the country to California. The FTA does everything he can to hinder the trip. Review: Great buddy picture. Still very funny. One of my favorite films. Rating:"Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad" - Comedy with Leslie Nielsen, Priscilla Presley, OJ Simpson, Ricardo Montalban, George Kennedy, Nancy Marchand, Weird Al Yankovic. Written by Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, and Jerry Zucker. Directed by Jim Abrahams. Plot Intro: There is a plot to kill the Queen of England when she visits Los Angeles. Review: A funny movie. The movie is an attempt to bring a failed TV series "Police Squad" to the big screen. Nielsen is excellent in this kind of part. Rating:
"Rain Man" - Comedy with Dustin Hoffman, Tom Cruise, Valeria Galino. Directed by Barry Levinson. Plot Intro: A young man's father dies and leaves most of his estate to the older of two brothers. The younger brother doesn't understand. Review: Received Best Film Oscar of 1988. Very good with very good performances. Dustin Hoffman received a Best Actor Oscar. Cruise is OK. Rating:
"Scrooged" - Comedy with Bill Murray, Alfre Woodard, Bobcat Goldthwait, Karen Allen, Carole Kane. Plot Intro: A self-centered scrooge is haunted by three ghosts. Review: This attempt to update the Charles Dickens story is in the end failed. It is an early Bill Murray effort which is pretty much a one-note performance by Murray. Think of his loudest over-the-top scenes in "Ghostbusters", and you can picture how he performed almost every scene in "Scrooged." It is too much. The Scrooge character requires more of a nuanced performance — particularly in this comedy — in order for the film to be funnier. Karen Allen's attempt to be all smiles and sweetness-and-light comes off as a painful performance. There is no real spark between Murray and Allen. The writing could definitely be better. There are more times in the movie where a person will wince or grimace than laugh. The photography is also oddly done. Many times during the viewing of the film I wished that the camera angle could have been different — somehow better. Rating:
"Talk Radio" - Drama with Eric Bogosian, Ellen Greene, Leslie Hope, Alec Baldwin, John Pankow. Plot Intro: An offensive talk radio jock creates some enemies and a lot of trouble for himself just when he is going national with his show. Review: Offensive over-the-line dialogue between the talk radio jock and his audience may put some people off. Rating:
"Things Change" - Comedy with Don Ameche, Joseph Montegna, Robert Prosky. Plot Intro: A barber is mistaken for a powerful mafioso. Review: One of Don Ameche's last films. A very good film. Rating:
"Who Framed Roger Rabbit" - Comedy with Bob Hoskins, Joanna Cassidy, Christopher Lloyd. Directed by Robert Zemeckis. Plot Intro: A detective must discover who framed Roger Rabbit and save Toontown. Pu-pu-pu-puhlleease! Review: Mix of live actors and cartoon characters was advanced for its time. It is getting a little dated now. The best part of the movie is the opening cartoon. Rating:
"Babette's Feast" - Drama. Foreign. Plot Intro: Two sisters who live in a religious community take in a French woman. Review: One of the best foreign films ever. Rating:
"The Last Emperor" - Drama. Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci Plot Intro: The Empress Dowager dies leaving a very young boy as Emperor of China. He is has to survive several political changes. Review: Best Picture Oscar. Bernardo Bertolucci received Best Director Oscar. A sweeping drama. Rating:"Lethal Weapon" - With Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Gary Busey. Plot Intro: A policeman gets a new partner who may not be all there mentally. Review: The first of the series. Mel Gibson and Danny Glover are great. Rating:
"The Living Daylights" - With Timothy Daulton, Maryam D'Abo, Jeroen Krabbé, Joe Don Baker, John Rhys-Davies, Desmond Llewelyn, Caroline Bliss, John Terry. Directed by John Glen. Plot Intro: James Bond fights against the plans of a weapons dealer. Review: Bond 17. Daulton adds an athletic aspect to the character that was mostly missing since George Lazenby. It reminds me of what Daniel Craig adds. Rating:
"Manon of the Spring" - Drama with Yves Montand, Emmanuel Béart, Daniel Auteuil. Directed by Claude Berri. AKA "Manon des sources". Plot Intro: A man falls in love with a beautiful goatherdess, but they both have pasts that lead to heartache. Review: One of the greatest foreign films of all time. The sequel to "Jean de Florette" (1986). "Manon of the Spring" should not be viewed before seeing "Jean de Florette." Béart is at her most beautiful in the film.
Warning: Brief nudity. Some gross body piercing, but the scene can be quickly forwarded through while getting the basic idea. Rating:
"Princess Bride" - Fantasy comedy with Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Wallace Shawn, Andre the Giant, Christopher Guest. Plot Intro: A girl grows up on a farm and becomes betrothed to a prince. A small gang of men kidnaps the princess in order to start a war. "Inconceivable!" Review: A great film. Highly recommended. Has held up very well through the years. Rating:"Roxanne" - Comedy with Steve Martin, Darryl Hannah. Adapted by Steve Martin from a play by Edmond Rostand. Plot Intro: A guy is too shy because of his large nose to act on his attraction to a beautiful woman who just moved into town. She is attracted to a handsome guy who is somewhat dimwitted. Review: An adaptation of the Cyrano de Bergerac story. Excellent. A modern day classic. Rating:
"Stakeout" - Romantic comedy/thriller starring Richard Dreyfuss, Madeleine Stowe, Emilio Estevez, Aidan Quinn. Plot Intro: A ruthless killer escapes from prison. The police must stakeout his girlfriend. "Oo oo oo, I like my job." Review: Still very entertaining to watch. Great fun and thrills. Rating:"Three Men and a Baby" - Comedy with Tom Selleck, Ted Danson, Steve Guttenberg, Margaret Colin, Nancy Travis. Directed by Leonard Nimoy. Plot Intro: Three men are forced to take care of an infant girl who is abandoned at their apartment by the mother who is a former girlfriend of one of the men. Review: Based on a French film "Trois hommes et un couffin" (1985). The movie depends on a chemistry between the three main actors. They aren't always believable, but the movie is still worth at least one viewing. Rating:
"Aliens" - Science fiction thriller starring Sigourney Weaver. AKA "Alien 2" Plot Intro: The lone survivor of an encounter with an alien is prevailed upon to help rescue colonists on an alien-infested planet. At the end it's mother against mother. Review: Harrowing, hair-raising. Doesn't have the atmospheric horror of the first "Alien", but the action makes up for it somewhat. The second of the Alien pictures. Followed by "Alien 3" (1992) and "Alien Resurrection" (1997). Rating:
"Clockwise" - Comedy with John Cleese. Plot Intro: An English schoolmaster gets into all kinds of trouble in an attempt to make it to a ceremony where he is to receive a most important award. "Right!" Review: A nice little film. Rating:
"Ferris Bueller's Day Off" - Comedy with Matthew Broderick, Mia Sara, Jennifer Grey. Directed by John Hughes. Plot Intro: A smarter-than-the-average high school senior takes a sick day to have a blast in the city of Chicago. "Bueller, Bueller, Bueller." Review: A classic. Broderick and Hughes at their best. Rating:
"Hoosiers" - Drama starring Gene Hackman. Plot Intro: The story of a basketball coach and his team in basketball-crazy Indiana. Review: Very good film. Rating:"Jean de Florette" - Drama with Gérard Depardieu. Foreign. Plot Intro: Two men in a French village covet property that has a spring. A stranger moves onto the property with his family. Trouble follows. Review: One of the greatest foreign films ever made. Must be viewed with "Manon of the Springs" (1987). Rating:
"Platoon" - Vietnam War drama with Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger, Willem Dafoe, Forest Whitaker. Directed by Oliver Stone. Plot Intro: A new recruit tries to survive the action in Viet Nam and the politics within the army. Review: Best Picture and Best Director Oscars. Rating:
"Radio Days" - A comedy written and directed by Woody Allen. Plot Intro: A kid grows up in Depression era New York City. Radio is an important form of entertainment. Review: A nice little comedy. Allen without Chekhov or Bergman. Rating:
"Ruthless People" - Comedy starring Danny DeVito, Bette Midler, Judge Reinhold. Directed by Jim Abrahams. Plot Intro: A businessman wants to get rid of his wife. She is kidnapped her for ransom, but he doesn't intend to pay. She was "marked down" and "kidnapped by Kmart." Review:Humorous. DeVito and Midler at the top of their game. Warning: Brief nudity. Rating:
"Stand By Me" - Drama with River Phoenix, Kiefer Sutherland. Directed by Rob Reiner. Plot Intro: Kids take a walk to see a dead body. Review: Based on a Stephen King novelette. Very good film. Rating:
"Tai-Pan" - Drama with Bryan Brown, Joan Chen, Kyra Sedgwick, Janine Turner. Based on the novel by James Clavell. Plot Intro: Traders are chafing at the limitations put on them by the Chinese, but after the Boxer Rebellion – and the British win – they acquire the rights to Hong Kong, a great harbor with a smallish village. Two of the British traders are enemies, and they try to destroy each other. Review: Three of my favorite books are by Clavell: 'King Rat', 'Tai-Pan', and 'Shogun'. I've read each of them multiple times. Only Shogun was brought to the screen with the anything close to the quality of the original story. As is usually true, the book is better in this case. The movie is more of a summary. After a while I was able to get into the movie. Rating:
"Back to the Future" - With Michael J Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Crispin Glover, Thomas F Wilson, Claudia Wells. Plot Intro: Marty McFly accidentally goes back in time, and Doc has to send him 'back to the future.' Review: A classic. Still fun to watch. The film starts on October 25, 1985. On October 26, 1985 Marty goes back to November 5, 1955. On November 12, 1955, Marty goes back to October 26, 1985. Rating:
"Brazil" - Directed by Terry Gilliam. With Jonathan Pryce, Robert De Niro, Katherine Helmond, Ian Holm, Bob Hoskins, Michael Palin, Ian Richardson, Kim Greist, Jim Broadbent. Plot Intro: A man triesto find the woman of his dreams. Review: Set in a futuristic (?) society, the set design is great. The technology involved is a blend of the past, present, and possible futures. Some of the dream imagery is very beautiful. Rating:"Fletch" - Comedy with Chevy Chase, Geena Davis, George Wendt, Tim Matheson. Plot Intro: A newspaper reporter stumbles on a murder plot and a drug ring while fending off his ex-wife's divorce attorney and his editor. Review: Based on the first of a series of novels by Gregroy MacDonald. Very good part for Chevy who also does great scene by scene commentary. Great background music. Rating:
"Ran" - Samurai epic directed by Akira Kurosawa. Plot Intro: A ruler retires and divides his land between his sons; based on King Lear. Review: Akira Kurosawa at his best. Rating:"A View To A Kill" - With Roger Moore, Christopher Walken, Tanya Roberts, Grace Jones, Patrick Macnee, Desmond Llewelyn, Lois Maxwell. Directed by John Glen. Plot Intro: Bond must foil a plot to destroy the microchip industry in California. Review: Bond 16. Good entertainment.
"Weird Science" - With Anthony Michael Hall, Kelly LeBrock, Bill Paxton, Robert Downey Jr. Written and directed by John Hughes. Plot Intro: Two high school kids make the perfect woman with their computer. Review: Not sure how this film was ever made. Pretty moronic. Kelly LeBrock looks great. Rating:
"Witness" - Harrison Ford, Danny Glover, Kelly McGillis, Alexander Godunov. Plot Intro: An Amish boy witnesses a murder in a men's restroom in Philadelphia. His family and the policeman (Ford) who attempts to protect them are threatened by those who want to cover it up. Review: A thriller with some romance. Harrison Ford doing what he does best. Rating:
"Amadeus" - Historical comedy/drama with Tom Hulce, F. Murray Abraham. Directed by Milos Forman. Plot Intro: A court composer plots to destroy Mozart's life. Review: Excellent. A portrait of what personal jealousy can cost everyone. Received Best Picture and Best Director Oscars. Rating:"Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" - Adventure starring Harrison Ford, Kate Capshaw. Plot Intro: How "Indiana" Jones became what he became. Review: The second of the Indiana Jones series. A lot of fun. Rating:
"The Terminator" - Classic futuristic thriller starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Michael Biehn. Plot Intro: A killer cyborg comes back from the future to kill a woman in order to prevent the birth of the leader of the humans in the human-vs.-machine war in the near future. A human comes back from the future to protect her. Review: So good it demanded a sequel. Keeps you on the edge of your seat. Schwarzenegger looks like he's unstoppable. Rating:
"2010" - Sci-fi with Roy Scheider, Helen Mirren, John Lithgow, Keir Dullea, Madolyn Smith Osborne, Bob Balaban, Mary Jo Deschanel. Based on a novel by Arthur C. Clarke. Plot Intro: A group of scientists – a mixture of Americans and Soviets - are sent to the moons of Jupiter to find out what happened to the mission shown in ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’. Review: A good sequel that is supposed to explain what the first movie is all about. Rating:
"The Christmas Story" - Holiday comedy with Peter Billingsley, Darrin McGavin, Melinda Dillon. Plot Intro: A kid's dream gift is the Red Ryder BB gun with the compass in the stock. "You'll shoot your eye out". Review: Great fun. Has become a Christmas classic. It isn't Christmas unless you watch "The Christmas Story." Warning: Some foul language and bullying. Rating:
"Gorky Park" - Drama with William Hurt, Lee Marvin, Brian Dennehy, Ian Bannen, Joanna Pacula, Ian McDiarmid, Ian Bannen. Plot Intro: Three bodies are found in Gorky Park. Their finger tips are removed along with the skin off of their faces. Who are they, and who is their killer? Review: I watched this film the first time before I read the book. Recently I read the book and then viewed the film again. The story made a lot more sense. I thought that the book was very well constructed. The film may not be quite as good as the book, but the movie is still very good. Marvin is excellent, and Dennehy is very good. Hurt attempts to put on a British accent, not very successfully, but his acting is very good otherwise. Besides Marvin, Hurt, and Dennehy, the film includes the actor who played the Emperor in the first three Star War films (McDiarmid) and one of the leading actors in 'Waking Ned Devine'. Rating:
"King of Comedy" - Comedy with Jerry Lewis and Robert DeNiro. Plot Intro: A "Johnny Carson" type of late night show host gets kidnapped. Review: Not for everyone. It may be too dark for some. Though if you like Jerry Lewis you might like seeing him get kidnapped, and if you don't like Jerry Lewis you might like seeing him get kidnapped. It's a win - win. Rating:"Never Say Never Again" - With Sean Connery, Kim Basinger, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Barbara Carrera, Max von Sydow, Edward Fox, Rowan Atkinson. Directed by Irvin Kershner. Plot Intro: Two nuclear warheads were stolen, and Bond must find them. Review: Bond 15. Very good, but Connery is too old for this.
"Octopussy" - With Roger Moore, Lois Maxwell, Desmond Llewelyn, Maud Adams, Louis Jourdain, Robert Brown. Directed by John Glen. Plot Intro: A British agent is killed outside a circus, and James Bond is sent to investigate. He discovers a plot to explode a bomb in Germany. Review: Bond 14. Very good.
"The Return of the Jedi" - Science Fiction by George Lucas. With Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Alec Guinness, James Earl Jones. Plot Intro: The underdog Rebel Alliance somehow pulls it off. The Emperor is killed, Darth Vader dies, the new Death Star is destroyed, and the New Republic begins. Review: Very good ending to the series. Rating:
"Sudden Impact" - With Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke. Plot Intro: Harry investigates a series of murders. They all are linked to an incident at a small town carnival. Review: Some unsavory scenes. Clint is good, as usual. Rating:
"Who Will Love My Children?" - TV movie with Ann-Margret, Frederic Forrest, Cathryn Damon. Plot Intro: The mother of several children finds out she's dying of cancer. What will happen to her family? Review: Based on a true story. If I could give this more than 4 stars I would. I'm including it here even though it's a TV movie. It's an excellent movie. Ann-Margret gives a wonderful performance, and everyone in the movie is great - increasing the impact of the film. Rating:
"Blade Runner" - Science Fiction with Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, M. Emmett Walsh, Edward James Olmos, Daryl Hannah, Joanna Cassidy. Directed by Ridley Scott. Plot Intro: A former blade runner is recruited to find four replicants. Review: Amazing graphics and art direction. Rating:
"Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid" - Mystery-Comedy with Steve Martin, Rachel Ward, Carl Reiner. Plot Intro: A beautiful woman comes to a detective's office and hires him to find out who killed her father. Review: A very clever mystery-comedy which intersperses many clips from old film noir movies, making them part of the story. Ward is beautiful in the film. Rating:
"The Man From Snowy River" - With Tom Burlinson, Kirk Douglas, Sigrid Thornton. Plot Intro: A young man gets hired on a cattle ranch in Australia. He is on a quest to retrieve a horse he lost. He meets the ranch owner's daughter. Later, the owner's family secrets come out. Review: Excellent story of romance and adventure. Rating:
"Porky's" Plot Intro: High school boys are obsessed with sex, and girls know it. Review: Raunchy with foul language and nudity. Rating:
"Tootsie" - Cross-dressing comedy with Dustin Hoffman, Bill Murray, Jessica Lange, Teri Garr, Geena Davis, Dabney Coleman. Plot Intro: An out-of-work actor who runs acting workshops takes a part on an afternoon soap opera as a woman character. Things get more complicated for him than just getting in and out of his girdle. Review: Great comedy. Dustin does great as a man dressed as a woman. Lange received Best Supporting Actress Oscar. Rating:
"The Verdict" - Drama with Paul Newman. Plot Intro: A down and out lawyer in Boston sues a well-respected hospital and its doctors on behalf of a woman who dies during an operation. Review: Newman should have received Oscar for this movie. Everyone realized the mistake and gave him one for "Color of Money." These things happen. Rating:
"Body Heat" - Drama with William Hurt, Kathleen Turner, Richard Crenna, Ted Danson. Plot Intro: A local lawyer gets involved with a married woman which leads to murder. Review: Atmospheric. A loose remake of "Double Indemnity" (1944; another great flick). Another man whose brain does not work when other organs are functioning. Rating:
"Chariots of Fire" - Drama. Plot Intro: Dramatized version of the events leading up to Britain's 1924 Olympic track team competing in Paris. Will they be able to beat those Americans? Review: Received Best Picture Oscar. It seems that this film is one the people either like a lot or don't like at all. I like it. The story and the movie's main theme music are very moving. The beach running scene was filmed on the beach in St. Andrews Scotland. Rating:"For Your Eyes Only" - With Roger Moore, Lois Maxwell, Desmond Llewelyn, Topol. Directed by John Glen. Plot Intro: James Bond investigates the sinking of a British spy ship. Review: Bond 13. Very good.
"Raiders of the Lost Ark" - Adventure with Harrison Ford, Nancy Allen. Plot Intro: Indiana Jones attempts to beat the Nazis to the Ark of the Covenant. Review: Great fun. The first of the Indiana Jones films. Rating:
"Airplane!" - Comedy with Leslie Nielsen, Lloyd Bridges, Robert Stack, Peter Graves, Kareem Abdul-Jabaar. Plot Intro: Food poisoning affects the flight crew and many of the passengers on a commercial flight. A former pilot must overcome his fears to save everyone. "And stop calling me Shirley." "I guess I picked the wrong time to give up cigarettes." "Does anyone know how to fly a plane?" Review: This may be the funniest movie of all time. It hasn't aged a bit. Rating:
"The Blues Brothers" - Comedy with John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Carrie Fisher, John Candy. Directed by John Landis. Plot Intro: Two brothers are on a mission from God to save their childhood home. Review: A lot of fun. Rating:
"Caddyshack" - Comedy with Chevy Chase, Bill Murray, Rodney Dangerfield, Ted Knight. Plot Intro: A caddy must win a caddy golf tournament and then win another match in order to have enough money to go to college. He also must navigate through all of the normal problems of a teenager. It is basically a coming-of-age story. "It looks good on you though." "Be the ball." "You're lean, you're mean...." Review: Very funny. Dangerfield, Chase, and Murray make the movie what it is. Rodney steals all of his scenes. Rating:"The Empire Strikes Back" - Science Fiction by George Lucas. With Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Alec Guinness, Billy Dee Williams. Plot Intro: The Rebellion is in trouble. Their base is destroyed, and all must flee before the wrath of the emperor and Darth Vader. Review: Excellent follow up to the Star Wars blockbuster. Rating:
"Hopscotch" - Comedy with Walter Matthau, Glenda Jackson, Sam Waterston, Ned Beatty, Herbert Lom. Plot Intro: Before he can be "put out to pasture", a CIA agent teaches the agency that he still is the best. Review: This is a great film for all of us who are aging and have to deal with people who think they know it all or that we know less than nothing. I find it very entertaining and can watch it multiple times. One piece of trivia: The man from whom Matthau buys the plane has the last name of "Ludlum" which I'm sure is an "in" joke. Rating:
"Kagemusha" - Written and directed by Akira Kurosawa. Plot Intro: A clan leader (in the latter half of the 16th century in Japan) is killed at night by a sniper. The clan decides to use a double to hide the fact of his death. Review: One of the best of Kurosawa's films. A masterpiece of costume, staging, and photography. The costumes are amazing. I would recommend buying the Criterion version. The commentary by Stephen Prince is excellent. The sequence of events occurred when three leaders were vying for power: Takeda Shingen, Oda Nobunaga, and Tokugawa Ieyasu. But Shingen was dead, Nobunaga is assassinated by one of his allies, and it is Ieyasu who eventually becomes Shogun after the Battle of Sekigahara. Rating:
See my webpage A Brief History of Japan, which I wrote in conjunction with some pages I wrote about the computer game "Shogun: Total War".
Some books by Eiji Yoshikawa: I would also recommend the book "Taiko" by Eiji Yoshikawa which deals with this period but from the point of view of Nobunaga, Ieyasu, and Nobunaga's general, Hideyoshi. "Taiko" is an extremely good book, as is his book "Musashi".
"The Long Riders" - Western with Stacy Keach, James Keach, David Carradine, Keith Carradine, Robert Carradine, Randy Quaid, Dennis Quaid, Christopher Guest, Nicholas Guest, Harry Carey Jr. Plot Intro: The Jesse-Younger gang robs trains, stagecoaches, and banks after the Civil War. Review: Well-conceived movie with real life brothers playing members of the gang who were brothers. Some brief nudity. Rating:
"Nine to Five" - Comedy with Dabney Coleman, Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Dolly Parton. Plot Intro: Women who work 9 to 5 — and have to deal with a male chauvenist (Coleman) every work day — try to teach the chauvenist a lesson. Review: Tries to teach the same lesson as "Fatal Attraction" only in a light, humorous way. People deserve to be treated with respect. Rating:"Oh God! Book II" - Comedy with George Burns, Suzanne Pleshette, David Birney, Louanne Sirota, Conrad Janis, Hugh Downs, Joyce Brothers, Wilfred Hyde-White, Edie McClurg, Howard Duff, Hans Conreid. Plot Intro: God appears to a small girl and asks her to come up with a slogan for God. She is suspended from school, and nearly placed in an institution. Review: I actually liked this film better than the first. Pleshette is one of my favorite actresses, and I've always liked Burns. Groups of child actors could have made the film hard to watch, but the filmmaker had just the right amount. Rating:
"Private Benjamin" - Comedy with Goldie Hawn, Eileen Brennan, Albert Brooks, Armand Assante, Harry Dean Stanton. Plot Intro: A young woman discovers that her husband has died on their wedding night. Depressed and despondent, she is convinced by an Army recruiter to join the Army. She finds that it is not what she bargained for. Review: Some humorous moments. The theatrical version contains some nudity. Rating:
"Raging Bull" - Historical Drama with Robert DeNiro, Joe Pesci. Directed by Martin Scorsese. Plot Intro: Dramatized version of part of Jake LaMotta's life. Review: DeNiro won an Academy Award. Filmed in black and white. Brutally honest in its portrayal of the violence of boxing. One of DeNiro's and Scorsese's best. Rating:
"Alien" - Science Fiction thriller with Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Tom Skerritt, Yaphet Kotto, Veronica Cartwright. Plot Intro: A space ship answers a distress signal. One of the crew gets attacked, and the rest of the crew are threatened. Review: Very effective thriller. Just hearing the opening music is enough to make your skin crawl if you've seen the movie before. Followed by three sequels: "Aliens" (1986), "Alien 3" (1992), "Alien Resurrection" (1997). Warning: Extremely violent and scary. Not for the very young or impressionable. Rating:
"Breaking Away" - With Dennis Quaid, Daniel Stern. Plot Intro: A kid who grew up in Bloomington, Indiana is obsessed with the Italian Cinzano bicycle team. He befriends a girl who is attending the University of Indiana. After a series of events, he rides in the local bike race against teams from the university. Review: Great film. Rating:
"Manhattan" - Comedy with Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Mariel Hemingway, Meryl Streep; written and directed by Woody Allen in black and white. Plot Intro: A script writer for a TV show has dating problems and ex-wife problems. Review: Manhattan at its finest. The movie opens up with a view of Manhattan timed to Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue." Rating:"Moonraker" - With Roger Moore, Bernard Lee, Lois Maxwell, Desmond Llewelyn, Richard Kiel. Directed by Lewis Gilbert. Plot Intro: James Bond investigates the hijacking of a spaceship. Review: Bond 12. Very good.
"1941" - With Dan Ackroyd, John Belushi, John Candy, Ned Beatty, Robert Stack, Christopher Lee, Toshiro Mifune, Treat Williams, Nancy Allen, Tim Matheson, Elisha Cook Jr, Patti LuPone, Slim Pickens, Joe Flaherty, Penny Marshall. Written by Bob Gale and Bob Zemeckis. Directed by Stephen Spielberg. Plot Intro: Weeks after the attack on Pearl Harbor, the west coast of the United States is nervous about whether they are next. Chaos ensues. The film is supposed to follow the young man played by Bobby Di Cicco. He is in love with the main girl, and he runs afoul of Treat Williams, steals a uniform to get into the USO, etc. Review: Better than the initial reviews. Pretty funny stuff if you really listen and notice what is going on. One thing that might go over some peoples' heads is the fact that Christopher Lee speaks German, Toshiro Mifune speaks Japanese, and Slim Pickens speaks English with a strong Southern accent -- all in the same scene, and the all understand each other. There are also references to "Jaws" and "Dr. Strangelove" in the film. The special feature on the DVD was very interesting. Rating:
"10" - Romantic comedy with Dudley Moore, Bo Derek, Julie Andrews. Plot Intro: A middle aged man becomes obsessed with a young woman who he first sees on her way to her wedding. Review: The movie made a splash when it came out, but it doesn't hold up very well. Moore's acting can get annoying. He doesn't play a drunk very well. The film contains a lot of nudity. Rating:
"Animal House" - Comedy with John Belushi, Tim Matheson, Thomas Hulce, Peter Riegert, Donald Sutherland, Karen Allen. Plot Intro: A fraternity is suspended by their school for bad grades and bad behavior. They get even. Review: Very funny. AKA "National Lampoon's Animal House." Rating:
"The Great Train Robbery" - With Sean Connery, Donald Sutherland, Leslie-Anne Down. Written and directed by Michael Crichton. Based on Crichton's 1975 book. Plot Intro: A master criminal plans and executes the robbery of gold from a moving train. Review: hBased on a true story. Mostly based on Crichton's book about what is known as "The Great Gold Robbery of 1855" which resulted in the theft of 25000 British pounds worth of gold. The movie summarizes Crichton's account some. There are arguments about the accuracy of the account in Crichton's book. Some of these are detailed in a Wikipedia article. The true story was explained in "The First Great Train Robbery" by David C. Hanrahan. Rating:
"Annie Hall" - Comedy with Woody Allen and Diane Keaton. Plot Intro: A man has dating problems. Review: Considered by many to be one of Woody Allen's best. The film was chosen as Best Picture, and Allen received an Oscar for directing and another for screenplay. Rating:
"Close Encounters of the Third Kind" - Drama with Richard Dreyfuss, Melinda Dillon. Plot Intro: Strange things are happening in the countryside, and people are being drawn to the Devil's Tower in the Dakotas. Review: Great special effects. Dreyfuss is great as the obsessed man who has one of the close encounters. Dillon is great as the protective mother. At the beginning, some parts of the film are a little slow. For example, the opening scene is the discovery of five WW2 planes, but it seems to take forever for the reveal of what significant item was found. Rating:"Oh God!" - Comedy with George Burns, John Denver, Teri Garr, Donald Pleasance, Ralph Bellamy, William Daniels, Paul Sorvino, Dinah Shore, David Ogden Stiers. Directed by Carl Reiner Plot Intro: God appears to an assistant manager at a local food mart. Trouble starts. Review: The film made a splash when it came out, but it doesn't hold up. Denver seems to be a poor fit. Sorvino is hard to watch. It was funny to see an AMC Pacer. Rating:
"Saturday Night Fever" - With John Travolta, Karen Lynn Gorney, Sam Coppola, Donna Pescow, Fran Drescher. Plot Intro: A nearly 20 year old is about to compete again in a dance contest. He has become unsatisfied with his family, his job, his friends, and his dance partner. Then he sees a girl who can really dance. Review: This is the film that launched Travolta from being on a popular TV show to be an international star. Too much foul language. Unnecessary nudity and sex scenes. Best parts of the film are when Travolta dances (there are 3 of these scenes), the first two being the best. Rating:"The Spy Who Loved Me" - With Roger Moore, Curd Jurgens, Barbara Bach, Richard Kiel, Lois Maxwell, Desmond Llewelyn. Directed by Lewis Gilbert. Plot Intro: Bond must work with a beautiful Soviet agent to find the plans for a means to capture nuclear submarines. Review: Bond 11. Not as good as other Bond films.
"Star Wars" - Science Fiction adventure with Mark Hamill, Alec Guinness, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, James Earl Jones. Plot Intro: Long ago and far away there was a struggle between good and evil, between the powerful and the weak. The weak win against all odds. Review: A futuristic swashbuckler. A great film. Getting a little dated now. Rating:
"All the President's Men" - Historical drama with Dustin Hoffman, Robert Redford, Jason Robards, Jack Warden, Martin Balsam, Hal Holbrook. Plot Intro: The amazing story of the investigation into the events where the laws and the Constitution of the United States were twisted beyond recognition. Is this a democracy or isn't it? Review: Still appalling to watch. A great film. Rating:"The Enforcer" - With Clint Eastwood, Tyne Daly. Plot Intro: A radical group kidnaps the mayor of San Francisco and asks for money and a plane. Harry Callahan is given a very young female partner, and he is not happy about it. Review: A pretty good Dirty Harry movie. The villains are cartoonish though. Rating:
"Network" - Drama with Peter Finch, William Holden, Faye Dunaway. Plot Intro: A TV personality becomes the leader of a movement. "I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take it any more." Review: Dunaway and Finch received Oscars. Great film. Rating:
"Rocky" - Drama with Sylvester Stallone, Burgess Meredith, Talia Shire. Plot Intro: A contender for the championship belt gets his shot. Review: Received Best Film Oscar. Rating:
"The Seven Per-Cent Solution" - Detective drama with Nicol Williamson, Robert Duvall, Vanessa Redgrave, Alan Arkin, Laurence Olivier, Samantha Eggar, Joel Grey. AKA The 7% Solution. Plot Intro: Watson and Sherlock’s brother, Morcroft, trick Sherlock into trailing Moriarity to Vienna. There he meets Sigmund Freud who uses hypnosis to cure Holmes of his addiction, and the reason for Sherlock becoming a detective and his obsession about Moriarity is explained. Review: Not specifically based on any book by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. An odd teaming of actors to play Sherlock and Watson. Duvall attempts a British accent, and Arkin attempts an Austrian accent. Arkin is a little more successful. I can’t figure out how much of the film is dubbed. The sound is a little odd, like it may have been recorded in an enclosed studio. The screenplay takes details from the Sherlock Holmes writings – Sherlock’s violin playing, his use of drugs, his obsession with Moriarity, his faked death – and it creates a storyline that explains these inconsistencies and mysteries about the Sherlock system. Rating:
"The Song Remains The Same" - Concert video with The Led Zeppelin: Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, John Bonham. Plot Intro: Footage of a Led Zeppelin concert. Review: Some of the film includes fantasy dramatizations. I would rather have watched more of Led Zeppelin on stage. At one point in the first half, the camera is in a vehicle going over a bridge, and there is a US flag to the right that's at half mast. Rating:
"Dog Day Afternoon" - Drama with Al Pacino; "Attica"
Plot Intro: Two men attempt to rob a bank, but the robbery is soon discovered, and the bank is surrounded by the police. Review: A great film. Based on a true story. Rating:
"Jaws" - Drama with Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw; directed by Stephen Spielberg. Plot Intro: A shark terrorizes a beach and the nearby ocean during summer tourist season. "I think we're going to need a bigger boat." Review: A great film. Rating:
"One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" - Drama with Jack Nicholson, Christopher Lloyd, Louise Fletcher, Danny DeVito. Directed by Milos Forman.
Plot Intro: A man is committed to a mental institute. He has to learn to survive mentally while attempting to bring a sense of freedom to the other patients. Review: A great film. Received Best Film Oscar, Best Actor (Nicholson), Best Actress (Louise Fletcher), Best Director (Forman). Rating:
"Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore" - With Ellen Burstyn, Harvey Keitel, Kris Kristofferson, Alfred Lutter III, Diane Ladd, Vic Tayback, Valerie Curtin, Jodie Foster, Laura Dern. Plot Intro: A husband dies, and his wife and son travel toward Monterey California, but the settle in Tucson. Review: Inspiration for the Series "Alice". Burstyn won an Oscar for her portrayal. Some foul language and frank sex talk. Rating:
"Chinatown" - Faye Dunaway, Jack Nicholson, John Huston. Directed by Roman Polanski. Plot Intro: While investigating for a rich woman in 1930s Los Angeles, a private eye finds out that something is happening to the water. Review: A classic. One of the great films of the 1970s. A little twisted at the end. Rating:
"The Conversation" - Drama with Gene Hackman, Robert Duvall, Cindy Williams, Harrison Ford. Plot Intro: An expert in surveillance discovers a murder plot. What to do, what to do. Review: Thought provoking. Is there really any privacy in today's world? Rating:"The Godfather: Part II" - Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino, Diane Keaton, Robert Duvall; directed by Francis Ford Coppolla; Best Picture Oscar. Plot Intro: The parallel stories of two young men around the same age - the father and the son. Review: The story alternates between the young Vito (DeNiro) and the young Michael (Pacino). Some feel that this film is better than the first. I think the first is a little better.
Rating:"The Man With The Golden Gun" - With Roger Moore, Christopher Lee, Maud Adams, Britt Eckland, Lois Maxwell, Desmond Llewelyn. Directed by Guy Hamilton. Plot Intro: Bond is led to believe that an assassin is out to get him, so he tries to hunt him down, but it's a trap. Review: Bond 10. Not as good as other Bond films.
"Coffy" - Drama with Pam Grier. Plot Intro: A nurse is on the hunt for the people who got her younger sister hooked on drugs. Review: Lots of violence and lots of nudity. Rating:
"The Day of the Jackal" - Drama with Edward Fox. Plot Intro: Former members of the French military are embittered because of the fiasco in Algeria. They plot to kill President DeGaulle. Review: Based on a novel by Frederick Forsyth. Excellent film. Highly recommended. Rating:
"Electra Glide in Blue" - Mystery with Robert Blake, Elisha Cook Jr, Billy Green Bush, Mitch Ryan, Jeanine Riley. Plot Intro: A short motorcycle cop in Arizona wants to transfer to the detective division, and his chance comes when he discovers an apparent suicide of a hermit. Review: Impressively portrayed, filmed, and edited. Blake and Cook are excellent. Written and filmed at a time when hippies were portrayed as a sinister force in society, so it seems a little dated in that way, but it still comes across as well-done. Rating:"Live and Let Die" - With Roger Moore, Yaphet Kotto, Jane Seymour, Lois Maxwell, Desmond Llewelyn. Directed by Guy Hamilton. Plot Intro: A heroin dealer is trying to be more than just Mr. Big. Review: Bond 9. Roger Moore's first effort as James Bond. Very good. Not quite as gritty or athletic in appearance as Connery, but he was a good follow-up.
"Magnum Force" - Drama starring Clint Eastwood, Hal Holbrook, Robert Urich, David Soul, Tim Matheson. Plot Intro: "Dirty" Harry tracks down vigilante cops. Review: Gritty movie that shows Eastwood at his best. Rating:
"Serpico" - Drama with Al Pacino. Plot Intro: A police rookie faces corruption in all departments and at all levels of the New York City Police Department. Review: Based on a true story. Excellent film. Highly recommended. Rating:
"The Sting" - Comedy with Paul Newman and Robert Redford. Plot Intro: Con men con the biggest con in town. Review: Very humorous film. Excellent. Newman and Redford at their best. Received Best Picture Oscar. This film forever resurrected the Ragtime music of Scott Joplin and others. Rating:
"The Godfather" - Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Diane Keaton, Robert Duvall; directed by Francis Ford Coppola; based on the Mario Puzo novel; screenplay by Coppola and Puzo; Best Picture Oscar. Plot Intro: The story of a Mafia family and of the development of a young man to the most powerful position in the organization. Review: Very influential. Always on the lists of the best films of the 20th century. Excellent. The movie transitions from having Vito (Brando) as the center to having Michael (Pacino) as the center. May be too violent for some.
"Harold and Maude" - Dark comedy with Bud Cort and Ruth Gordon. Plot Intro: A love story of a young man who has suicidal tendencies and an elderly woman. Review: Gordon and Cort really get into their parts. Many may not find the film humorous. Rating:
"Bananas" - Woody Allen, Louise Lasser. Written by Woody Allen and Mickey Rose. Directed by Woody Allen. Plot Intro: A New Yorker goes to a Latin American country and gets involved in its revolution. Review: A fun Allen film. Rating:"Diamonds Are Forever" - With Sean Connery, , Lois Maxwell, Desmond Llewelyn. Directed by Guy Hamilton. Plot Intro: Bond investigates the disappearance of a shipment of diamonds and finds out they are part of a plot. Review: Bond 8. Connery returns as James Bond. Very good. Rating:
"Dirty Harry" - Drama starring Clint Eastwood. Directed by Don Siegel. Plot Intro: The San Francisco police are attempting to track down a serial killer. A member of the force who keeps "losing" partners is assigned a new one. Review: Somewhat dated. Its portrayal of how police might act departs from reality. Clint Eastwood is good though. Rating:
"The French Connection" - Drama starring Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider, Fernando Rey. Plot Intro: Police are trying to stop the flow of drugs into New York City. Review: Based on a true story. Best Picture Oscar. The film successfully set out to beat the race that occurred in "Bullitt" (1968). Rating:
"Murders in the Rue Morgue" - Mystery with Jason Robards Jr, Herbert Lom, Lilli Palmer. Plot Intro: Murders are happening at a theater where a murder mystery is dramatized. Review: Has the feel of a 1970s movie. Not necessarily a good thing. Rating:"The Return of Sabata" - With Lee Van Cleef, Ignazio Spalla. AKA "Ehi amico... c'è Sabata, hai chiuso!" Plot Intro: A small town is being "milked" by a syndicate of thieves. Review: Spaghetti western with Van Cleef. Rating:
"Support Your Local Gunfighter" - With James Garner, Suzanne Pleshette, Harry Morgan, Jack Elam, Joan Blondell. Plot Intro: Two competing groups vie for the services of a gunfighter who happens to come into town. Review: Kind of a humorous version of the Japanese film "Yojimbo". Rating:
"Walkabout" - With Jenny Agutter, Luc Roeg, David Gulpilil. Directed by Nicholas Roeg. Plot Intro: A father who is going through a depression takes his two children as far as their car will take them and then tries to kill them before killing himself. The children are left to fend for themselves in the middle of the outback where they meet a young Aborigine on his walkabout. Review: "Walkabout" must have been an arthouse film, because it includes what some would think of as artistic photography and unnecessary nudity. The film was too long and at times was boring Rating:
"Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" - With Gene Wilder. Screenplay by Raold Dahl - based on his book. Plot Intro: A poor child finds the Golden Ticket and becomes one of the kids who could win a huge prize from Willy Wonka. Review: The classic. Gene Wilder is great. Rating:
"Adios Sabata" - With Yul Brynner, Ignazio Spalla. AKA "Indio Black, sai che ti dico: Sei un gran figlio di..." Plot Intro: Revolutionaries attempt to steal a wagon-full of gold. Sabata helps Review: Spaghetti western with Yul Brynner. Rating:
"Little Big Man" - Western with Dustin Hoffman, Faye Dunaway, Chief Dan George, Martin Balsam, Richard Mulligan. Directed by Arthur Penn. Plot Intro: Jack Crabb begins to tell a young researcher the story of his life. His story begins with his parents being killed and ends with a description of his involvement in the massacre at Little Big Horn. Review: Watched "Little Big Man" recently and thoroughly enjoyed it. Hoffman and Chief Dan George are great. Rating:
"MASH" - Comedy with Donald Sutherland, Elliott Gould, Robert Duvall, Gary Burghoff. Directed by Robert Altman. Plot Intro: Surgeons in a mobile hospital try to survive the Korean War with some sanity. Review: Very funny. Excellent. Still holds up to a large extent. Rating:
"Patton" - Drama with George C. Scott. Plot Intro: A general in the U.S. Army takes part in defeating the Germans in World War II. Review: Best Picture. Quintessential George C. Scott. Rating:
"Tora Tora Tora" - War drama. Plot Intro: A detailed account of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Review: Based on the book. Much research went into the making of the film in order to ensure that the account was truthful. Some events were left out, because it was thought that the viewer would think that parts of the screenplay were untrue. Still, the film at times is painful to watch. The Japanese were so efficient. The Americans were attempting to face attacks through terrorism and sabotage rather than a bold military attack — even in the face of repeated warnings from different sources. The film is told from both the Japanese and American points of view, making it a better film than the more recent "Pearl Harbor." Rating:
"Anne of a Thousand Days" - Drama with Richard Burton, Geneviève Bujold, Anthony Quayle. Plot Intro: About one of Henry VIII's wives and how she lost her head. Review: Excellent. Rating:
"The Battle of Britain" - War Drama with Laurence Olivier, Trevor Howard, Christopher Plummer, Michael Caine, Michael Redgrave, Ralph Richardson, Robert Shaw. Plot Intro: Britain is trying to survive the bombing by their enemies. Review: Based on the true story of the British air force hanging on at the beginning of World War 2. Rating:
"Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" - Western with Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Katharine Ross. Plot Intro: Two bandits attempt to avoid a posse that is chasing them. Review: Very entertaining pairing of the two actors. Rating:
"The Italian Job" - With Michael Caine, Noel Coward, Benny Hill, Rossanno Brazzi. Plot Intro: A crew of British burglars plot to steal a shipment of gold in Turin/Torani Italy. Review: A Michael Caine vehicle. Sometimes it is hard to follow the plot. Rating:"On Her Majesty's Secret Service" - With George Lazenby, Telly Savalas, Lois Maxwell, Desmond Llewelyn. Directed by Peter R. Hunt. Plot Intro: Space ships are being hijacked, and Bond must find out who is doing it and why. Review: Bond 7. Excellent James Bond picture; some consider it to be the best. Lazenby is great. His voice was dubbed for the film's release due to his strong Australian accent.
"Ring of Bright Waters" - With Bill Travers, Virginia McKenna, Peter Jeffrey. Plot Intro: A man adopts an otter and moves to Scotland where he meets a doctor with a dog. Review: Endearing story. I enjoy this every time I watch it. Great kids film (though there is one scene that might be upsetting). Rating:"Sabata" - With Lee Van Cleef, Ignazio Spalla. AKA "Ehi amico... c'è Sabata, hai chiuso!" Plot Intro: Several people rob a safe in order to buy property through which the railroad will run. They have to deal with Sabata. Review: Spaghetti western with Van Cleef. Rating:
"Support Your Local Sheriff" - With James Garner, Joan Hackett, Harry Morgan, Walter Brennan, Bruce Dern, Jack Elam. Plot Intro: A cowboy who is on his way to Australia comes into a town that is going through the gold rush. Review: Humorous western. Garner is always good at this kind of character. It's where he made his living. The film is full of character actors. Brennan, in one of his last films, gives a great performance. Hackett is great as the clumsy love interest. Followed up in 1971 with "Support Your Local Gunfighter.". Rating:
"True Grit" - With John Wayne, Glen Campbell, Robert Duvall, Dennis Hopper, Strother Martin, Kim Darby. Plot Intro: A young girl's father is killed. She hires Rooster Cogburn to track him down. A Texas lawman joins them in the hunt. Review: A very good John Wayne western. Darby was in her early 20s when she made this film. One thing I noticed at the beginning was the interior shots. Most of them are too well lit. The film could have used some film noir-like lighting in some of the scenes. Remade in 2010. Rating:
"Bullitt" - With Steve McQueen, Jacqueline Bissett, Robert Vaughn, Robert Duvall. Plot Intro: A policeman is assigned to protect a witness. The witness is killed, and he tries to track down the killers. Review: Very good cop drama. Excellent car chases. Rating:
"Day of the Evil Gun" - With Glenn Ford, Arthur Kennedy, Dean Jagger, Harry Dean Stanton, . Plot Intro: A man leaves his home after killing someone in self defense. He comes home to find that his wife had been involved with another man, and then she had been kidnapped (along with their two daughters) by Indians. He sets out to find them. Review: Very good western. Somewhat cliche today, but Ford is appropriately intense. Rating:
"Oliver!" - Direcred by Carol Reed. Musical adaptation of Charles Dickens's "Oliver Twist". Plot Intro: An orphan goes through some hard times. Review: Great Film. Memorable music. Received Best Film Academy Award. Rating:
"The Producers" - With Zero Mostel, Gene Wilder, Dick Shawn, Lee Meredith, Christopher Hewett. Written and Directed by Mel Brooks. Plot Intro: An accountant suggests the idea to sell more shares than are available, choose a script that is sure to fail, close the play after one showing, and pocket the ill-gotten gains. Unfortunately, the play is a huge hit. Review: Gets more and more funny as the movie progresses. It is more funny to me now than when I first saw it. Mostel and Wilder are great, and Dick Shawn is extremely funny. Rating:"2001: A Space Odyssey" - Sci-fi with Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood. Based on a novel by Arthur C. Clarke. Directed by Stanley Kubrick. Plot Intro: From the beginning of mankind to the discovery of life on one of Jupiter’s moons. The movie begins with the conflict between two primitive groups of men at the dawn of mankind. One group discovers how to use primitive weapons and drives the other group off. The film transitions to a group of scientists traveling to the moons of Jupiter where a monolith was discovered. They are never heard from again. Another group of scientists are sent to discover what happened to them. The computer on the "rescue" ship, HAL 9000, has been created to be able to mimic human thought and emotions. It becomes kind of defensive. Review: Movie based on an Arthur C. Clarke book. HAL. The film explores the basic nature of man to survive and dominate. And it explores how our basic selves are essentially the world we relate to. At times it seems that the moviemaker was intent on making something that should be viewed while on LSD. Rating:
"Where Eagles Dare" - With Richard Burton, Clint Eastwood. Plot Intro: A US General is captured by the Germans, and he must be rescued before he reveals too much. Review: I've watched the film, and I've read descriptions of the plot. I still don't get it. First he's a general, then he's a corporal. If he is a corporal, why do they send a team to extricate him? I came to the conclusion that the screenwriter was trying to put in so many surprises that the script and the movie became too confusing. Rating:
"Casino Royale" - With David Niven, Peter Sellers, Ursula Andress, Orson Welles, Woody Allen, Deborah Kerr, William Holden, Charles Boyer, John Huston, George Raft. Plot Intro: After James Bond retires, he is called back to save civilization. Review: Bond 6. A take-off or parody of the Bond films. Might be interesting to some for how it reflects the time period.
"The Dirty Dozen" - Lee Marvin, Ernest Borgnine, James Brown, Telly Savalas, John Casavetes Plot Intro: A military group is formed who are sent to wreak havoc behind enemy lines in World War 2. Review: Very good war drama with memorable characters and very good action scenes. Rating:
"Frankenstein Created Woman" - With Peter Cushing, Susan Denberg. Plot Intro: Frankenstein's assistants reanimate him after being dead for an hour in order to prove the soul never left his body. Frankenstein also reanimates a young woman who seeks revenge on those who tormented her, killed her father, and framed her boyfriend. Review: If you are really interested in Frankenstein movies, and if you are really interested in Hammer Film Production movies, then this movie is for you. Rating:
"The Graduate" - Comedy with Dustin Hoffman, Ann Bancroft, Katherine Ross, William Daniels, Buck Henry; Simon and Garfunkle soundtrack; directed by Mike Nichols. Plot Intro: A young man, fresh out of college, has to endure his parents and their friends before discovering what he really wants out of life. Review: A great comedy once you realize that the story is about a young man on whom everything happens. His desires are virtually ignored. The film launched Dustin Hoffman's film career. Plastics. Look for Norman Fell and a short appearance by Richard Dreyfuss. The DVD has an interview of Dustin on it that I highly recommend. Rating:
"In the Heat of the Night" - With Rod Steiger, Sidney Poitier, Warren Oates, Lee Grant. Directed by Norman Jewison. Based on the book by John Ball. Plot Intro: A black man is arrested at the train station in Sparta, Mississippi. The town had found a very rich man dead on their street, and they assumed that since the young black man has money in his wallet, he is the murderer. But the man turns out to be a Philadelphia homocide detective. He is assigned by his superior in Philadelphia to help in the investigation. Review: Excellent combination of two great actors with a very good script. Rod Steiger received an Oscar, and the film was given the Academy Award for Best Film.
Rating:"You Only Live Twice" - With Sean Connery, Donald Pleasance, Lois Maxwell, Desmond Llewelyn. Directed by Gilbert Lewis. Screenplay by Roald Dahl. Plot Intro: Space ships are being hijacked, and Bond must find out who is doing it and why. Review: Bond 5. Very good. Fun to watch Connery.
"Born Free" - Drama with Virginia McKenna, Bill Travers. Plot Intro: A lion cub is raised by two people who decide to try to put the grown up lioness back in the wild. Review: A great theme song highlights this film based on a true story. Rating:
"Cat Ballou" - Western musical comedy with Jane Fonda, Lee Marvin, Dwayne Hickman, Nat King Cole. Plot Intro: A young girl comes home to find that her father is under threat. After he is killed, she hires a killer to avenge him. Review: An odd western musical comedy. Did not age well. Rating:
"Closely Watched Trains" - From Czechoslovakia with subtitles. Plot Intro: During the German occupation of Czechoslovakia, a young man follows in his father's footsteps to work for the train company. He has his first affair. Review: Best Foreign Film Oscar of the year. Rating:
"The Deadly Affair" - Drama with James Mason, Simone Signoret, Maximilian Schell, Lynn Redgrave. Based on John LeCarré's "Call For the Dead". Plot Intro: Solving a mystery hangs on a call for a dead man. Review: Based on John LeCarré's book "Call for the Dead". LeCarré's stories always have interesting twists. LeCarré was an alternative in the 60s to Fleming's type of spy. Rating:
"A Funeral in Berlin" - With Michael Caine, Oskar Homolka. Based on Len Deighton's novel. Plot Intro: A British agent is sent to Berlin to connect with a defector. Review: A good mid-60s espionage movie. Caine is good as the agent. Deighton was an alternative to Fleming's type of spy. Rating:
"Harper" - Mystery with Paul Newman, Lauren Bacall, Robert Wagner, Janet Leigh, Shelley Winters, Harold Gould, Strother Martin. Based on "The Moving Target" by Ross Macdonald. Plot Intro: A rich wife hires a detective to find her missing husband. Review: The movie has great people in it, and the screenplay was by William Goldman who wrote many (if not all) of the "Columbo" episodes. Rating:
"A Man For All Seasons" - Costume drama with Paul Scofield, Wendy Hiller, Leo McKern, Orson Welles, Robert Shaw, Nigel Davenport, Susannah York, John Hurt, Corin Redgrave, Colin Blakely. Plot Intro: Based on the true story of Sir Thomas More. Henry VIII wants to get a divorce, and he needs More's public approval.. Review: Classic, high-quality drama. Events take place at a time when loyalty to the king and religious persuasion pulled people in different directions. Excellent. Rating:
"One Million Years BC" - Fantasy with Raquel Welch, John Richardson. Plot Intro: A cave man is cast out from his tribe and finds another tribe. But he wears out his welcome there as well. Review: A silly film. More of a 'B' movie than anything serious. Noteworthy for starring Welch. Could be watched on mute - and maybe in fast-forward. Rating:
"Our Man In Marrakesh" - Spy comedy with Tony Randall, Senta Berger, Terry-Thomas, Herbert Lom, Wilfred Hyde-White, Klaus Kinski. AKA "Bang Bang Your Dead". Plot Intro: An oil executive flies into Marrakesh and gets sucked into espionage. Review: Randal and Berger are good. Randall is good as a "fish out of water." Rating:
"The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming!" - With Carl Reiner, Alan Arkin, Eva Marie Saint, Brian Keith, Jonathan Winters. Directed by Norman Jewison. Plot Intro: A Soviet sub runs aground off New England. The crew is desperate to find a way to dislodge their sub. They go into a nearby town. One thing leads to another. Review: I remember seeing this when I was young. The humor was more subtle than what I liked at the time. I saw the film recently, and I was surprised how much I enjoyed it. Rating:
"The Sand Pebbles" - Drama with Steve McQueen, Richard Crenna, Candice Bergen, Richard Attenborough, Gavin MacLeod. Plot Intro: A US river gunboat in 1926 attempts to protect American citizens against the Nationalists and the Bolsheviks, but things get complicated. Review: Not sure if any of the movie relates to historical events. McQueen is very good, and Bergen does well. Rating:
"Arizona Raiders" - Western with Audie Murphy, Buster Crabbe. Plot Intro: Quantrill's Raiders created havoc in Missouri until the end of the war. Quantrill was dead, but the gang got back together and began operating in Arizona. A former member of the Raiders is given a chance to work undercover. Review: Murphy is his usual tough self. Rating:
"How to Murder Your Wife" - Comedy with Jack Lemmon, Virna Lisi, Terry-Thomas, Claire Trevor, Eddie Mayehoff. Plot Intro: A comic strip author gets married to an Italian beauty after getting a little too drunk at a party. She turns his life upside-down. He then plots to murder his wife. Review: Humorous with some good acting by the character actors. Rating:
"The Satan Bug" - With George Maharis, Richard Basehart, Anne Francis, Dana Andrews, Edward Asner, Frank Sutton. Plot Intro: Some people die at a germ warfare facility, and at first it is thought that that it was an accident. But investigators realize that some of the flasks are missing. Review: Interesting to see Asner and Sutton in this film. Some tense moments that end up as kidnapping. Rating:
"The Sound of Music" - Musical with Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer. Plot Intro: A girl is sent to be the governess for several children of a widower. Review: Great film with great music. Best Picture Oscar. Julie Andrews received Best Actress Academy Award. Rating:"Thunderball" - With Sean Connery, Adolfo Celi, Lois Maxwell, Desmond Llewelyn. Directed by Terence Young. Plot Intro: Two nuclear bombs are stolen, and Bond is sent to find out where they are and prevent disaster. Review: Bond 4. Very good. Fun to watch Connery.
"Goldfinger" - With Sean Connery, Gert Fröbe, Lois Maxwell, Desmond Llewelyn. Directed by Guy Hamilton. Plot Intro: James Bond investigates gold smuggling. Review: Bond 3. Very good. Fun to watch Connery.
"The Gorgon" - With Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee. Plot Intro: The spirit of one of the gorgons inhabits a young woman, and bad things happen at the full moon. Review: Another Hammer Film production. Good color. Weak story. Rating:
"The Last Man on Earth" - Horror film with Vincent Price. Black & white. Plot Intro: A disease makes people into undead vampires. A scientist becomes a vampire hunter during the day, making stakes by night. Review: Somewhat interesting twist on zombies and vampires. Rating:
"Man's Favorite Sport" - Rock Hudson, Paula Prentiss. Plot Intro: A man who poses as an expert in fly-fishing is sent to a camp where they will be having a fly-fishing competition. Review: I find this film fun to watch. One of my favorites. Much of film based on "Bringing Up Baby", fishing scenes based on "Libeled Lady". Recently watched the film, and it really holds up. Prentiss steals the scenes she is in. She's a joy to watch. Hudson is very funny throughout the film, but particularly the fishing scenes. Rating:
"My Fair Lady" - Audrey Hepburn, Rex Harrison, Stanley Holloway, Theodore Bikel. Directed by George Cukor. Screenplay by Alan Lerner. Plot Intro: A professor makes a bet with a friend that he can transform a flower girl into someone who would fool nobility with her manners and accent. Review: Excellent. A classic. Best Picture Academy Award. Rating:
"The Pink Panther" - Peter Sellers, David Niven, Robert Wagner, Capucine. Directed by Blake Edwards. Plot Intro: A thief targets a princess and her huge jewel that has the image of a pink panther in it. Review: Great movie. One of my favorites. The combination of Peter Sellers, David Niven, Robert Wagner, and the other actors are perfect. Rating:
"Robin and the 7 Hoods" - Musical-comedy-drama with Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Peter Falk, Bing Crosby, Sammy Davis Jr, Victor Buono, Barbara Rush. Plot Intro: The ups and downs of some Chicago hoods during a gang war. Review: Another chance to for the Rat Pack to get together (they made 'Ocean's 11' in 1960), only this time they get to sing. Includes the very popular hit of Sinatra - 'My Kind of Town (Chicago Is)'. Rating:
"7 Faces of Dr. Lao" - Western fantasy with Tony Randall, Barbara Eden, Arthur O'Connell, Wallace Beery Jr. Plot Intro: A magician and his circus come to a western town that is in danger of being bought by a local tychoon. Review: Might be entertaining for some. Kind of formulaic with primitive special effects at times. Rating:
"The Train" - Paul Scofield, Burt Lancaster, Jeanne Moreau. Directed by John Frankenheimer. Plot Intro: A Nazi officer (Scofield) attempts to steal all the art in France before the Allies overrun his train. The French Resistance (led by a character played by Lancaster) attempt to stop him. Review: Excellent black-and-white movie. Rating:
"Bye Bye Birdie" - Musical with Ann-Margret, Dick Van Dyke, Janet Leigh, Maureen Stapleton, Bobby Rydell, Paul Lynde. Plot Intro: A major rock 'n' roll star is about to be drafted into the army, and his manager and his song writer plan a last event for him. He will kiss a lucky fan before going into the service. Review: Somewhat reminscent of Elvis Presley going into the army, though no events like this occurred in his career. The movie doesn't necessarily age well. It's reminds me of a movie that is stage-bound, being transferred form a play to film, though my understanding is that it is based on a book. Some of the songs are entertaining, but it is Ann-Margret who steals the movie. She sizzles. Rating:
"Dr. Strangelove" - Peter Sellers. Also known as, "Dr. Strangelove - Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb". Plot Intro: The commander of a military base kind of goes crazy with the right-wing propaganda, and he decides to take matters into his own hands. Review: Excellent black-and-white movie. Peter Sellers portrays several characters - all very well. Rating:"From Russia With Love" - With Sean Connery, Robert Shaw, Lois Maxwell, Desmond Llewelyn. Directed by Terence Young. Plot Intro: Bond is sent to Turkey to track down an electronic device, but it's a trap. Review: Bond 2. Very good. Fun to watch Connery. Rating:
"The Great Escape" - James Garner, Steve McQueen, Richard Attenborough, Charles Bronson, Donald Pleasance, James Coburn, David McCallum. Directed by John Sturges. Plot Intro: World War 2 prisoners who have a record of escape attempts are put into a supposedly escape-proof camp. Review: Excellent movie with a great sound track. Rating:
"Lilies of the Field" - With Sidney Poitier, Lilia Skala, Stanley Adams, Dan Frazer. Plot Intro: An ex-GI who was passing through is traveling through the southwest US when he has car trouble. He stops at a convent run by nuns who escaped from East Germany. The mother superior believes that he is sent by God to build them a chapel. Review: Great film. Poitier won an Best Actor Academy Award. Rating:
"The Old Dark House" - With Tom Poston, Robert Morley. Plot Intro: A friend invites a young man to his family's home, and then he dies. And it gets weirder. Review: Low budget, low interest thriller. Rating:
"Tom Jones" - Romantic comedy with Albert Finney, Susannah York, Lynn Redgrave. Plot Intro: An abandoned baby boy grows up to love the opposite sex - many times. Review: Best Picture Academy Award of 1963. Rating:
"Burn Witch, Burn" - With Peter Wyngarde, Janet Blair, Margaret Johnston, Kathleen Byron. Plot Intro: A college professor finds out that his wife has been using witchcraft to keep bad events from happening to them. He's a skeptic, so he burns everything. Review: Most movies I've seen that involve witchcraft in the plot have a comedic slant. This is one of the exceptions. It is an effective plot, and the movie is well-acted. Rating:
"Chushingura" - With Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Daisuke Katô. AKA "The 47 Ronin" or "The 47 Samurai". Directed by Hiroshi Inagaki. Plot Intro: Set in 1701, 47 loyal samurai seek revenge for the death of their lord. Review: Great historical Japanese costume drama. The Shogun's castle alone is worth watching this classic. Rating:"Dr. No" - With Sean Connery, Joseph Wiseman, Jack Lord, Lois Maxwell, Desmond Llewelyn, Ursula Andress. Directed by Guy Hamilton. Plot Intro: James Bond investigates a murder in Jamaica and some odd things related to the space program. Review: Bond 1. Very good start to the Bond series. Fun to watch Connery.
"The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance" - James Stewart, Lee Marvin, John Wayne. Plot Intro: A lawyer moves west and encounters the worst outlaw, Liberty Valance. Review: One of the great westerns. One of the greatest movies. Noticed after multiple viewings that John Wayne's character's last name was Doniphon. Rating:
"Lawrence of Arabia" - Peter O'Toole, Omar Sharif, Anthony Quinn, Alec Guinness. Plot Intro: A lawyer moves west and encounters the worst outlaw, Liberty Valance. Review: One of the greatest movies. Widescreen/letterbox recommended. Best Picture Oscar. Rating:
"Lolita" - Romantic drama with James Mason, Shelley Winters, Sue Lyon, Peter Sellers. Plot Intro: A professor takes a vacation and rents a room from a single mother. He becomes enamored with the her teenage daughter. Review: A weird beginning and end of the movie that should have been combined at the end. Mostly titillating. Winters has the kind of voice that makes the film hard to watch. Rating:
"The Longest Day" - War drama with John Wayne, Eddie Albert, Paul Anka, Richard Burton, Red Buttons, Sean Connery. Plot Intro: A dramatization of the events of D-Day. Review: John Wayne against Hitler. Rating:
"Waltz of the Toreadors" - With Peter Sellers, Dany Robin, Margaret Leighton, Prunella Scales, Cyril Cusack, John Fraser. Plot Intro: An old general can't give up some of the things of his youth, and fidelity in his marriage is not one of his priorities. On one trip to Paris with his wife he meets a young woman. They dance to the music 'Waltz of the Toreadors'. Review: The humor of the film doesn't age well - something that could be said for many comedies of the period. It's unfortunate, since Peter Sellers was such a talented actor. Rating:
"ZOTZ!" - With Tom Poston, Jim Backus. Plot Intro: An ancient language professor discovers a coin-medallion that gives him the power to use the word zotz. Review: I watched the movie for Poston and Backus, but it is a silly film. Rating:
"The Hustler" - Paul Newman, Jackie Gleason. Plot Intro: A cocky pool player meets his match. Review: A classic. One of the best Paul Newman films. Rating:
"The Roman Summer of Mrs. Stone" - With Vivien Leigh, Warren Beatty, Jill St John, Carl Jaffe, Lotte Lenya. Plot Intro: A struggling middle-aged actress retires to Rome after her husband dies. She begins a relationship with a handsome young man. Review: Leigh, Beatty, and Lenya are very good. Rating:
"Two Rode Together" - Western with James Stewart, Richard Widmark, Shirley Jones, Linda Cristal, Andy Devine. Directed by John Ford. Plot Intro: A marshal gets roped into a mission to find kids who were kidnapped by the Commanches. Review: Kind of rehashed material with an attempt at some humor by Stewart and Widmark. Cristal does well in a sympathetic part. Rating:
"West Side Story" - Musical drama with Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Russ Tamblyn, Rita Moreno, George Chakiris. Plot Intro: Inner City conflict between two gangs. Everyone breaks out in singing and dancing. Review: High quality musical based on a Broadplay play. Best Picture Academy Award of 1961. Rating:
"Yojimbo" - With Toshiro Mifune, Daisuke Katô, Takashi Shimura; written and directed by Akira Kurosawa; AKA "Yôjinbô". Plot Intro: A clever samurai arrives at a town that is split into two factions at war. He works for the highest bidder. Review: Excellent film. Inspired "A Fistful of Dollars" ("Per un pugno di dollari"). Rating:
"The Apartment" - Drama with Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, Fred MacMurray. Plot Intro: Executives keep an apartment where they can take girls from the secretarial pool. A young executive has to maintain it. Review: Best Picture Academy Award of 1960. Rating:
"The Magnificent Seven" - Western drama with Yul Brynner, Eli Wallach, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, Robert Vaughn, Brad Dexter, James Coburn. Directed by John Sturges. Plot Intro: Seven gunfighters volunteer to help a small village preyed on by bandits. Review: Based on Kurosawa's "The Seven Samurai". Rating:
"The Millionairess" - With Peter Sellers, Sophia Loren, Alistair Sim. Plot Intro: A millionairess was given a test by her father before he died. She applies the test to each potential husband. She meets a young doctor who is not interested in marrying her. It becomes a challenge. Review: Very hard to watch. Rating:
"Ocean's 11" - Drama with Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Peter Lawford, Sammy Davis Jr, Joey Bishop, Angie Dickinson, Cesar Romero, Richard Conte, Shirley MacLaine, Red Skelton, George Raft, Richard Boone, Hoot Gibson. Plot Intro: Army buddies decide to do a heist in Las Vegas. Review: A chance for the Rat Pack and their friends and family to be in a major movie together. Good to see these guys in their prime. Rating:
"Psycho" - Suspense with Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh; directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Plot Intro: Strange things are happening at a remote motel. Review: Another great film from Alfred Hitchcock. Rating:
"Spartacus" - Drama with Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Jean Simmons, Charles Laughton, Peter Ustinov, John Ireland, Herbert Lom. Directed by Stanley Kubrick. Plot Intro: A slave rebels and is joined by other slaves. The rebellion spreads. Review: Drama based on the historical uprising of slaves led by Spartacus in what is now Italy in 73 BCE. Rating: