The Top 20 Most Seductive Scenes in Classic Film

When talking about the differences between films of today and films of the studio era one that's always brought up is how studios conveyed...

Historical Circuit: The Breakfast Club (★★★)

Everyone between the ages of 15-45 has a memory associated with a John Hughes film. Seminal life experiences were defined as successes or failures based...

Historical Film Review: La Bamba (★★½)

Musical biopics are a dime a dozen as evidenced by Clint Eastwood's look at the Four Seasons in Jersey Boys and the recent Jimi...

The Secret of Santa Vittoria (★★★½)

The secret in Santa Vittoria is where a million bottles of wine are stashed, a mundane plot for a WWII comedy, right? Director Stanley...

Historical Circuit: Gorillas in the Mist (★★★★)

WOMEN IN CINEMA BONUS: March is Women's History Month and yet cinema is hard-pressed to devote their time to telling women's stories (women's stories as...

Circuit Rewind: Pretty Woman (1990)

Julia Roberts and Richard Gere paired up 25 years ago for the classic romantic comedy "Pretty Woman"

Circuit Rewind: Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

Monty Python created a legend all their own with some coconuts and a little bit of french taunting

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: 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: 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: Far From the Madding Crowd (1967) (★★)

In honor of its remake opening this week, let's go back to 1967 when Thomas Hardy's novel first received the big-budget Hollywood treatment. Far...

Historical Film Review: Che! (★★)

The first person to cross the finish line wins, a rule that Hollywood endorses no matter what. When revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara died in...

Historical Circuit: Mommie Dearest (★★★) – MOTHERS DAY EDITION

This Mother's Day we should all hug our moms...for fear they decide to beat us with a wire hanger! Mommie Dearest, the movie that's...

Circuit Rewind: Marty (1955)

The shortest Best Picture winner in history turns 60

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...

GREY GARDENS Restoration From Janus Films – Opens in Select Theaters March 6th!

Janus Films will release a new 2K restoration of GREY GARDENS made by the Criterion Collection in partnership with the Academy Film Archive at the Academy...

Historical Circuit: Annie (★½)

Oh boy.  I really have to control my anger and frustration for today's review in honor of the upcoming remake of Annie starring Quvenzhane Wallis and...

Circuit Rewind: Dancer in the Dark (2000)

The 2015 edition of the Cannes Film Fest is underway, so let's take a look back at one of its past winners in its 15th anniversary

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: Sleeping Beauty (★★½)

Disney is in a groove with their adaptations of fairy-tale origins, so in honor of their recent revision, Maleficent, I figured it was time to...

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...

Forever Amber (★½)

HISTORICAL CIRCUIT: Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and in the decade or so after the release of Gone With the Wind, we saw...

Historical Halloween: The Driller Killer (★)

This review is part of my 14 Days of Video Nasties, a series exploring films banned in the UK during the 1980s for various reasons...

Historical Circuit: The Picture of Dorian Gray (★★½)

Oscar Wilde's tale of immortal youth and blinding excess, The Picture of Dorian Gray, has been recounted in several adaptations throughout the decades, none...

Historical Circuit: Bright Eyes (★★★)

When I spoke to Jane Withers last May she talked quite a bit about filming Bright Eyes and her struggles working with Shirley Temple. I hated to admit...

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: 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: The Purple Rose of Cairo (★★★)

Every true cinema fan can name the movies that have caused them to feel transported, the ones elevating their life outside its often dire...

Valley of the Dolls (★½)

HISTORICAL CIRCUIT: "Was it real?  Was I there?"  Dionne Warwick and I appear to be asking the same question watching  viewing Valley of the Dolls.  Based 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: In the Heat of the Night

The 1968 Academy Awards was probably the most important year for film production, rivaled by the heralded “best year in cinema” works of 1939. ...

Historical Circuit: Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck Fall in Love in 1953’s ‘Roman Holiday’

TITLE OF FILM: “Roman Holiday” FILM YEAR: 1953 DIRECTOR: William Wyler WRITER: Dalton Trumbo, Ian McLellan Hunter, John Dighton STARRING: Audrey Hepburn, Gregory Peck, Eddie Albert SYNOPSIS: Amid a goodwill...

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...

Circuit Rewind: The Sound of Music (1965)

The hills are still alive 50 years later as "The Sound of Music" remains an all-time classic

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...