Historical Circuit: Cabaret (****)

There is a moment in Cabaret, in my mind the single greatest musical ever made, that sets the film far apart from all other...

Historical Circuit: Star 80 (★★★)

This week's release of True Story, the eponymous "true story" of murderer Christian Longo (played by James Franco) who murdered his wife and children...

Historical Circuit: A Clockwork Orange (****)

How many films made almost forty years ago retain their power? Moreover, how many science fiction films made nearly forty years ago still look futuristic...

Historical Circuit: E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial (1982)

You could hear the sniffling around you, but could not quite believe there was so much of it. Looking around meant giving yourself away,...

Historical Circuit: Halloween (1978) – (***½)

There is no horror film more sinister or more brilliant than that of John Carpenter's Halloween.  Released October 25, 1978, Carpenter's film went on...

Halloween Historical Review: The Evil Dead (1981) – (★★★)

HISTORICAL HALLOWEEN: When I started scouting for Halloween themes I was given the suggestion of doing “video nasties.” I had little concept of what...

Historical Circuit: Velvet Goldmine (★★★)

My knowledge of director Todd Haynes was nil in 2004 when I sat down to watch Velvet Goldmine for the first time, and my...

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: Sunrise (1927) (★★★)

We’re going all the way back to 1927 for this week’s Historical Circuit in honor of 20th Century Fox’s release of the Academy Award...

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...

The TCM Top Ten for September 2014

School's back in session and that means we're officially nearing the end of the year! September is the last gasp before the onslaught of...

Historical Circuit: Bunny Lake is Missing (★★★)

Director Otto Preminger created some legendary dramas and mysteries such as Laura, The Man With the Golden Arm, and Anatomy of a Murder. But...

Historical Circuit: The Godfather Part II (****)

Is there a greater American film than The Godfather Part II (1974)? If there is, and I do not believe there is, I have...

Historical Circuit: Batman (1989)

"30 Days of Batman" Continues.... Tim Burton's Batman (1989), remains one of my favorite superhero films to hit the big screen.  Showcasing the many talents...

Historical Circuit: Batman Returns (**½)

Awards Circuit Presents: 30 Days of Batman It’s sort of hard to imagine now, what with The Avengers having demolished seemingly every box office record in...

Historical Circuit: Network (****)

While watching the hit reality show, Survivor, the grand daddy of all reality programs,  I recall seeing the dangerously delusional Coach, tell a story about...

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: U Turn (★★★★)

By 1997, Oliver Stone became the director known for railing about political conspiracies or governmental injustices in dramatic polemics like Born on the Fourth...

Historical Circuit: Across the Universe (****)

With the success of juke box musicals, this new phenomenon of using pre-existing pop and rock tunes and plunking them into a story, building...

A Storm is Coming…

You and your friends better batten down the hatches, ‘cause it already destroyed my Weekend Openings and it might blow you away too!  Actually,...

Circuit Rewind: Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005)

It's been ten years since our last 'Star Wars' outing, so in celebration of May the fourth, lets revisit "Episode III - Revenge of the Sith"

Historical Circuit: The Fantasticks (★★★½)

Reviewing director Michael Ritchie's adaptation of The Fantasticks - the longest running show in Broadway history - would have been better suited to last...

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: Under Fire (★★)

Communism and governmental coups dominated Latin America in the 1970s-1980s with US involvement remaining shadowy and ill-defined. Hollywood, despite not always calling on our...

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: Reds (****)

With the release of the new Peter Biskind book Star, a biography and study of actor-director-producer-writer Warren Beatty, I took a look at Reds (1981)...

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: Forrest Gump (★★★★)

The 1990s yielded several choices for this week’s Historical Circuit, and it’s expected considering I was able to watch and enjoy movies more as...

Sight and Sound Poll names ‘Vertigo’ #1 Film of All Time!

Every 10 years, Sight and Sound Magazine polls respected critics and directors about what they feel are the top 10 movies of all time....

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: The Godfather (****)

Written as a pulp novel, the studio brought in little known director-writer Francis Ford Coppola believing they could control him to make the film they...

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 Circuit: The Searchers (****)

John Ford was the greatest American director of the classic era, a poet with a camera, able to convery volumes of dialogue with a...

Historical Circuit: Gandhi (**)

I would bet my soul that one year after the Academy Awards were dominated by Richard Attenborough’s old fashioned biography of Gandhi (1982), the voters...

TCM Classic Film Festival: Day 3

The penultimate day of the festival was near-constant movement with a bump that caused me to leave the screening for How Green Was My Valley....

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