Historical Circuit: William Wyler’s 1958’s ‘The Big Country’ Brings Heart to the West

TITLE OF FILM: “The Big Country” FILM YEAR: 1958 DIRECTOR: William Wyler WRITER: Robert Wyler, Sy Bartlett, James R. Webb STARRING: Gregory Peck, Jean Simmons, Charlton Heston, Carroll Baker,...

Historical Circuit: 1987’s ‘Baby Boom’ Starring Diane Keaton is Booming with the Female Plight

TITLE OF FILM: “Baby Boom” FILM YEAR: 1987 DIRECTOR: Charles Shyer WRITER: Nancy Meyers and Charles Shyer STARRING: Diane Keaton, Harold Ramis, Sam Wanamaker, Sam Shepard, Pat Hingle, James...

Historical Circuit: Peter Weir Uses Film as His Canvas in 1985’s ‘Witness’

TITLE OF FILM: “Witness” FILM YEAR: 1985 DIRECTOR: Peter Weir WRITER: William Kelley, Pamela Wallace, Earl W. Wallace STARRING: Harrison Ford, Kelly McGillis, Josef Sommer, Lukas Haas, Jan Rubes,...

Historical Circuit: Emotions Still Roll High in 1991’s ‘The Prince of Tides’ from Director...

TITLE OF FILM: “The Prince of Tides” FILM YEAR: 1991 DIRECTOR: Barbra Streisand WRITERS: Pat Conroy & Becky Johnston STARRING: Nick Nolte, Barbra Streisand, Kate Nelligan, Jeroen Krabbé, Jason...

Historical Circuit: There is Plenty of Room for Love in 1943’s ‘The More the...

TITLE OF FILM: “The More the Merrier” FILM YEAR: 1943 DIRECTOR: George Stevens WRITER: Richard Flournoy, Lewis R. Foster, Frank Ross, Robert W. Russell STARRING: Jean Arthur, Joel McCrea,...

Historical Circuit: ‘Mister Roberts’ Still Sails After 64 Years with Henry Fonda and Jack...

TITLE OF FILM: “Mister Roberts” FILM YEAR: 1955 DIRECTOR: John Ford, Mervyn LeRoy WRITER: Frank Nugent & Joshua Logan STARRING: Henry Fonda, Jack Lemmon, William Powell, James Cagney SYNOPSIS: The USS...

Historical Circuit: There is Still Light In the Oscar-winning ‘In the Heat of the...

TITLE OF FILM: "In the Heat of the Night" FILM YEAR: 1967 DIRECTOR: Norman Jewison WRITER: Stirling Siliphant STARRING: Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger, Warren Oats, Lee Grant SYNOPSIS: As "In the...

Historical Circuit: Martin Scorsese’s ‘Taxi Driver’ is Still Talking to Us 43 Years Later

TITLE OF FILM: "Taxi Driver" FILM YEAR: 1976 DIRECTOR: Martin Scorsese WRITER: Paul Schrader STARRING: Robert De Niro, Cybill Shepard, Jodie Foster, Peter Boyle, Harvey Keitel, Albert Brooks SYNOPSIS: In...

Historical Circuit: 30-Year-Old ‘Working Girl’ from Mike Nichols Still Resonates

TITLE OF FILM: “Working Girl” FILM YEAR: 1988 DIRECTOR: Mike Nichols WRITER: Kevin Wade STARRING: Melanie Griffith, Sigourney Weaver, Harrison Ford, Joan Cusack, Alec Baldwin, Phillip Bosco SYNOPSIS: ‘Working Girl’ opens...

Historical Circuit: ‘Some Like it Hot’ & Some Like the Past

At its best, film is a cohesive display of the passions of many. It is an art form where the poetry of words, the...

TCM And The African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) Present: The Black Experience On...

Month-long Programming Event Will Feature 13 Acclaimed Film Journalists and 32 Seminal Films Airs Every Tuesday and Thursday in September https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWi936cwxJo&feature=youtu.be Turner Classic Movies (TCM) and the African American...

Historical Circuit: ‘City Slickers’ Finds Comedy Gold

ACCA 1991: Over 25 years old, it's interesting to look at how the studio comedy has changed. Now we have raunchy comedies and action...

Historical Circuit: Ridley Scott’s ‘Thelma and Louise’ is Still Going After All These Years

There's a moment near the end of "Thelma and Louise" where the infamous duo must make a choice. One says to the other, "Let's...

Historical Circuit: The Enduring Legacy of John Singleton’s Poignant ‘Boyz n the Hood’

ACCA 1991: During the recently concluded awards season, the Hollywood Reporter published an interesting article in honor of the success of "Get Out". In...

Historical Circuit: ‘Bugsy’ Still Holds Its Own 27 Years Later

The Academy Awards honoring movies from the 1991 film-year were the fourth I had sat through as a young movie-lover (save me your old...

Historical Review: ‘Donnie Darko’ Remains a Thought-Provoking and Satirical Masterpiece the Third Time Around

Richard Kelly’s first film, "Donnie Darko" (2001), is among cinema's more impressive debuts. Though the then 26-year-old writer and director’s film was a box...

Historical Review: Bel Powley Carries ‘The Diary of a Teenage Girl’ on Her Shoulders

The autobiographical graphic novel, “The Diary of a Teenage Girl,” written by Phoebe Gloeckner, was adapted by Marielle Heller, who wrote the screenplay and directed...

TCM Announces Month-Long Slapstick Comedy Programming Special

Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will pay tribute to pratfalls and double-takes with Ouch! A Salute To Slapstick, a month-long programming special featuring more than...
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Historical Circuit: Top 35 Dance Sequences in Film, Vol. 2

If you read and enjoyed my previous foray into the world of dance in cinema, you'll notice how easy it was determining what constituted a...

Historical Circuit: Pretty Baby (1978) (★★★½)

By 1978 second-wave feminism saw many landmark decisions and events including the first National Women's Conference in a century, court cases involving marital rape,...

Historical Circuit: Smooth Talk (★★★)

In a year where female directed films have been in the spotlight, particularly through the lens of reviewer Marya Gates and her Year With...

Oscar Rematch: ‘Chinatown’ vs. ‘Day for Night’

In this week’s Oscar rematch we’re talking about one of the best film noir’s of all-time going once again with one of the best...

Historical Circuit Halloween: The Hunger (★★)

The vampire as a symbol in horror films has evolved throughout the years, with each decade's take on the fanged menace moving from representing...

Historical Circuit: The World of Henry Orient (★★½)

It's not often a film focusing on teenagers doesn't devolve into two young girls bickering about finding romance. Romance blooms in George Roy Hill's...

Historical Circuit: The Night of the Generals (★★)

Twilight Time could never have predicted the recent passing of Omar Sharif, star of their latest Blu-ray release, The Night of the Generals. Directed...

Historical Circuit: Double Indemnity (★★★★)

The epitome of film noir, Billy Wilder's Double Indemnity is still one of the sexiest movies ever made. TCM recently showed the movie in...

Historical Circuit: The Times of Harvey Milk (★★★)

Winner of the Best Documentary Feature at the 1985 Academy Awards, Rob Epstein's The Times of Harvey Milk was recently made available through Fandor...

Historical Circuit: Batman Begins (2005)

Was Christopher Nolan’s first entry in the Dark Knight trilogy the beginning of the modern day superhero movie?

Historical Circuit: Absolute Beginners (★★½)

By the 1980s British cinema was dying. Long the country known for prestige pictures like Gandhi and Chariots of Fire (put out by the...

Historical Circuit: Back to the Future (1985)

We don't need to hop in the DeLorean to revisit "Back to the Future," which turns 30 years old this week

Historical Circuit: [SAFE] (1995) (★★★★)

Exactly twenty years ago today, American audiences saw for the first time a nighttime drive down the San Fernando Valley through the windshield of...

Historical Circuit: Twilight Zone – The Movie (1983) (★★★)

I'm a critic who grew up with anthology shows, whether it was Tales From the Crypt (aka that show I was never supposed to...

Historical Circuit: Jaws (1975)

40 years ago "Jaws" was the first step in what would become the yearly ritual of summer blockbusters

Historical Circuit: Toy Story (1995)

As we’re getting ready for the ACCA revote on 1995, let’s take a closer look at one of the most influential films from that...

Historical Circuit: Pocahontas (★★½)

In honor of ACCA 1995, I've decided to pick a few titles that were special to my seven-year-old self that year. Don't assume it'll...

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