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Movies of 1989

'Back to the Future Part II' - With Michael J Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Thomas F Wilson, Elisabeth Shue, Elijah Wood.
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: starstarstarno star
  • Back to the Future (1985).
  • Back to the Future Part III (1990).
  • '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: starstarstarhalf star
  • My review of 'Batman Returns' (1992).
  • My review of 'Batman Forever' (1995).
  • My review of 'Batman & Robin' (1997).
  • My review of 'Batman Begins' (2005).
  • My review of 'The Dark Knight' (2008).
  • My review of 'The Dark Knight Rises' (2012).
  • '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: starstarstarstar

    '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: starstarstarhalf star

    'Eddie and the Cruisers II: Eddie Lives' - With Michael Paré.
    Plot Intro: The singer who everyone thinks is dead is actually living under an assumed name. He is rediscovered.
    Review: If you liked the first movie, you might want to see the sequel. It's better if you've seen the 1983 movie. Everything is obviously dubbed, but most of the music is good to listen to.
    Rating: starstarhalf starno star
  • My Review of 'Eddie and the Cruisers' (1983)
  • '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: starstarhalf starno star
  • My review of 'Fletch' (1985)
  • '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: starstarstarhalf star

    '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: starstarstarno star
  • My review of 'Raiders of the Lost Ark' (1981)
  • My review of 'Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom' (1984)
  • My review of 'Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull' (2008)
  • '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: starstarstarhalf star
  • My review of Lethal Weapon (1987).
  • '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: starstarstarno star
  • Bond1. My review of 'Dr. No' (1962).
  • Bond2. My review of 'From Russia With Love' (1963).
  • Bond3. My review of 'Goldfinger' (1964).
  • Bond4. My review of 'Thunderball' (1965).
  • Bond5. My review of 'You Only Live Twice' (1967).
  • Bond6. My review of 'Casino Royale' (1967).
  • Bond7. My review of 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service' (1969).
  • Bond8. My review of 'Diamonds Are Forever' (1971).
  • Bond9. My review of 'Live and Let Die' (1973).
  • Bond10. My review of 'The Man With The Golden Gun' (1974).
  • Bond11. My review of 'The Spy Who Loved Me' (1977).
  • Bond12. My review of 'Moonraker' (1979).
  • Bond13. My review of 'For Your Eyes Only' (1981).
  • Bond14. My review of 'Octopussy' (1983).
  • Bond15. My review of 'Never Say Never Again' (1983).
  • Bond16. My review of 'A View To A Kill' (1985).
  • Bond17. My review of 'The Living Daylights' (1987).
  • Bond19. My review of 'GoldenEye' (1995).
  • Bond20. My review of 'Tomorrow Never Dies' (1997).
  • Bond21. My review of 'The World Is Not Enough' (1997).
  • Bond22. My review of 'Casino Royale' (2006).
  • Bond23. My review of 'Quantum of Solace' (2008).
  • Bond24. My review of 'Skyfall' (2012).
  • Bond25. My review of 'Spectre' (2015).
  • 'Roger and Me' - Documentary by Michael Moore.
    Plot Intro: Moore attempts to interview the CEO of GM about why there are killer layoffs in Flint, Michigan.
    Review: The film had an impact on making Americans think about our economy - and our emphasis on cheap foreign goods. Added to the National Film Registry of The Library of Congress in 2013.
    Rating: starstarstarstar

    '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: starstarhalf starno star

    'Uncle Buck' - Comedy with John Candy, Macauley Culkin, Gaby Hoffman, Jean Louisa Kelly, Amy Madigan, Laurie Metcalf.
    Plot Intro: A down-on-his-luck Uncle is asked to baby-sit with his nieces and nephew.
    Review: Some comedy in the first half, and some drama in the second half. Candy is great. Culkin and Hoffman are very good. Kelly does good.
    Rating: starstarhalf starno star

    '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: starstarstarHalf star

    Movies of 1988

    'Big' - Romantic comedy with Tom Hanks, Robert Loggia, Elizabeth Perkins, John Heard, Mercedes Ruehl, Jon Lovitz, Jared Rushton, Debra Jo Rupp.
    Plot Intro: A kid gets his wish to be 'big', and has to leave home for the big city where he gets a job as a toy company executive.
    Review: One of Tom Hanks's early films where he makes a splash. Still holds up - kind of. Question: How does Josh's friend get to the city and then back home late at night? Question 2: Who thought it would be a good idea for there to be a trampoline near glass windows in an upper floor apartment?
    Rating: starstarstarno star

    '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: starstarstarhalf star

    '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: starstarstarno star

    '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: starstarstarstar
  • My review of 'Die Hard 2' (1990)
  • My review of 'Die Harder: Die With a Vengeance' or 'Die Hard 3' (1995)
  • My review of 'Live Free or Die Hard' or 'Die Hard 4' (2007).
  • My review of 'A Good Day To Die Hard' or 'Die Hard 5' (2013).
  • '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: starstarhalf starno star

    '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: starstarstarno star

    '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: starno starno starno star

    '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: starstarstarstar

    '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: starstarstarhalf star
  • My review of 'Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear' (1991)
  • My review of 'Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult' (1994)
  • '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: starstarstarhalf star

    '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: starhalf starno starno star

    'Stand and Deliver' - With Edward James Olmos, Lou Diamond Phillips.
    Plot Intro: A high school teacher inspires his students to learn calculus.
    Review: Based on an inspiring true story. Added to the National Film Registry of The Library of Congress in 2011.
    Rating: starstarstarstar

    '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: starstarstarno star

    'Thin Blue Line' - Documentary by Errol Morris.
    Plot Intro: A man is railroaded by an incompetent system in Texas.
    Review: Important film about how the justice system can end up broken. Added to the National Film Registry of The Library of Congress in 2001.
    Rating: starstarstarstar

    '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: starstarstarno star

    '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. Added to the National Film Registry of The Library of Congress in 2016.
    Rating: starstarstarno star

    Movies of 1987

    '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: starstarstarstar

    '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: starstarstarhalf star

    '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: starstarstarstar
  • My review of Lethal Weapon 2 (1989)
  • '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: starstarstarno star
  • Bond1. My review of 'Dr. No' (1962).
  • Bond2. My review of 'From Russia With Love' (1963).
  • Bond3. My review of 'Goldfinger' (1964).
  • Bond4. My review of 'Thunderball' (1965).
  • Bond5. My review of 'You Only Live Twice' (1967).
  • Bond6. My review of 'Casino Royale' (1967).
  • Bond7. My review of 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service' (1969).
  • Bond8. My review of 'Diamonds Are Forever' (1971).
  • Bond9. My review of 'Live and Let Die' (1973).
  • Bond10. My review of 'The Man With The Golden Gun' (1974).
  • Bond11. My review of 'The Spy Who Loved Me' (1977).
  • Bond12. My review of 'Moonraker' (1979).
  • Bond13. My review of 'For Your Eyes Only' (1981).
  • Bond14. My review of 'Octopussy' (1983).
  • Bond15. My review of 'Never Say Never Again' (1983).
  • Bond16. My review of 'A View To A Kill' (1985).
  • Bond18. My review of 'License to Kill' (1989).
  • Bond19. My review of 'GoldenEye' (1995).
  • Bond20. My review of 'Tomorrow Never Dies' (1997).
  • Bond21. My review of 'The World Is Not Enough' (1997).
  • Bond22. My review of 'Casino Royale' (2006).
  • Bond23. My review of 'Quantum of Solace' (2008).
  • Bond24. My review of 'Skyfall' (2012).
  • Bond25. My review of 'Spectre' (2015).
  • '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: starstarstarstar
  • My review of 'Jean de Florette' (1986)
  • '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. Added to the National Film Registry of The Library of Congress in 2016.
    Rating: starstarstarno star

    '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: starstarstarhalf star
  • My review of 'Cyrano de Bergerac' (1990)
  • '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: starstarstarno star

    '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: starstarhalf starno star
  • My review of 'Three Men and a Little Lady' (1990)
  • Movies of 1986

    '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: starstarstarno star
  • My review of 'Alien' (1979)
  • '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: starstarhalf starno star

    '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. Added to the National Film Registry of The Library of Congress in 2014.
    Rating: starstarstarhalf star

    'Hoosiers' - Drama starring Gene Hackman.
    Plot Intro: The story of a basketball coach and his team in basketball-crazy Indiana.
    Review: Very good film. Added to the National Film Registry of The Library of Congress in 2001.
    Rating: starstarstarno star

    '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: starstarstarstar

    '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: starstarstarhalf star

    '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: starstarstarNo star

    '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: starstarstarno star

    '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: starstarstarno star

    '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: starstarstarno star

    'Top Gun' - With Tom Cruise, Val Kilmer, Kelly McGillis, Anthony Edwards, Tom Skerritt, Tim Robbins, Meg Ryan. Directed by Tony Scott
    Plot Intro: Students at the US Navy weapons school.
    Review: A classic of the 1980s. Tom Cruise made quite an impression. Added to the National Film Registry of The Library of Congress in 2015.
    Rating: starstarstarno star

    Movies of 1985

    '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. Added to the National Film Registry of The Library of Congress in 2007.
    Rating: starstarstarhalf star
  • Back to the Future Part II (1989).
  • Back to the Future Part III (1990).
  • '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: starstarstarno star

    'The Breakfast Club' - With Ally Sheedy, Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson, Anthony Michael Hall. Written and directed by John Hughes.
    Plot Intro: High school kids have to be in detention, but they are all from different groups of the school - nerds, jocks, etc.
    Review: Has become a classic teenage-oriented movie. Added to the National Film Registry of The Library of Congress in 2016.
    Rating: starstarstarstar

    '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: starstarhalf starno star
  • My review of 'Fletch Lives' (1989)
  • '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: starstarstarstar

    'Teen Wolf' - Comedy with Michael J Fox.
    Plot Intro: A high school student finds out that a streak of werewolf runs in his family. At first he is shocked, but then he becomes somewhat of a celebrity.
    Review: Fox elevated this movie to be more successful than it would have been without him. More like a TV movie.
    Rating: starstarno starno star

    '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.
    Rating: starstarhalf starno star
  • Bond1. My review of 'Dr. No' (1962).
  • Bond2. My review of 'From Russia With Love' (1963).
  • Bond3. My review of 'Goldfinger' (1964).
  • Bond4. My review of 'Thunderball' (1965).
  • Bond5. My review of 'You Only Live Twice' (1967).
  • Bond6. My review of 'Casino Royale' (1967).
  • Bond7. My review of 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service' (1969).
  • Bond8. My review of 'Diamonds Are Forever' (1971).
  • Bond9. My review of 'Live and Let Die' (1973).
  • Bond10. My review of 'The Man With The Golden Gun' (1974).
  • Bond11. My review of 'The Spy Who Loved Me' (1977).
  • Bond12. My review of 'Moonraker' (1979).
  • Bond13. My review of 'For Your Eyes Only' (1981).
  • Bond14. My review of 'Octopussy' (1983).
  • Bond15. My review of 'Never Say Never Again' (1983).
  • Bond17. My review of 'The Living Daylights' (1987).
  • Bond18. My review of 'License to Kill' (1989).
  • Bond19. My review of 'GoldenEye' (1995).
  • Bond20. My review of 'Tomorrow Never Dies' (1997).
  • Bond21. My review of 'The World Is Not Enough' (1997).
  • Bond22. My review of 'Casino Royale' (2006).
  • Bond23. My review of 'Quantum of Solace' (2008).
  • Bond24. My review of 'Skyfall' (2012).
  • Bond25. My review of 'Spectre' (2015).
  • '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: starstarno starno star

    '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: starstarstarhalf star

    Movies of 1984

    '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: starstarstarstar

    'Footloose' - Romantic comedy with Kevin Bacon, Lori Singer, Chris Penn, Sarah Jessica Parker, John Lithgow, Dianne Wiest.
    Plot Intro: Dancing and rock music are outlawed in a western town. But it's hard to hold the kids down. As Jeff Goldblum says in 'Jurassic Park', life will find a way.
    Review: A favorite film of many who grew up in the era. A showcase for a group of young stars. The film attempts to make the point that many religious based rules are transitory.
    Rating: starstarhalf starno star

    'Ghostbusters' - Comedy with Dan Ackroyd, Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver, Rick Moranis, Harold Ramis, Ernie Hudson, Annie Potts. Directed by Ivan Reitman
    Plot Intro: Ghosts are running around in anticipation of some big day.
    Review: Has become a classic. Was remade in 2016. Added to the National Film Registry of The Library of Congress in 2015.
    Rating: starstarstarhalf star

    'Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom' - Adventure with 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: starstarhalf starno star
  • My review of 'Raiders of the Lost Ark' (1981)
  • My review of 'Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade' (1989)
  • My review of 'Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull' (2008)
  • 'Purple Rain' - Rock Pic with Prince, Apollonia.
    Plot Intro: 'The Kid' and his band have good music, but no one understands it. He has a competitor who kind of sabotages him. And his band is disgruntled.
    Review: Very popular film and soundtrack. Won an Academy Award for Best Original Song Score - a category that was renamed for the next year. The music performances are the reason to see the film.
    Rating: starstarstarno star

    '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. Added to the National Film Registry of The Library of Congress in 2008.
    Rating: starstarstarhalf star
  • My review of "Terminator 2: Judgment Day" (1991)
  • 'This Is Spinal Tap' - Comedy with Rob Reiner, Michael McKean, Christopher Guest, Harry Shearer, Bruno Kirby. Directed by Rob Reiner.
    Plot Intro: A band is followed around by a documentary filmmaker.
    Review: Satire on some of these kinds of documentaries. Tongue in cheek. Added to the National Film Registry of The Library of Congress in 2002.
    Rating: starstarstarhalf star

    '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: starstarhalf starno star
  • My review of '2001: A Space Odyssey' (1968)
  • Movies of 1983

    '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. Added to the National Film Registry of The Library of Congress in 2012.
    Rating: starstarstarno star

    'Eddie and the Cruisers' - With Michael Paré, Tom Berenger, Joe Pantoliano, Helen Schneider, Ellen Barkin.
    Plot Intro: A reporter looks into the disappearance of a local rock singer and the mystery of the missing last tapes.
    Review: Has the quality of a TV movie of the time. The music is pretty good. The band and the lead singer make the viewer think of Bruce Springsteen.
    Rating: starstarstarno star
  • My Review of 'Eddie and the Cruisers II: Eddie Lives' (1989)
  • '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: starstarstarhalf star

    '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: starstarstarno star

    'Max Dugan Returns' - Comedy with Marsha Mason, Jason Robards, Matthew Broderick, Donald Sutherland, Dody Goodman, Charlie Lau. Written by Neil Simon.
    Plot Intro: An old man visits his estranged daughter - a struggling teacher - and grandson, carrying a suitcase full of money. He claims he has 6 months to live, and he says people are hunting him.
    Review: Mason and Robards are great. The interaction between them is fun to watch.
    Rating: starstarstarno star

    '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.
    Rating: starstarstarno star
  • Bond1. My review of 'Dr. No' (1962).
  • Bond2. My review of 'From Russia With Love' (1963).
  • Bond3. My review of 'Goldfinger' (1964).
  • Bond4. My review of 'Thunderball' (1965).
  • Bond5. My review of 'You Only Live Twice' (1967).
  • Bond6. My review of 'Casino Royale' (1967).
  • Bond7. My review of 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service' (1969).
  • Bond8. My review of 'Diamonds Are Forever' (1971).
  • Bond9. My review of 'Live and Let Die' (1973).
  • Bond10. My review of 'The Man With The Golden Gun' (1974).
  • Bond11. My review of 'The Spy Who Loved Me' (1977).
  • Bond12. My review of 'Moonraker' (1979).
  • Bond13. My review of 'For Your Eyes Only' (1981).
  • Bond14. My review of 'Octopussy' (1983).
  • Bond16. My review of 'A View To A Kill' (1985).
  • Bond17. My review of 'The Living Daylights' (1987).
  • Bond18. My review of 'License to Kill' (1989).
  • Bond19. My review of 'GoldenEye' (1995).
  • Bond20. My review of 'Tomorrow Never Dies' (1997).
  • Bond21. My review of 'The World Is Not Enough' (1997).
  • Bond22. My review of 'Casino Royale' (2006).
  • Bond23. My review of 'Quantum of Solace' (2008).
  • Bond24. My review of 'Skyfall' (2012).
  • Bond25. My review of 'Spectre' (2015).
  • '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.
    Rating: starstarstarno star
  • Bond1. My review of 'Dr. No' (1962).
  • Bond2. My review of 'From Russia With Love' (1963).
  • Bond3. My review of 'Goldfinger' (1964).
  • Bond4. My review of 'Thunderball' (1965).
  • Bond5. My review of 'You Only Live Twice' (1967).
  • Bond6. My review of 'Casino Royale' (1967).
  • Bond7. My review of 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service' (1969).
  • Bond8. My review of 'Diamonds Are Forever' (1971).
  • Bond9. My review of 'Live and Let Die' (1973).
  • Bond10. My review of 'The Man With The Golden Gun' (1974).
  • Bond11. My review of 'The Spy Who Loved Me' (1977).
  • Bond12. My review of 'Moonraker' (1979).
  • Bond13. My review of 'For Your Eyes Only' (1981).
  • Bond15. My review of 'Never Say Never Again' (1983).
  • Bond16. My review of 'A View To A Kill' (1985).
  • Bond17. My review of 'The Living Daylights' (1987).
  • Bond18. My review of 'License to Kill' (1989).
  • Bond19. My review of 'GoldenEye' (1995).
  • Bond20. My review of 'Tomorrow Never Dies' (1997).
  • Bond21. My review of 'The World Is Not Enough' (1997).
  • Bond22. My review of 'Casino Royale' (2006).
  • Bond23. My review of 'Quantum of Solace' (2008).
  • Bond24. My review of 'Skyfall' (2012).
  • Bond25. My review of 'Spectre' (2015).
  • 'The Return of the Jedi' - Science Fiction by George Lucas. With Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Alec Guinness, James Earl Jones. AKA 'Star Wars: Episode 6 - The Return of the Jedi'
    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: starstarstarhalf star
  • Star Wars Timeline
  • My review of 'Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace' (1999)
  • My review of 'Star Wars: Episode 2 - The Attack of the Clones' (2002)
  • My review of 'Star Wars: Episode 3 - The Revenge of the Sith' (2005)
  • My review of 'Star Wars: Episode 4 - A New Hope' (1977)
  • My review of 'Star Wars: Episode 5 - The Empire Strikes Back' (1980)
  • My review of 'Star Wars: Episode 7 - The Force Awakens' (2015)
  • 'The Right Stuff' - Drama with Sam Shepard, Scott Glenn, Ed Harris, Dennis Quaid, Barbara Hershey, Veronica Cartwright.
    Plot Intro: The US missile program struggles, but jet technology continues to develop. Then the USSR launches Sputnik and puts a man in space. During all of this the US begins its development of the Mercury program.
    Review: Excellent portrayal of what it might have been like during that era. Added to the National Film Registry of The Library of Congress in 2013.
    Rating: starstarstarstar

    '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: starstarhalf starno star
  • My Review of 'Dirty Harry' (1971)
  • My Review of 'Magnum Force' (1973)
  • My Review of 'The Enforcer' (1976)
  • My Review of 'The Dead Pool' (1988)
  • '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: starstarstarstar

    Movies of 1982

    '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. Added to the National Film Registry of The Library of Congress in 1993.
    Rating: starstarstarhalf star

    '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: starstarstarno star

    'E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial' - With Henry Thomas, Drew Barrymore. Directed by Steven Spielberg.
    Plot Intro: A boy finds an extra-terrestrial who is stranded on Earth.
    Review: A special film from Spielberg. One of the best movies of the 1980s. Includes a very young Barrymore. Added to the National Film Registry of The Library of Congress in 1994.
    Rating: starstarstarstar

    'Fast Times at Ridgemont High' - Romantic comedy with Phoebe Cates, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Judge Reinhold, Sean Penn, Ray Walston.
    Plot Intro: Kids growing up. A naive girl believes everything she is told and gets pregnant. Pothead drives history teacher to distraction. HS senior loses job after job, but eventually figures out where his niche is.
    Review: Classic high school comedy. Some nudity. Added to the National Film Registry of The Library of Congress in 2005.
    Rating: starstarhalf starno star

    '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: starstarstarhalf star

    'Porky's'
    Plot Intro: High school boys are obsessed with sex, and girls know it.
    Review: Raunchy with foul language and nudity.
    Rating: starno starno starno star

    '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. Added to the National Film Registry of The Library of Congress in 1998.
    Rating: starstarstarno star

    '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: starstarstarhalf star

    Movies of 1981

    '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: starstarstarno star

    '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: starstarstarstar

    '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.
    Rating: starstarstarno star
  • Bond1. My review of 'Dr. No' (1962).
  • Bond2. My review of 'From Russia With Love' (1963).
  • Bond3. My review of 'Goldfinger' (1964).
  • Bond4. My review of 'Thunderball' (1965).
  • Bond5. My review of 'You Only Live Twice' (1967).
  • Bond6. My review of 'Casino Royale' (1967).
  • Bond7. My review of 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service' (1969).
  • Bond8. My review of 'Diamonds Are Forever' (1971).
  • Bond9. My review of 'Live and Let Die' (1973).
  • Bond10. My review of 'The Man With The Golden Gun' (1974).
  • Bond11. My review of 'The Spy Who Loved Me' (1977).
  • Bond12. My review of 'Moonraker' (1979).
  • Bond14. My review of 'Octopussy' (1983).
  • Bond15. My review of 'Never Say Never Again' (1983).
  • Bond16. My review of 'A View To A Kill' (1985).
  • Bond17. My review of 'The Living Daylights' (1987).
  • Bond18. My review of 'License to Kill' (1989).
  • Bond19. My review of 'GoldenEye' (1995).
  • Bond20. My review of 'Tomorrow Never Dies' (1997).
  • Bond21. My review of 'The World Is Not Enough' (1997).
  • Bond22. My review of 'Casino Royale' (2006).
  • Bond23. My review of 'Quantum of Solace' (2008).
  • Bond24. My review of 'Skyfall' (2012).
  • Bond25. My review of 'Spectre' (2015).
  • '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. Added to the National Film Registry of The Library of Congress in 1999.
    Rating: starstarstarno star
  • My review of 'Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom' (1984)
  • My review of 'Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade' (1989)
  • My review of 'Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull' (2008)
  • Movies of 1980

    '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. Added to the National Film Registry of The Library of Congress in 2010.
    Rating: starstarstarhalf star

    '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: starstarstarhalf star

    '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: starstarstarno star

    'The Empire Strikes Back' - Science Fiction by George Lucas. With Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Alec Guinness, Billy Dee Williams. AKA 'Star Wars: Episode 5 - The Empire Strikes Back'.
    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. Added to the National Film Registry of The Library of Congress in 2010.
    Rating: starstarstarstar
  • Star Wars Timeline
  • My review of 'Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace' (1999)
  • My review of 'Star Wars: Episode 2 - The Attack of the Clones' (2002)
  • My review of 'Star Wars: Episode 3 - The Revenge of the Sith' (2005)
  • My review of 'Star Wars: Episode 4 - A New Hope' (1977)
  • My review of 'Star Wars: Episode 6 - The Return of the Jedi' (1983)
  • My review of 'Star Wars: Episode 7 - The Force Awakens' (2015)
  • '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: starstarstarhalf star

    '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: starstarstarstar
  • The Wikipedia article on Takeda Shingen.
  • 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: starstarstarstar

    '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: starstarstarno star

    '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: starstarhalf starno star
  • My review of 'Oh God!' (1977).
  • '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: starstarhalf starno star

    '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. Added to the National Film Registry of The Library of Congress in 1990.
    Rating: starstarstarstar

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    Movies of 1979

    '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. Added to the National Film Registry of The Library of Congress in 2000.
    Rating: starstarstarhalf star
  • My review of 'Aliens' (1986)
  • 'Apocalypse Now' - War drama with Marlon Brando, Martin Sheen, Robert Duvall, Laurence Fishburne. Directed by Francis Ford Coppola
    Plot Intro: American forces in Vietnam have to deal with the total confusion.
    Review: One of the great movies of the 1970s. A tour de force. Added to the National Film Registry of The Library of Congress in 2000.
    Rating: starstarstarstar

    '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: starstarstarhalf star

    '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'. Added to the National Film Registry of The Library of Congress in 2001.
    Rating: starstarstarhalf star

    '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.
    Rating: starstarstarno star
  • Bond1. My review of 'Dr. No' (1962).
  • Bond2. My review of 'From Russia With Love' (1963).
  • Bond3. My review of 'Goldfinger' (1964).
  • Bond4. My review of 'Thunderball' (1965).
  • Bond5. My review of 'You Only Live Twice' (1967).
  • Bond6. My review of 'Casino Royale' (1967).
  • Bond7. My review of 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service' (1969).
  • Bond8. My review of 'Diamonds Are Forever' (1971).
  • Bond9. My review of 'Live and Let Die' (1973).
  • Bond10. My review of 'The Man With The Golden Gun' (1974).
  • Bond11. My review of 'The Spy Who Loved Me' (1977).
  • Bond13. My review of 'For Your Eyes Only' (1981).
  • Bond14. My review of 'Octopussy' (1983).
  • Bond15. My review of 'Never Say Never Again' (1983).
  • Bond16. My review of 'A View To A Kill' (1985).
  • Bond17. My review of 'The Living Daylights' (1987).
  • Bond18. My review of 'License to Kill' (1989).
  • Bond19. My review of 'GoldenEye' (1995).
  • Bond20. My review of 'Tomorrow Never Dies' (1997).
  • Bond21. My review of 'The World Is Not Enough' (1997).
  • Bond22. My review of 'Casino Royale' (2006).
  • Bond23. My review of 'Quantum of Solace' (2008).
  • Bond24. My review of 'Skyfall' (2012).
  • Bond25. My review of 'Spectre' (2015).
  • '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: starstarstarno star

    '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: starstarstarstar

    Movies of 1978

    'Animal House' - Comedy with John Belushi, Tim Matheson, Thomas Hulce, Peter Riegert, Donald Sutherland, Karen Allen, Stephen Furst, Kevin Bacon, Martha Smith, Mary Louise Weller. AKA 'National Lampoon's Animal House'.
    Plot Intro: A fraternity is suspended by their school for bad grades and bad behavior. They get even.
    Review: Very funny. Belushi is inspired. Added to the National Film Registry of The Library of Congress in 2001.
    Rating: starstarstarno star

    '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: starstarhalf starno star

    'The Return of the Pink Panther' - With Peter Sellers, Herbert Lom. Directed by Blake Edwards.
    Plot Intro: After everyone thinks he's dead, Inspector Clouseau, the most incompetent detective in the French force, investigates who was trying to kill him.
    Review: Very humorous combination of scenes.
    Rating: starstarhalf starno star
  • The Pink Panther (1963)
  • A Shot In The Dark (1964)
  • The Return of the Pink Panther (1975)
  • The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976)
  • Movies of 1977

    '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. Added to the National Film Registry of The Library of Congress in 1992.
    Rating: starstarstarhalf star

    '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. Added to the National Film Registry of The Library of Congress in 2007.
    Rating: starstarstarhalf star

    '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: starstarno starno star
  • My review of 'Oh God! Book II'
  • '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. Added to the National Film Registry of The Library of Congress in 2010.
    Rating: starstarno starno star

    '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.
    Rating: starstarstarno star
  • Bond1. My review of 'Dr. No' (1962).
  • Bond2. My review of 'From Russia With Love' (1963).
  • Bond3. My review of 'Goldfinger' (1964).
  • Bond4. My review of 'Thunderball' (1965).
  • Bond5. My review of 'You Only Live Twice' (1967).
  • Bond6. My review of 'Casino Royale' (1967).
  • Bond7. My review of 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service' (1969).
  • Bond8. My review of 'Diamonds Are Forever' (1971).
  • Bond9. My review of 'Live and Let Die' (1973).
  • Bond10. My review of 'The Man With The Golden Gun' (1974).
  • Bond12. My review of 'Moonraker' (1979).
  • Bond13. My review of 'For Your Eyes Only' (1981).
  • Bond14. My review of 'Octopussy' (1983).
  • Bond15. My review of 'Never Say Never Again' (1983).
  • Bond16. My review of 'A View To A Kill' (1985).
  • Bond17. My review of 'The Living Daylights' (1987).
  • Bond18. My review of 'License to Kill' (1989).
  • Bond19. My review of 'GoldenEye' (1995).
  • Bond20. My review of 'Tomorrow Never Dies' (1997).
  • Bond21. My review of 'The World Is Not Enough' (1997).
  • Bond22. My review of 'Casino Royale' (2006).
  • Bond23. My review of 'Quantum of Solace' (2008).
  • Bond24. My review of 'Skyfall' (2012).
  • Bond25. My review of 'Spectre' (2015).
  • 'Star Wars' - Science Fiction adventure with Mark Hamill, Alec Guinness, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, James Earl Jones. AKA 'Star Wars: Episode 4 - A New Hope'.
    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. Added to the National Film Registry of The Library of Congress in 1989.
    Rating: starstarstarhalf star
  • Star Wars Timeline
  • My review of 'Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace' (1999)
  • My review of 'Star Wars: Episode 2 - The Attack of the Clones' (2002)
  • My review of 'Star Wars: Episode 3 - The Revenge of the Sith' (2005)
  • My review of 'Star Wars: Episode 5 - The Empire Strikes Back' (1980)
  • My review of 'Star Wars: Episode 6 - The Return of the Jedi' (1983)
  • My review of 'Star Wars: Episode 7 - The Force Awakens' (2015)
  • Movies of 1976

    '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: A great film, but still appalling to watch. I understand the desire for power - and that all kinds of things happen during a campaign, but there are limits to what is acceptable. Added to the National Film Registry of The Library of Congress in 2010.
    Rating: starstarstarstar

    '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. Warning: Contains brief nudity.
    Rating: starstarhalf starno star
  • My Review of 'Dirty Harry' (1971)
  • My Review of 'Magnum Force' (1973)
  • My Review of 'Sudden Impact' (1983)
  • My Review of 'The Dead Pool' (1988)
  • '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. Added to the National Film Registry of The Library of Congress in 200.
    Rating: starstarstarhalf star

    'The Outlaw Josey Wales' - Western with Clint Eastwood, Chief Dan George, Sondra Locke.
    Plot Intro: During the conflict between Union-sympathetic and Confederate-sympathetic forces in Missouri, innocent farmers are attacked. In one of those incidents, the family of Josey Wales is killed. Wales joins confederate sympathizers. At the end of the Civil War, neither side is willing to forgive and forget. Instead of signing a pledge to the Union, Josey Wales flees Missouri. A price is on his head.
    Review: Very good Eastwood movie. Added to the National Film Registry of The Library of Congress in 1996.
    Rating: starstarstarstar

    'The Pink Panther Strikes Again' - With Peter Sellers, Herbert Lom, Lesley-Anne Down. Directed by Blake Edwards.
    Plot Intro: Inspector Clouseau, the most incompetent detective in the French force, is the target of assassination by the former Chief Inspector.
    Review: Very humorous combination of scenes.
    Rating: starstarhalf starno star
  • The Pink Panther (1963)
  • A Shot In The Dark (1964)
  • The Return of the Pink Panther (1975)
  • The Revenge of the Pink Panther (1978)
  • '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. Added to the National Film Registry of The Library of Congress in 2006.
    Rating: starstarstarhalf star

    '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: starstarno starno star

    'The Shootist' - Western with John Wayne, James Stewart, Lauren Bacall, Ron Howard, Richard Boone, Hugh O'Brian, John Carradine, Scatman Crothers.
    Plot Intro: An old gunfighter finds out he has cancer in advanced stages, and he has a few months to live. It causes sudden pain. After consulting with an old doctor friend, he finds lodging nearby in a widow's house where he intends to stay until he dies.
    Review: Wayne and the supporting cast are very good.
    Rating: starstarstarno star

    '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: starstarstarno star

    'A Star Is Born' - Drama with Barbra Streisand, Kris Kristofferson, Gary Busey.
    Plot Intro: An established star helps a young ingenue, later marrying her. But then she outshines him. How will he handle it?
    Review: A classic film that is a remake of the 1937 film (Gaynor). It was remade in 1954 (Garland). Plans for another in 2018 (Lady Gaga).
    Rating: starstarstarstar
  • A Star Is Born (1937)
  • A Star Is Born (1954)
  • Movies of 1975

    '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. Added to the National Film Registry of The Library of Congress in 2009.
    Rating: starstarstarhalf star

    '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. Added to the National Film Registry of The Library of Congress in 2001.
    Rating: starstarstarstar

    'Love Among the Ruins' - TV movie with Katharine Hepburn, Lawrence Olivier. Directed by George Cukor
    Plot Intro: An aging actress goes to an advocate to defend her in a breach of promise case, but he turns out to be someone she had been romantic with forty years before - and he's still in love with her.
    Review: Often humorous. Hepburn and Olivier still have all of the skills to draw on.
    Rating: starstarstarhalf star

    '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). Added to the National Film Registry of The Library of Congress in 1993.
    Rating: starstarstarhalf star

    'The Return of the Pink Panther' - With Peter Sellers, Herbert Lom, Christopher Plummer, Catherine Schell. Directed by Blake Edwards.
    Plot Intro: Inspector Clouseau, the most incompetent detective in the French force, investigates the theft of a diamond.
    Review: Very humorous combination of scenes.
    Rating: starstarhalf starno star
  • The Pink Panther (1963)
  • A Shot In The Dark (1964)
  • The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976)
  • The Revenge of the Pink Panther (1978)
  • Movies of 1974

    '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: starstarstarno star

    'Blazing Saddles' - Western comedy with Cleavon Little, Gene Wilder, Slim Pickens, Harvey Korman, Madeline Kahn, Mel Brooks, Alex Karras, John Hillerman. Written and directed by Mel Brooks.
    Plot Intro: A black man is appointed sheriff in a western town.
    Review: Mel Brooks films always push the edge. Added to the National Film Registry of The Library of Congress in 2006.
    Rating: starstarstarhalf star

    '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. Added to the National Film Registry of The Library of Congress in 1991.
    Rating: starstarstarstar

    '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? Added to the National Film Registry of The Library of Congress in 1995.
    Rating: starstarstarhalf star

    '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. Added to the National Film Registry of The Library of Congress in 1993.
  • My review of 'The Godfather' (1972)
  • My review of 'The Godfather: Part III' (1990)

  • Rating: starstarstarhalf star

    '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.
    Rating: starstarstarno star
  • Bond1. My review of 'Dr. No' (1962).
  • Bond2. My review of 'From Russia With Love' (1963).
  • Bond3. My review of 'Goldfinger' (1964).
  • Bond4. My review of 'Thunderball' (1965).
  • Bond5. My review of 'You Only Live Twice' (1967).
  • Bond6. My review of 'Casino Royale' (1967).
  • Bond7. My review of 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service' (1969).
  • Bond8. My review of 'Diamonds Are Forever' (1971).
  • Bond9. My review of 'Live and Let Die' (1973).
  • Bond11. My review of 'The Spy Who Loved Me' (1977).
  • Bond12. My review of 'Moonraker' (1979).
  • Bond13. My review of 'For Your Eyes Only' (1981).
  • Bond14. My review of 'Octopussy' (1983).
  • Bond15. My review of 'Never Say Never Again' (1983).
  • Bond16. My review of 'A View To A Kill' (1985).
  • Bond17. My review of 'The Living Daylights' (1987).
  • Bond18. My review of 'License to Kill' (1989).
  • Bond19. My review of 'GoldenEye' (1995).
  • Bond20. My review of 'Tomorrow Never Dies' (1997).
  • Bond21. My review of 'The World Is Not Enough' (1997).
  • Bond22. My review of 'Casino Royale' (2006).
  • Bond23. My review of 'Quantum of Solace' (2008).
  • Bond24. My review of 'Skyfall' (2012).
  • Bond25. My review of 'Spectre' (2015).
  • 'Young Frankenstein' - Horror comedy with Gene Wilder, Peter Boyle, Madeline Kahn, Marty Feldman, Cloris Leachman, Teri Garr. Written and directed by Mel Brooks.
    Plot Intro: The grandson of Dr Frankenstein sets out to rediscover the secret of reanimation.
    Review: Mel Brooks films are always uniquely funny. Added to the National Film Registry of The Library of Congress in 2003.
    Rating: starstarstarstar

    Movies of 1973

    'American Graffiti' - With Ron Howard, Harrison Ford, Richard Dreyfuss, Charles Martin Smith, Cindy Williams, Candy Clark, Mackenzie Phillips, Wolfman Jack, Suzanne Sommers. Directed by George Lucas.
    Plot Intro: High School kids, some of whom are about to graduate, are make the most of their time before they have to prepare for college.
    Review: One of the best movies of the 1970s. Has a great soundtrack that goes along with a great group of young actors. Lucas says that the success of 'American Graffiti' allowed him to have the funds for the first 'Star Wars' film. Added to the National Film Registry of The Library of Congress in 1995.
    Rating: starstarstarstar

    '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: starstarno starno star

    '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: starstarstarhalf star

    '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: starstarstarhalf star

    '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.
    Rating: starstarstarno star
  • Bond1. My review of 'Dr. No' (1962).
  • Bond2. My review of 'From Russia With Love' (1963).
  • Bond3. My review of 'Goldfinger' (1964).
  • Bond4. My review of 'Thunderball' (1965).
  • Bond5. My review of 'You Only Live Twice' (1967).
  • Bond6. My review of 'Casino Royale' (1967).
  • Bond7. My review of 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service' (1969).
  • Bond8. My review of 'Diamonds Are Forever' (1971).
  • Bond10. My review of 'The Man With The Golden Gun' (1974).
  • Bond11. My review of 'The Spy Who Loved Me' (1977).
  • Bond12. My review of 'Moonraker' (1979).
  • Bond13. My review of 'For Your Eyes Only' (1981).
  • Bond14. My review of 'Octopussy' (1983).
  • Bond15. My review of 'Never Say Never Again' (1983).
  • Bond16. My review of 'A View To A Kill' (1985).
  • Bond17. My review of 'The Living Daylights' (1987).
  • Bond18. My review of 'License to Kill' (1989).
  • Bond19. My review of 'GoldenEye' (1995).
  • Bond20. My review of 'Tomorrow Never Dies' (1997).
  • Bond21. My review of 'The World Is Not Enough' (1997).
  • Bond22. My review of 'Casino Royale' (2006).
  • Bond23. My review of 'Quantum of Solace' (2008).
  • Bond24. My review of 'Skyfall' (2012).
  • Bond25. My review of 'Spectre' (2015).
  • '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: starstarstarno star
  • My Review of 'Dirty Harry' (1971)
  • My Review of 'The Enforcer' (1976)
  • My Review of 'Sudden Impact' (1983)
  • My Review of 'The Dead Pool' (1988)
  • '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: starstarstarhalf star

    '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. Added to the National Film Registry of The Library of Congress in 2005.
    Rating: starstarstarhalf star

    Movies of 1972

    'Deliverance' - Drama with Burt Reynolds, Jon Voight, Ned Beatty, Ronny Cox. Directed by John Boorman.
    Plot Intro: Friends decide to canoe down a river in Georgia that will be damned forever. The run into the locals.
    Review: Parts of the movie are very difficult to watch. Added to the National Film Registry of The Library of Congress in 2008.
    Rating: starstarstarstar

    '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. Added to the National Film Registry of The Library of Congress in 1990.
  • My review of 'The Godfather, Part 2' (1974)
  • My review of 'The Godfather: Part 3' (1990)

  • Rating: starstarstarstar

    Movies of 1971

    '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: starstarstarno star

    '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: starstarstarstar
  • Bond1. My review of 'Dr. No' (1962).
  • Bond2. My review of 'From Russia With Love' (1963).
  • Bond3. My review of 'Goldfinger' (1964).
  • Bond4. My review of 'Thunderball' (1965).
  • Bond5. My review of 'You Only Live Twice' (1967).
  • Bond6. My review of 'Casino Royale' (1967).
  • Bond7. My review of 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service' (1969).
  • Bond9. My review of 'Live and Let Die' (1973).
  • Bond10. My review of 'The Man With The Golden Gun' (1974).
  • Bond11. My review of 'The Spy Who Loved Me' (1977).
  • Bond12. My review of 'Moonraker' (1979).
  • Bond13. My review of 'For Your Eyes Only' (1981).
  • Bond14. My review of 'Octopussy' (1983).
  • Bond15. My review of 'Never Say Never Again' (1983).
  • Bond16. My review of 'A View To A Kill' (1985).
  • Bond17. My review of 'The Living Daylights' (1987).
  • Bond18. My review of 'License to Kill' (1989).
  • Bond19. My review of 'GoldenEye' (1995).
  • Bond20. My review of 'Tomorrow Never Dies' (1997).
  • Bond21. My review of 'The World Is Not Enough' (1997).
  • Bond22. My review of 'Casino Royale' (2006).
  • Bond23. My review of 'Quantum of Solace' (2008).
  • Bond24. My review of 'Skyfall' (2012).
  • Bond25. My review of 'Spectre' (2015).
  • '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. Added to the National Film Registry of The Library of Congress in 2012.
    Rating: starstarhalf starno star
  • My Review of 'Magnum Force' (1973)
  • My Review of 'The Enforcer' (1976)
  • My Review of 'Sudden Impact' (1983)
  • My Review of 'The Dead Pool' (1988)
  • '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 set out to beat the race that occurred in 'Bullitt' (1968). Added to the National Film Registry of The Library of Congress in 2005.
    Rating: starstarstarstar

    '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. Added to the National Film Registry of The Library of Congress in 1997.
    Rating: starstarhalf starno star

    '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: starstarstarno star

    '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: starstarno starno star
  • My review of Sabata (1969).
  • My review of 'The Return of Sabata' (1971).
  • '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: starstarhalf starno star
  • My review of 'Support Your Local Sheriff' (1969)
  • '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: starstarno starno star

    '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. Added to the National Film Registry of The Library of Congress in 2014.
    Rating: starstarstarstar

    Movies of 1970

    '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: starstarno starno star
  • My review of Sabata (1969).
  • My review of The Return of Sabata (1971).
  • '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. Added to the National Film Registry of The Library of Congress in 2014.
    Rating: starstarstarstar

    '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. Added to the National Film Registry of The Library of Congress in 1996.
    Rating: starstarstarhalf star

    '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. Added to the National Film Registry of The Library of Congress in 2003.
    Rating: starstarstarstar

    '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: starstarstarhalf star

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    Movies of 1969

    '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: starstarstarstar

    '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: starstarstarhalf star

    '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. Added to the National Film Registry of The Library of Congress in 2003.
    Rating: starstarstarhalf star

    '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: starstarhalf starno star

    '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.
    Rating: starstarstarstar
  • Bond1. My review of 'Dr. No' (1962).
  • Bond2. My review of 'From Russia With Love' (1963).
  • Bond3. My review of 'Goldfinger' (1964).
  • Bond4. My review of 'Thunderball' (1965).
  • Bond5. My review of 'You Only Live Twice' (1967).
  • Bond6. My review of 'Casino Royale' (1967).
  • Bond8. My review of 'Diamonds Are Forever' (1971).
  • Bond9. My review of 'Live and Let Die' (1973).
  • Bond10. My review of 'The Man With The Golden Gun' (1974).
  • Bond11. My review of 'The Spy Who Loved Me' (1977).
  • Bond12. My review of 'Moonraker' (1979).
  • Bond13. My review of 'For Your Eyes Only' (1981).
  • Bond14. My review of 'Octopussy' (1983).
  • Bond15. My review of 'Never Say Never Again' (1983).
  • Bond16. My review of 'A View To A Kill' (1985).
  • Bond17. My review of 'The Living Daylights' (1987).
  • Bond18. My review of 'License to Kill' (1989).
  • Bond19. My review of 'GoldenEye' (1995).
  • Bond20. My review of 'Tomorrow Never Dies' (1997).
  • Bond21. My review of 'The World Is Not Enough' (1997).
  • Bond22. My review of 'Casino Royale' (2006).
  • Bond23. My review of 'Quantum of Solace' (2008).
  • Bond24. My review of 'Skyfall' (2012).
  • Bond25. My review of 'Spectre' (2015).
  • '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: starstarstarstar

    '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: starstarno starno star
  • My review of 'Adios Sabata' (1970).
  • My review of 'The Return of Sabata' (1971).
  • '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: starstarstarhalf star
  • My review of 'Support Your Local Gunfighter' (1971)
  • '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: starstarstarhalf star
  • My Review of 'True Grit' (2010)
  • Movies of 1968

    '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. Added to the National Film Registry of The Library of Congress in 2007.
    Rating: starstarstarstar

    '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: starstarstarno star

    '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: starstarstarhalf star

    '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. Added to the National Film Registry of The Library of Congress in 1996.
    Rating: starstarstarstar

    '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. Added to the National Film Registry of The Library of Congress in 1991.
    Rating: starstarstarno star
  • My review of '2010' (1984).
  • '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: starstarno starno star

    Movies of 1967

    'Bonnie and Clyde' - With Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, Gene Hackman, Estelle Parsons, Denver Pyle, Gene Wilder. Directed by Arthur Penn.
    Plot Intro: Two young robbers avoid being captured by the police all the way to the very end.
    Review: A stylishly good movie. Added to the National Film Registry of The Library of Congress in 1992.
    Rating: starstarstarstar

    '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. Casino Royale is the first book in the James Bond series, but it wasn't the first movie.
    Rating: starstarno starno star
  • Bond1. My review of 'Dr. No' (1962).
  • Bond2. My review of 'From Russia With Love' (1963).
  • Bond3. My review of 'Goldfinger' (1964).
  • Bond4. My review of 'Thunderball' (1965).
  • Bond5. My review of 'You Only Live Twice' (1967).
  • Bond7. My review of 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service' (1969).
  • Bond8. My review of 'Diamonds Are Forever' (1971).
  • Bond9. My review of 'Live and Let Die' (1973).
  • Bond10. My review of 'The Man With The Golden Gun' (1974).
  • Bond11. My review of 'The Spy Who Loved Me' (1977).
  • Bond12. My review of 'Moonraker' (1979).
  • Bond13. My review of 'For Your Eyes Only' (1981).
  • Bond14. My review of 'Octopussy' (1983).
  • Bond15. My review of 'Never Say Never Again' (1983).
  • Bond16. My review of 'A View To A Kill' (1985).
  • Bond17. My review of 'The Living Daylights' (1987).
  • Bond18. My review of 'License to Kill' (1989).
  • Bond19. My review of 'GoldenEye' (1995).
  • Bond20. My review of 'Tomorrow Never Dies' (1997).
  • Bond21. My review of 'The World Is Not Enough' (1997).
  • Bond22. My review of 'Casino Royale' (2006).
  • Bond23. My review of 'Quantum of Solace' (2008).
  • Bond24. My review of 'Skyfall' (2012).
  • Bond25. My review of 'Spectre' (2015).
  • 'Cool Hand Luke' - With Paul Newman, George Kennedy, Strother Martin, Jo Van Fleet, Dennis Hopper.
    Plot Intro: A new inmate is brought into prison, and he frustrates the prison guards and inspires the other prisoners.
    Review: One of the great movies of the 1960s. Added to the National Film Registry of The Library of Congress in 2005.
    Rating: starstarstarstar

    '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: starstarstarstar

    '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: starstarno starno star

    '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. Added to the National Film Registry of The Library of Congress in 1906.
    Rating: starstarstarstar

    'Hombre' - With Paul Newman, Richard Boone, Frederick March, Barbara Rush, Martin Balsam, David Canary.
    Plot Intro: A white man who is a former member of the Indian reservation police force gets on a stagecoach, but the stagecoach is robbed, and things get complicated.
    Review: The first part of the film is like a remake of 'Stagecoach', but the last part is different. Overall the movie is very good.
    Rating: starstarstarhalf star

    '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. Added to the National Film Registry of The Library of Congress in 2002.
    Rating: starstarstarhalf star

    '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.
    Rating: starstarstarhalf star
  • Bond1. My review of 'Dr. No' (1962).
  • Bond2. My review of 'From Russia With Love' (1963).
  • Bond3. My review of 'Goldfinger' (1964).
  • Bond4. My review of 'Thunderball' (1965).
  • Bond6. My review of 'Casino Royale' (1967).
  • Bond7. My review of 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service' (1969).
  • Bond8. My review of 'Diamonds Are Forever' (1971).
  • Bond9. My review of 'Live and Let Die' (1973).
  • Bond10. My review of 'The Man With The Golden Gun' (1974).
  • Bond11. My review of 'The Spy Who Loved Me' (1977).
  • Bond12. My review of 'Moonraker' (1979).
  • Bond13. My review of 'For Your Eyes Only' (1981).
  • Bond14. My review of 'Octopussy' (1983).
  • Bond15. My review of 'Never Say Never Again' (1983).
  • Bond16. My review of 'A View To A Kill' (1985).
  • Bond17. My review of 'The Living Daylights' (1987).
  • Bond18. My review of 'License to Kill' (1989).
  • Bond19. My review of 'GoldenEye' (1995).
  • Bond20. My review of 'Tomorrow Never Dies' (1997).
  • Bond21. My review of 'The World Is Not Enough' (1997).
  • Bond22. My review of 'Casino Royale' (2006).
  • Bond23. My review of 'Quantum of Solace' (2008).
  • Bond24. My review of 'Skyfall' (2012).
  • Bond25. My review of 'Spectre' (2015).
  • Movies of 1966

    '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: starstarstarhalf star

    '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: starstarno starno star

    '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: starstarstarhalf star

    '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: starstarstarno star

    'El Dorado' - Western with John Wayne, Robert Mitchum, James Caan, Ed Asner. Directed by Howard Hawks.
    Plot Intro: Law officers have a man in custody who is awaiting trial, but his men intend to break him out.
    Review: Remake of 'Rio Bravo' (1959).
    Rating: starstarstarno star
  • Rio Bravo (1959)
  • '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: starstarstarno star

    '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: starstarstarstar

    '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: starstarstarstar

    '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: starno starno starno star

    '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: Randall and Berger are good. Randall is good as a 'fish out of water'.
    Rating: starstarhalf starno star

    '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: starstarstarno star

    '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: starstarhalf starno star

    'Spinout' - With Elvis Presley, Shelley Fabares, Dodie McBain, Deborah Walley, Una Merkel.
    Plot Intro: a singer-race car driver is chased by women.
    Review: One of the many formulaic Elvis movies.
    Rating: starstarhalf starno star

    Movies of 1965

    '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: starstarstarno star

    '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: starstarstarno star

    '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: starstarstarno star

    'The Sons of Katie Elder' - Western with John Wayne, Dean Martin, George Kennedy, Earl Holliman, Dennis Hopper, James Gregory.
    Plot Intro: The mother dies after a stroke. Her four sons come back to town for her funeral. Things have changed. Their mother is living in a small house instead of the ranch where they grew up. People are tight-mouthed about the situation. They start investigating on their own.
    Review: Another good John Wayne western.
    Rating: starstarstarno star

    '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. Added to the National Film Registry of The Library of Congress in 2001.
    Rating: starstarstarhalf star

    '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.
    Rating: starstarstarhalf star
  • Bond1. My review of 'Dr. No' (1962).
  • Bond2. My review of 'From Russia With Love' (1963).
  • Bond3. My review of 'Goldfinger' (1964).
  • Bond5. My review of 'You Only Live Twice' (1967).
  • Bond6. My review of 'Casino Royale' (1967).
  • Bond7. My review of 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service' (1969).
  • Bond8. My review of 'Diamonds Are Forever' (1971).
  • Bond9. My review of 'Live and Let Die' (1973).
  • Bond10. My review of 'The Man With The Golden Gun' (1974).
  • Bond11. My review of 'The Spy Who Loved Me' (1977).
  • Bond12. My review of 'Moonraker' (1979).
  • Bond13. My review of 'For Your Eyes Only' (1981).
  • Bond14. My review of 'Octopussy' (1983).
  • Bond15. My review of 'Never Say Never Again' (1983).
  • Bond16. My review of 'A View To A Kill' (1985).
  • Bond17. My review of 'The Living Daylights' (1987).
  • Bond18. My review of 'License to Kill' (1989).
  • Bond19. My review of 'GoldenEye' (1995).
  • Bond20. My review of 'Tomorrow Never Dies' (1997).
  • Bond21. My review of 'The World Is Not Enough' (1997).
  • Bond22. My review of 'Casino Royale' (2006).
  • Bond23. My review of 'Quantum of Solace' (2008).
  • Bond24. My review of 'Skyfall' (2012).
  • Bond25. My review of 'Spectre' (2015).
  • Movies of 1964

    'Dr. Strangelove' - With Peter Sellers, George C Scott, Sterling Hayden, Keenan Wynn, Slim Whitman, James Earl Jones. Directed by Stanley Kubrick. AKA 'Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb'
    Plot Intro: An insane general attempts to provoke World War 3.
    Review: One of the great movies of the 1960s. Added to the National Film Registry of The Library of Congress in 1989.
    Rating: starstarstarstar

    '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.
    Rating: starstarstarhalf star
  • Bond1. My review of 'Dr. No' (1962).
  • Bond2. My review of 'From Russia With Love' (1963).
  • Bond4. My review of 'Thunderball' (1965).
  • Bond5. My review of 'You Only Live Twice' (1967).
  • Bond6. My review of 'Casino Royale' (1967).
  • Bond7. My review of 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service' (1969).
  • Bond8. My review of 'Diamonds Are Forever' (1971).
  • Bond9. My review of 'Live and Let Die' (1973).
  • Bond10. My review of 'The Man With The Golden Gun' (1974).
  • Bond11. My review of 'The Spy Who Loved Me' (1977).
  • Bond12. My review of 'Moonraker' (1979).
  • Bond13. My review of 'For Your Eyes Only' (1981).
  • Bond14. My review of 'Octopussy' (1983).
  • Bond15. My review of 'Never Say Never Again' (1983).
  • Bond16. My review of 'A View To A Kill' (1985).
  • Bond17. My review of 'The Living Daylights' (1987).
  • Bond18. My review of 'License to Kill' (1989).
  • Bond19. My review of 'GoldenEye' (1995).
  • Bond20. My review of 'Tomorrow Never Dies' (1997).
  • Bond21. My review of 'The World Is Not Enough' (1997).
  • Bond22. My review of 'Casino Royale' (2006).
  • Bond23. My review of 'Quantum of Solace' (2008).
  • Bond24. My review of 'Skyfall' (2012).
  • Bond25. My review of 'Spectre' (2015).
  • '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: starstarno starno star

    '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: starstarhalf starno star

    '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: starstarstarstar

    'Mary Poppins' - With Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, Elsa Lanchester, Reginald Owen, Ed Wynn.
    Plot Intro: A new nanny comes to the house of a banker, and she shakes things up.
    Review: A classic film. Added to the National Film Registry of The Library of Congress in 2013.
    Rating: starstarstarstar

    '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: starstarstarstar

    'The Pawnbroker' - Drama with Rod Steiger, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Brock Peters. Directed by Sidney Lumet.
    Plot Intro: A pawnbroker who survived the Holocaust has trust issues.
    Review: One of the great movies of the 1960s. Added to the National Film Registry of The Library of Congress in 2008.
    Rating: starstarstarstar

    '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: starstarstarstar

    '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: starstarstarstar

    '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: starstarno starno star

    'A Shot In The Dark' - With Peter Sellers, Elke Sommer, George Sanders. Directed by Blake Edwards.
    Plot Intro: Inspector Clouseau, the most incompetent detective in the French force, investigates the murder of a chauffeur.
    Review: Very humorous combination of scenes.
    Rating: starstarhalf starno star
  • The Pink Panther (1963)
  • The Return of the Pink Panther (1975)
  • The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976)
  • The Revenge of the Pink Panther (1978)
  • '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: starstarstarstar

    Movies of 1963

    'The Birds' - Suspense drama with Tippi Hedron, Rod Taylor, Suzanne Pleshette. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock.
    Plot Intro: Birds of all sizes begin to attack humans.
    Review: One of the greatest movies of all time. Excellent. Highly recommended. Added to the National Film Registry of The Library of Congress in 2016.
    Rating: starstarstarstar

    '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: starstarhalf starno star

    'Donovan's Reef' - With John Wayne, Lee Marvin, Jack Warden, Elizabeth Allen, Cesar Romero, Dorothy Lamour, Edgar Buchanan. Directed by John Ford.
    Plot Intro: An estranged daughter arrives at a tropical island to meet her father.
    Review: Somewhat predictable and out-dated, but there are parts that are tenderly done. Wayne is pretty old to be a romantic lead.
    Rating: starstarhalf starno star

    '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: starstarstarstar

    '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: starstarstarhalf star
  • Bond1. My review of 'Dr. No' (1962).
  • Bond3. My review of 'Goldfinger' (1964).
  • Bond4. My review of 'Thunderball' (1965).
  • Bond5. My review of 'You Only Live Twice' (1967).
  • Bond6. My review of 'Casino Royale' (1967).
  • Bond7. My review of 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service' (1969).
  • Bond8. My review of 'Diamonds Are Forever' (1971).
  • Bond9. My review of 'Live and Let Die' (1973).
  • Bond10. My review of 'The Man With The Golden Gun' (1974).
  • Bond11. My review of 'The Spy Who Loved Me' (1977).
  • Bond12. My review of 'Moonraker' (1979).
  • Bond13. My review of 'For Your Eyes Only' (1981).
  • Bond14. My review of 'Octopussy' (1983).
  • Bond15. My review of 'Never Say Never Again' (1983).
  • Bond16. My review of 'A View To A Kill' (1985).
  • Bond17. My review of 'The Living Daylights' (1987).
  • Bond18. My review of 'License to Kill' (1989).
  • Bond19. My review of 'GoldenEye' (1995).
  • Bond20. My review of 'Tomorrow Never Dies' (1997).
  • Bond21. My review of 'The World Is Not Enough' (1997).
  • Bond22. My review of 'Casino Royale' (2006).
  • Bond23. My review of 'Quantum of Solace' (2008).
  • Bond24. My review of 'Skyfall' (2012).
  • Bond25. My review of 'Spectre' (2015).
  • '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: starstarstarstar

    '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: starstarstarstar

    'The Nutty Professor' - Comedy with Jerry Lewis.
    Plot Intro: A chemistry professor concocts a formula that turns him from a nerdy professor into a slick operator.
    Review: A reverse of the 'Dr Jekyll, Mr Hyde' story. Remade by Eddie Murphy in 1996. Added to the National Film Registry of The Library of Congress in 2004.
    Rating: starstarstarstar
  • The Nutty Professor (1996)
  • '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: starstarhalf starno star

    'The Pink Panther' - With Peter Sellers, David Niven, Robert Wagner, Capucine, Claudia Cardinale. Directed by Blake Edwards.
    Plot Intro: Inspector Clouseau, the most incompetent detective in the French force, is attempting to capture the the burglar who has targeted the jewel known as the Pink Panther.
    Review: Very humorous combination of scenes. Remade in 2006 with Steve Martin along with sequels. Added to the National Film Registry of The Library of Congress in 2010.
    Rating: starstarstarstar
  • A Shot In The Dark (1964)
  • The Return of the Pink Panther (1975)
  • The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976)
  • The Revenge of the Pink Panther (1978)
  • '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: starstarstarstar

    Movies of 1962

    '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: starstarstarhalf star

    '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: starstarstarstar

    '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.
    Rating: starstarstarstar
  • Bond2. My review of 'From Russia With Love' (1963).
  • Bond3. My review of 'Goldfinger' (1964).
  • Bond4. My review of 'Thunderball' (1965).
  • Bond5. My review of 'You Only Live Twice' (1967).
  • Bond6. My review of 'Casino Royale' (1967).
  • Bond7. My review of 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service' (1969).
  • Bond8. My review of 'Diamonds Are Forever' (1971).
  • Bond9. My review of 'Live and Let Die' (1973).
  • Bond10. My review of 'The Man With The Golden Gun' (1974).
  • Bond11. My review of 'The Spy Who Loved Me' (1977).
  • Bond12. My review of 'Moonraker' (1979).
  • Bond13. My review of 'For Your Eyes Only' (1981).
  • Bond14. My review of 'Octopussy' (1983).
  • Bond15. My review of 'Never Say Never Again' (1983).
  • Bond16. My review of 'A View To A Kill' (1985).
  • Bond17. My review of 'The Living Daylights' (1987).
  • Bond18. My review of 'License to Kill' (1989).
  • Bond19. My review of 'GoldenEye' (1995).
  • Bond20. My review of 'Tomorrow Never Dies' (1997).
  • Bond21. My review of 'The World Is Not Enough' (1997).
  • Bond22. My review of 'Casino Royale' (2006).
  • Bond23. My review of 'Quantum of Solace' (2008).
  • Bond24. My review of 'Skyfall' (2012).
  • Bond25. My review of 'Spectre' (2015).
  • 'The Horizontal Lieutenant' - Romantic war-time comedy with Jim Hutton, Paula Prentiss, Jack Carter, Jim Backus, Miyoshi Umeki, Marty Engels.
    Plot Intro: An Army intelligence officer is knocked on the head several times during the movie, but he falls in love with a woman he knew in school.
    Review: Paula Prentiss is one of my favorite actresses from the 1960s. This movie shows her at her best.
    Rating: starstarhalf starno star

    '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. Added to the National Film Registry of The Library of Congress in 1991.
    Rating: starstarstarstar

    '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: starstarno starno star

    '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: starstarstarno star

    '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. Added to the National Film Registry of The Library of Congress in 2007.
    Rating: starstarstarstar

    'The Manchurian Candidate' - Drama with Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey, Janet Leigh, Angela Lansbury. Directed by John Frankenheimer.
    Plot Intro: A captured soldier is brainwashed to be involved in an assassination.
    Review: Remade in 2004. Added to the National Film Registry of The Library of Congress in 1994.
    Rating: starstarstarstar

    'The Music Man' - Musical with Robert Preston, Shirley Jones, Buddy Hackett, Hermione Gingold, Ron Howard.
    Plot Intro: A con man attempts to sell music instruments to a small town.
    Review: Excellent film with an excellent cast. Added to the National Film Registry of The Library of Congress in 2005.
    Rating: starstarstarstar

    'Requiem For A Heavyweight' - Drama with Anthony Quinn, Jackie Gleason, Mickey Rooney, Julie Harris. Written by Rod Serling. Produced by David Susskind.
    Plot Intro: An aging heavyweight fighter loses to a young fighter named Clay, and the doctor says his career is over. This causes problems for him and his manager.
    Review: Excellent film.
    Rating: starstarstarstar

    'The Road to Hong Kong' - Comedy with Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Joan Collins, Peter Sellers, Robert Morley, David Niven.
    Plot Intro: Mistaken identity leads to two men getting in trouble with an organization that has the goal of world domination.
    Review: The guys are getting older, but they still have it. No Lamour, but there's Joan Collins.
    Rating: starstarhalf starno star
  • Road to Singapore (1940)
  • Road to Zanzibar (1941)
  • Road to Morocco (1942)
  • Road to Utopia (1945)
  • Road to Rio (1947)
  • Road to Bali (1952)

    'To Kill A Mockingbird' - Drama with Gregory Peck, Alice Ghostley, Robert Duvall. Horton Foote, screenplay. Harper Lee, novel.
    Plot Intro: A southern lawyer has to defend an innocent man who is already convicted in everyone's minds.
    Review: One of the greatest films of all time. Added to the National Film Registry of The Library of Congress in 1995.
    Rating: starstarstarstar

    '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: starstarno starno star

    '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: starhalf starno starno star
  • Movies of 1961

    'The Absent-Minded Professor' - Comedy with Fred MacMurray, Keenan Wynn, Nancy Olson, Leon Ames, Ed Wynn. B&W, Disney.
    Plot Intro: A chemistry professor accidentally invents a new substance that can create its own energy.
    Review: More of a fantasy. A great family film, a classic with some funny moments. A totally white film - a product of the time. And no seat belts.
    Rating: starstarhalf starno star

    'Breakfast At Tiffany's' - Romance with Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard, Patricia Neal, Martin Balsam, Mickey Rooney, Buddy Ebsen. Directed by Blake Edwards.
    Plot Intro: A socialite becomes interested in a young man who moves into her building, and she's fascinated by the jewelry store Tiffany's.
    Review: For people who have never seen the film: there is no breakfast eaten at Tiffany's. I had heard the movie title for a long time, but I had avoided it. I wish I had never seen it. Just the thought of seeing Rooney again in any scene as Mr Yunioshi is enough to make me want to view something else. Added to the National Film Registry of The Library of Congress in 2012.
    Rating: starstarno starno star

    '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. Added to the National Film Registry of The Library of Congress in 1997.
    Rating: starstarstarhalf star

    '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: starstarstarno star

    '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: starstarhalf starNostar

    '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. Added to the National Film Registry of The Library of Congress in 1997.
    Rating: starstarstarstar

    '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: starstarstarstar

    Movies of 1960

    '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. Added to the National Film Registry of The Library of Congress in 1994.
    Rating: starstarstarstar

    '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'. Added to the National Film Registry of The Library of Congress in 2013.
    Rating: starstarstarhalf star

    '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: starno starno starno star

    '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: starstarstarno star

    '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. Added to the National Film Registry of The Library of Congress in 1992.
    Rating: starstarstarstar

    '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: starstarstarhalf star

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