Yes, Dr. No

Dr. No, the film that launched the ongoing James Bond franchise premiered in London 50 years ago this Friday, October 5 so this week’s Watercooler Musical Interlude is the opening title sequence from that very film. You’ll recognize the James Bond Theme credited to Monty Norman, arranged by John Barry and played by the John (read…)

Love Story (1970)

Love Story (1970) Directed by Arthur Hiller Ray Milland as Oliver Barrett III and Ryan O’Neal as Oliver Barrett IV Oliver III: Oliver, if you marry her now, I’ll not give you the time of day. Oliver IV: Father, you don’t know the time of day.

Looper (2012)

I’m sure a smarter person than me could figure out how Looper was going to work itself out well in advance while also picking apart the logic of the various story elements, but the wonderful thing about this surprisingly moving new sci-fi time travel flick is that it satisfyingly manages to keep its flaming narrative machetes in the air without ever taking its eye off the things that really matter: emotional and thematic depth. Christopher Nolan should lie awake at night wishing his empty puzzle box of a movie Inception had half the gut-level resonance of this particular puzzle box from writer/director Rian Johnson…

MASH (1970)

MASH (1970) Directed by Robert Altman Robert Duvall as Major Frank Burns and Donald Sutherland as Captain Hawkeye Pierce Hawkeye: Would you care to imbibe, sir? Frank: I don’t drink. Hawkeye: Jesus Christ, I think he means it.

Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best (2012)

[Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best made it’s theatrical debut on the East Coast last week and it lands in selected West Coast theaters today. You can find a list of theaters here] Somewhere along the line, young filmmakers figured out if they make films that fit certain templates, they’ll have a leg up in garnering (read…)

A Shot in the Dark (1964) – RIP Herbert Lom: 1917-2012

A Shot in the Dark (1964) Directed by Blake Edwards Herbert Lom as Charles Dreyfus Dreyfus: Give me ten men like Clouseau and I could destroy the world.

Auntie Mame (1958)

Auntie Mame (1958) Directed by Morton Dacosta Jan Handzlik as Patrick Dennis and Fred Clark as Mr. Babcock Patrick: Would you care for an olive? Auntie Mame says olives take up too much room in such a little glass.

The Night of the Hunter (1955)

The Night of the Hunter (1955) Directed by Charles Laughton Lillian Gish as Rachel Cooper Rachel Cooper: It’s a hard world for little things.

The Big Combo (1955)

The Big Combo (1955) Directed by Joseph Lewis Brian Donlevy as Joe McClure and Richard Conte as Mr. Brown Mr. Brown: Take a look at Joe McClure here. He used to be my boss, now I’m his. What’s the difference between me and him? We breathe the same air, sleep in the same hotel – (read…)

Convoy (1978)

Convoy (1978) Directed by Sam Peckinpah Kris Kristofferson as Martin “Rubber Duck” Penwald and Ali MacGraw as Melissa (not pictured) Melissa: That’s incredible. Where are they all coming from? Rubber Duck: Everywhere. Melissa: I can’t believe it. Why? Rubber Duck: Don’t ask me. Ask them. I’m runnin’ for my life myself. Melissa: Yeah, but they’re (read…)


This week’s Watercooler Musical Interlude is a song especially written for the 1972 movie version of Cabaret and was so popular, it has been added into subsequent stage productions. That’s all from me this week. Now it’s your turn. Has anyone seen anything lately worth talking about? Lay it on me.

Clueless (1995)

Clueless (1995) Written and directed by Amy Heckerling Paul Rudd as Josh and Alicia Silverstone as Cher Josh: I can’t believe I’m taking advice from someone who watches cartoons. Cher: That’s Ren & Stimpy. They’re way existential. Josh: Do you have any idea what you’re talking about? Cher: Nooo… Why? Do I sound like I (read…)

The Day of the Jackal (1973)

The Day of the Jackal (1973) Directed by Fred Zinnemann Eric Porter as Colonel Rodin and Edward Fox as The Jackal Colonel Rodin: We are not terrorists, you understand. We are patriots. Our duty is to the soldiers who died fighting in Algeria and to the 3 million French citizens who have always lived there. (read…)

The Cats Bah (1954) – Chuck Jones’ 100th Birthday

The Cats Bah (1954) Written by Michael Maltese. Directed by Chuck Jones. Pepe Le Pew voiced by Mel Blanc Pepe Le Pew: Just to theenk, radiant flower, you do not have to come with me to ze Casbah. We are already here! And so, mon chere (mwah, mwah), we can do away with ze dull (read…)

Speaking with Richard Gere about “Arbitrage” and as many other things as I could cover in 20 minutes

Richard Gere and director Nicholas Jarecki on the set of their new film Arbitrage I recently had the great pleasure to speaking with Richard Gere about his new thriller Arbitrage (in theaters and on VOD right now) for Awards Daily. We covered quite a bit of ground in 20 minutes, from the film itself, to (read…)

A Christmas present for musical fans: “Les Miserables” drops an extended look

Drive (2011)

Drive (2011) Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn Ryan Gosling as Driver, Albert Brooks as Bernie Rose and Bryan Cranston as Shannon (not pictured) Shannon: Kid, I want you to meet Bernie Rose. Bernie: Nice to meet you (reaches out his hand to shake). Driver: My hands are a little dirty. Bernie: So are mine.

Trailer #2 for Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Citizen’s Band (1977)

Citizen’s Band (1977) Directed by Jonathan Demme Roberts Blossom as Papa Thermodyne and Paul Le Mat as Spider (not pictured) Spider: Look, uh, I’m gonna go to town today. I got some things to do. I left some, uh, hotdogs in the refrigerator and I put your Ding Dongs next to the toasted marshmallows. Is (read…)

Chico & Rita hits DVD/Blu-ray

[Editor’s Note: Be sure to check out Jackson’s February interview with director Fernando Trueba.] Chico & Rita hit theaters in February of this year after receiving a surprise Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature and near universal raves from critics. The visually-stunning film packed audiences into arthouses, and led to the release of a graphic (read…)

Lost in Translation (2003)

Lost in Translation (2003) Written and directed by Sofia Coppola Scarlett Johansson as Charlotte and Bill Murray as Bob Harris Bob: What do you do? Charlotte: Umm… I not sure yet, actually.

Rumble Fish (1983) – Happy Belated 60th Birthday Mickey Rourke

Rumble Fish (1983)  Directed by Francis Ford Coppola Matt Dillon as Rusty James and Mickey Rourke as The Motorcycle Boy. Motorcycle Boy: California… California’s like, uh… yeah… California’s like a beautiful, wild… beautiful, wild girl on heroin, who’s high as a kite, thinkin’ she’s on top of the world, not knowing she’s dying even if (read…)


Earlier this afternoon I had the pleasure of sitting down to a chat with Richard Gere to talk about his new film Arbitrage for Awards Daily. That explains this morning’s Primal Fear quote and it explains this week’s Watercooler Musical Interlude. Here is John Barry’s interpretation of three great Duke Ellington tunes – The Mooche, (read…)

Primal Fear (1996)

Primal Fear (1996) Directed by Gregory Hoblit Richard Gere as Martin Vail and John Mahoney as John Shaughnessy Shaughnessy: Let me tell you something. It’s a mistake to stick your thumb in the eyes of the most powerful people in this city. Vail: It’s not their eyes I’m aiming for.

Blood Simple (1984)

Blood Simple (1984) Directed by Joel Coen. Written by Ethan Coen and Joel Coen. M. Emmett Walsh as Loren Visser Visser: Who looks stupid now?

The Master (2012)

Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master opens to the soft, whispering sounds of the sea followed by an image of swirling foam eddies stirred up behind a ship on the turquoise ocean. It’s a motif Anderson returns to again and again throughout the film and it bespeaks turmoil and rudderless wandering. A sailor on that ship, (read…)

The Ladykillers (1955)

The Ladykillers (1955) directed by Alexander Mackendrick Danny Green as One-Round One-Round: And all the time you been telling me how stupid I am. Okay. So who looks stupid now, eh?

Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln” for real this time

Steven Spielberg directs two-time Academy Award® winner Daniel Day-Lewis in “Lincoln,” a revealing drama that focuses on the 16th President’s tumultuous final months in office. In a nation divided by war and the strong winds of change, Lincoln pursues a course of action designed to end the war, unite the country and abolish slavery. With the moral courage and fierce determination to succeed, his choices during this critical moment will change the fate of generations to come.

Pulp (1972)

Pulp (1972) Written and directed by Mike Hodges. Michael Caine as Mickey King. Mickey King (voiceover): The writer’s life would be ideal, but for the writing. That was the problem I had to overcome. Then I read in the Guiness Book of Records about Earle Stanley Gardner, the world’s fastest novelist who can dictate up (read…)

Interview with “Snow White and the Huntsman” FX supervisor Cedric Nicolas-Troyan for Awards Daily

Snow White and the Huntsman, Universal’s retelling of the classic fairy tale starring Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron and Chris Hemsworth, debuted on blu-ray yesterday with the usual compliment of extras, knick knacks and DVD gewgaws. Among them is a commentary track by director Rupert Sanders, co-editor Neil Smith and visual effects co-supervisor Cedric Nicolas-Troyan. The (read…)

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