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 […]

It’s A Wonderful Life (1945)

Singin’ In The Rain is the best musical, Casablanca is the greatest love story, Vertigo is the best thriller, Bringing Up Baby is the best screwball comedy, Double Indemnity and Out of the Past are the tops in film noir, Chinatown is the best modern film noir, Tokyo Story is the finest non-English-language movie, Annie […]

Letter From An Unknown Woman (1948)

Did Joan Fontaine ever give a false performance? Here she presents a tour de force acting job that puts most actors to shame. She certainly outshines costar Louis Jourdan much as she did Laurence Olivier (not that either man was less than excellent in their respective roles) with her Oscar-nominated turn in Rebecca seven years […]

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 […]