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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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 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...

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...

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 Film Review: The Killer Elite (★★½)

Director Sam Peckinpah was well-known for his violently graphic and introspective films, as well as his incredibly difficult nature that ended up dooming his...

Historical Circuit: Gone With the Wind (1939) (**)

The return of the Historical Circuit starts, not with a whimper, but with a bang by irritating countless film fans around the world!  My...

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,...

Violent Saturday (★★½)

HISTORICAL CIRCUIT: If you think people get rowdy on Fridays, then you haven't seen people on a Violent Saturday. The joke may be poor, but...

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

Circuit Rewind: Crash (2005)

Award Circuit's newest column kicks things off with "Crash," celebrating its 10-year anniversary in 2015

Historical Circuit: The Dark Knight (***½)

30 Days of Batman continues... I've revitalized my review from 2008 of Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight with a hybrid, truly analyzing the film with...

Historical Circuit: Gaslight (★★★)

A family connection brought me into "Gaslight," but two great performances were the big takeaway

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 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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...

TCM Top Ten for May 2014

If you’re like me the summer time is the best season for movie watching.  Of course, the majority of movie patrons trot out to...

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...

Radio Days (★★★½)

HISTORICAL CIRCUIT: For everything that’s been written about Woody Allen, good or bad, you can’t ignore his fond embrace of nostalgia. And for audiences who’ve...

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...

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: Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the...

Fifty years.  That’s how old Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb is now.  That it is one...

Historical Circuit: 1982’s ‘An Officer and a Gentleman’ Makes the Most of Richard Gere

TITLE OF FILM: “An Officer and a Gentleman” FILM YEAR: 1982 DIRECTOR: Taylor Hackford WRITER: Douglas Day Stewart STARRING: Richard Gere, Debra Winger, David Keith, Louis Gossett Jr., Robert...

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...

Historical Circuit: Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (★★★)

My admission that I've never watched any episodes in the Star Wars franchise couldn't have come at a worse time.  I'm not sure if...

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...