“Forget it, Jake. It’s Chinatown.” “Politicians, ugly buildings, and whores all get respectable if they last long enough.” “You’re a nosy fella, kitty cat, huh? You know what happens to nosy fellas? Huh? No? Wanna guess? Huh? No? Okay. They lose their noses.” The 1974 film as nominated for 11 Academy Awards, winning just for … More Chinatown

Michael Caine

Sir Michael is a very funny man, and quite a fine actor. Now 85 years old, there isn’t much he hasn’t done in his life or roles yet to play. I just finished his second autobiography, The Elephant to Hollywood, a sequel of sorts to What’s It All About? Not only was I reading his … More Michael Caine

Bullitt, The French Connection, The Seven-Ups

These three films have several things in common, including being produced by Philip D’Antoni, and having great car chases.  D’Antoni used many of the same crew on the three films including stunt driver/actor Bill Hickman, who was crucial to the films’ action sequences. Hickman had a long history as a stuntman in action films but … More Bullitt, The French Connection, The Seven-Ups

Borg vs McEnroe

Sports films are difficult to do successfully because it is such a common film genre, and there have been many excellent films about “the big game” or the famous sports hero. Tennis as a sport, does not translate well to the big screen, which may be the reason there are so few films about the … More Borg vs McEnroe

El Dorado

El Dorado was John Wayne’s 138th film, and was released about the same time as The War Wagon.  While critics were split on the film, El Dorado was a hit with fans and earned a profit at the box office.  It is my favorite John Wayne film. If you are looking for a hip, ground-breaking … More El Dorado

Being Orson Welles

“We will sell no wine before its time.” That was the tagline was from a wine commercial from the 1970’s. Orson Welles, one of the greatest filmmakers of all time, was cashing in during his later years. Who could blame him. Welles’ principal occupation was film director, but he pursued many avenues to earn a … More Being Orson Welles