The Aviator (2004)

The Aviator (2004) is a period epic that isn’t hurt by it’s technical mastery, especially rare for a biopic or historical movie of this grand a scale. UnlikeTitanic, this one has heart and soul and doesn’t feel like it’s way too long. Above all else is a masterful Oscar-nominated performance by Leonardo DiCaprio, with strong […]

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 […]

Cyd Charisse (1921-2008)

Unfortunately, actress-dancer Cyd Charisse, the last survivor of the golden age of the Hollywood musical died yesterday at the age of 86.¬† Charisse added her own brand of class and sex to such classics as Singin’ in the Rain, The Band Wagon, and Silk Stockings, paired in each film either with Fred Astaire or Gene […]

Annie Hall (1970)

Annie Hall, Woody Allen’s masterpiece and the funniest movie of the 1970s. And that’s saying a lot when you’re talking about the golden age of American cinema. Some say it hasn’t aged well, but how can that be? Of course, Cary Grant would be completely out of place in even the most finely crafted movie […]

The Philadelphia Story (1940)

The best thing about The Philadelphia Story (aside from the acting ensemble) is that it is that rarest of gems: a truly adult romance from Hollywood’s golden age. Although the end includes the revelation that the previous evening’s revels were innocent, it is preceded by a remarkable series of set pieces in which the terrific […]