Who Really Directed It?

I love lists almost as much as I love movies. I’ve started compiling a list of movies directed by people other than the credited director. Many movies are credited to multiple directors (Singin’ in the Rain and There’s Something About Mary are but two), but those don’t count. I’m talking about situations where, for one […]

Rashida Jones should be nominated for every award and win. She’s the perfect Ethel to Amy Poehler’s Lucy. #Emmys

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What’s so great about movies?

A movie is a unique art form and as such should be unlike any other. This goal is most challenging for filmmakers who are making movies based on something else–another art form, such as a novel, play, short story, painting, ballet, or magazine article; or real life events, such as someone’s life or a historical […]

A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)

Marlon Brando and Vivien Leigh leave an indelible impression with iconic and Academy Award-nominated performances (Leigh won) in this iconic film adaptation of an iconic American play. Brando gets most of the attention now, but Leigh deserves as much. Her misfortune is that she was never considered a ground-breaking actress, just a great one, and […]

Paul Newman, 1925-2008

The first modern movie star and one of the last surviving Hollywood legends, Paul Newman, died today of cancer at the age of 83. Aside from his awesome talent, matinee idol looks, and renowned philanthropy, Newman’s greatest legacy is the longevity of his career. The fact that he is as familiar to moviegoers from the […]

You Can’t Take It With You (1938)

Okay, I know I said that I’m not a big fan of director Frank Capra. However, I did say that I do like several of his movies. You Can’t Take It With You (1938) is one of them. One thing that probably attracts me to this best picture and director Oscar winner is the source […]