Historical Circuit: Dead Ringers (****)

Jeremy Irons gave one of my favorite Oscar acceptance speeches.  Upon winning Best Actor for his shrewd performance as Claus von Bülow in Reversal of...

Historical Circuit: The Twilight Saga

Twilight (2008) - (**) It’s so bad, it’s almost good. I guess that’s how I and those who aren’t 15 year old girls would characterize Twilight....

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...

Historical Circuit: The Thing (***)

This is actually my first ever Historical Circuit review...go figure.  One would have thought that I would have done a few in the past...

Historical Circuit: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (**)

In anticipation of the upcoming Blackthorn, a "What If" on the exploits on an old Butch Cassidy, I decided to take a look back...

Historical Circuit: Citizen Kane (****)

Let me be clear before I begin writing this and you begin reading...I do not believe for one minute that Citizen Kane (1941) is...

Historical Circuit: Outbreak (**)

From Kramer vs. Kramer conquering the Oscars at the peak of second-wave feminism to Wag the Dog hitting theaters at around the time then-President...

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: Apocalypse Now (****)

The trees sway gently back and forth, as the screen goes from black to this image. It is a tropical jungle setting, and in...

Historical Circuit: Tootsie (****)

Not only is Tootsie (1982) the finest American comedy ever made, it is without question the greatest movie made about the art of acting!...

Historical Circuit: Heaven’s Gate (**)

Michael Cimino’s much maligned western epic is often discussed as being among the worst films ever made and the greatest failure in cinema history. It...

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: 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: The Shining (****)

When it was first released The Shining, directed by the legendary Stanley Kubrick, was not the great success, or critical hit it was hoped...

Historical Circuit: True Confessions (***)

One of the more under appreciated films of the eighties, True Confessions earned strong reviews upon being released, but sadly never really found an audience,...

Historical Circuit: The Passion of the Christ (****)

Religious groups went out of their minds after viewing Mel Gibson’s extraordinary study of the last few hours in Christ’s life because they were expecting...

Historical Circuit: Coming Home (****)

Jane Fonda’s angry attack on the United States and President Richard Nixon for American involvement in Viet Nam earned her the nickname “Hanoi Jane” and...

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...

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: The African Queen (****)

I confess to leaping (as much as I can these days) for joy when the courier delivered my press copy DVD of this outstanding...

Historical Circuit: All the President’s Men (****)

President Richard Nixon was re-elected in 1972 to his second term by one of the greatest landslides in the history of the United States Presidency....

Historical Circuit: Saving Private Ryan (****)

So much has been written about the film’s stunning opening sequence, and the closing battle that I often fear the film’s greatest moment is missed....

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: American Graffiti (****)

Without sounding condescending, which is clearly not my intent, this film will grow to mean more to you as you age. As you move...

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: 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: Blow Out (****)

The first time I saw Blow Out (1981) I was stunned by the work of actor John Travolta, who perhaps for the first time...

Historical Circuit: Apollo 13 (****)

(1995) Directed by Ron Howard When the Academy Award nominations were announced the movie excellence in 1995, I was stunned that Ron Howard was not nominated...

Historical Circuit: Manhattan (****)

This weekend, Woody Allen released his 41st full-length feature in select Los Angeles and New York theaters.  Sadly, the anticipation that greets his releases...

Historical Circuit: Mildred Pierce (***)

In preparation for the HBO miniseries, I decided to take a look at the original Mildred Pierce, about an independent and successful divorcée desperate...

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