Reviews

Every good film deserves another take

Malice

Malice

The early 1990s were a good time to do husband and wife thrillers, and “Malice” is just about the best. Coming of his hit play-turned-movie “A Few Good Men”, Aaron Sorkin pens this story of intrigue, after which he veered off into politics with “The American...

Christine

Christine

I never understood why this film never really found an audience.  It’s classic Stephen King directed by classic John Carpenter.  I never understood why this film never really found an audience.  It’s classic Stephen King directed by classic John...

Fright Night

Fright Night

This is one of those stories where a studio head says “What the heck.  Let’s make a movie.” Scriptwriter Tom Holland was a successful writer and wanted to direct his next script, a horror film.  Horror was in during the 80s, but vampire films were in short...

Steel Magnolias

Steel Magnolias

Some films are meant to be read.  “Steel Magnolias” is one of those films where the dialogue is the lifeblood of the films. The plot isn’t really interesting and doesn’t go many places.  The spine of the story is this group of close-knit friends and the...

My Bodyguard

My Bodyguard

“My Bodyguard” had a first-time director and a cast of unknowns It made $22 million from a $3 million budget, and basically launched the careers of Matt Dillion, Joan Cusack and others.  Ok, Dillion was in Little Darlings that year, too, but this is the showy...

Parenthood

Parenthood

Ron Howard was best known as a television actor in “The Andy Griffith Show” and “Happy Days” but his resume as a director is second to no one. In 2018, he was called in to helm the Star Wars movie “Solo.”  He directed the “Da Vinci Code” trilogy along with some...

Dirty Harry

Dirty Harry

“Dirty Harry” was one of those movies that was almost never made. Actors turned down the part.  Studios turned down the script.  It morphed from a story about a New York cop chasing a serial killer who is eventually shot by Marines, not by Dirty...

Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day

I love recommending another take to a film that’s about another take, after another and another and another. “Groundhog Day” just may be the best Bill Murray comedy, and that’s a pretty high standard.  It’s probably in a fourway cluster at the top of my favorites...

Halloween

Halloween

In the seventies, mainstream horror movies were more supernatural than slasher movies. From “The Exorcist” to “The Omen” to “Carrie”, it too devils and demons to be scary enough for Hollywood to invest serious money into the genre.  The “escaped lunatic” with a...