“Blazing Saddles” lovably pokes fun at showbiz clichés, musical comedy, ethnic stereotypes, and cowboy conventions such that I laugh-til-I-cry.
“Dr. Strangelove” proposes that a film about the possibility of an accidental nuclear war can, in fact, be funny.
Harper Lee’s novel became a beloved film for many reasons including the acting, the subject matter, and Elmer Bernstein’s perfect musical score.
Francis Ford Coppola’s “Godfather” trilogy remains the gold standard for movies about organized crime.
Events around him slowly transformed Oskar Schindler from just another a Nazi war profiteer into the man who saved 1,100 Jews from death at Auschwitz.
I’m sure Moses struggled with it as will people who someday colonize Mars: can men and women “just be friends” without “the sex thing” getting in the way?
“Boyhood” is like the time-lapse-photography of plants growing in a nature documentary — except that we are watching 12 years of human lives roll by.
Can a child and her bicycle serve as a metaphor for a quiet but radical change …
Zack is a new member of the U.S. Naval Aviator Academy whose rough life has left him an emotionally broken man. Fortunately, a sometimes brutal Marine sergeant and a local girl (Paula) provide him an epiphany. Continue reading “An Officer and a Gentleman (1982)”
For decades the Coen brothers have delivered quirky characters and idiosyncratic movies — none more so than Jeff Bridges’ Dude in “The Big Lebowski”. Continue reading “The Big Lebowski (1993)”
While this is a movie about four very different women, it is wrong to call it a “chick flick”. I’ve watched it several times — with large gaps of time in between — and it continues to resonate with me. Continue reading “Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)”