Jaws

If mechanical shark effects and John Williams' relentless theme music were all it had going for it, Jaws still might have become the highest grossing movie in history at the time of its release. And it likely would still  ...

The Man Who Knew Too Much

a cd that includes music from the film The 1956 version of The Man Who Knew Too Much has a unique place in the Alfred Hitchcock filmography. It's his only remake, produced 22  ...

On the Ropes

Suggested reading: Championship Streetfighting: Boxing As a Martial Art (1997), Ned Beaumont Champions' Boxing Guide (1997), Edward Whitman Urban Sanctuaries: Neighborhood Organizations in the Lives and Futures of Inner-City Youth (1994), Milbrey W. McLaughlin  ...

Simpatico

Most of Sam Shepard’s major themes are present in Simpatico, the new Matthew Warchus film that Warchus and David Nicholls adapted from Shepard’s play. Buried enmities, porous identities, falls from grace, talk of bloodlines, and troubled male bonds are  ...

The Thirteenth Floor

The Thirteenth Floor is like a failed romance. When we meet we are full of hope. The screenwriter courts us with a unique science fiction premise, the actors work hard to convince us, and the direction and cinematography  ...

Topsy-Turvy

There was a 1953 movie variously called The Story of Gilbert and Sullivan and The Great Gilbert and Sullivan. It had a star-studded cast, but, unfortunately it isn't available on video - unfortunately because it is hard to imagine  ...

Twice Upon a Yesterday

Knit Tank Top Scoop Neckline by P.I.Sport N.Y. Maria Ripoll's Twice Upon a Yesterday plays with time as does another excellent current film, Run, Lola, Run. Lola examines different outcomes of  ...

The Woman Chaser

Charles Willeford was one of the luckiest authors ever to have his novels put onto film: few writers have seen adaptations of their work infested with so many touches of dark, indelible wit. In Monte Hellman’s Cockfighter, it was  ...

The Astronaut Farmer

The Astronaut Farmer has an improbable back-story that emerges as the plot trudges forward. It stars Billy Bob Thornton as Charles Farmer, the father, husband, and washed-up astronaut-in-training of the film’s title. Farmer’s own  ...