The Hunt for Red October (1990)

The Hunt for Red October (1990) directed by John McTiernan. Jeffrey Jones as Skip Tyler. Skip: When I was 12, I helped my daddy build a bomb shelter in our basement because some fool parked a dozen warheads 90 miles off the coast of Florida. This thing could park a couple of hundred warheads off (read…)

Giving “Lola Versus” a 2nd look on Blu-ray

[Editor’s Note: I wasn’t crazy about Lola Versus when it played in theaters, but suspected it wasn’t quite deserving of the trashing I felt like giving it so I never reviewed it. I’m curious to revisit it now on home video with a different set of expectations. Be sure to check out Jackson’s interviews with (read…)

Little Darlings (1980) – Happy 50th Birthday, Kristy McNichol!

Little Darlings (1980) Directed by Ronald F. Maxwell. Matt Dillon as Randy and Kristy McNichol as Angel. Angel: So, where’d you get the car? Randy: The car? I borrowed it. Angel: What about the girl? Randy: She came with the car. Angel: What’s your name anyway? Randy: Me? Angel: Yeah, you. I know my name. (read…)

Teasing Daniel Day Lewis in Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln”

Shampoo (1975)

Shampoo (1975) Written by Robert Towne and Warren Beatty. Directed by Hal Ashby. Julie Christie as Jackie Shawn and Warren Beatty and George Roundy  Jackie: Are you really serious about the shop? George: Are you serious about Lester? Jackie: I asked you first. George: No, I’m never serious about anything. (Pointing to her car) How (read…)

The Long Watercooler

Fans of John Williams’ work with Steven Spielberg and George Lucas might not instantly recognize his work on Robert Altman’s The Long Goodbye. With lyrics by legendary songwriter Johnny Mercer, Williams theme is memorable for being repeated throughout the film in styles ranging from jazz vocal, jazz instrumental, muzak, tango, mariachi, sitar, love theme with (read…)

The Longest Yard (1974) – Go Seahawks!

The Longest Yard (1974) Directed by Robert Aldrich Jim Hampton as Caretaker and Burt Reynolds as Paul Crewe Crewe: Real friendly types you got around here. Caretaker: Might be your own fault. Crewe: Oh, really? Caretaker: Most of these old boys don’t have nothin’. Never had nothin’ to start with. But you, you had it (read…)

Sweet Dreams (1985) – Patsy Cline’s 80th Birthday

Sweet Dreams (1985) Directed by Karel Reisz Ed Harris as Charlie Dick and Jessica Lange as Patsy Cline Charlie: Hey, I want you to get your coat. I want to drive you some place for a drink. I want us to dance awhile, then I want us to get to know each other a lot (read…)

Encounters at the End of the World (2007) – Happy Belated 70th Birthday, Werner Herzog

Encounters at the End of the World (2007) Written, directed and narrated by Werner Herzog Werner Herzog (voiceover): The best connection is on military planes out of New Zealand, loaded with chained-down parts of polar stations. Most of the passengers had tucked into their laptops and their books and many of them were sleeping. Who (read…)

All That Jazz (1979)

All That Jazz (1979) Directed by Bob Fosse Roy Scheider as Joe Gideon and Jessica Lange as Angelique (not pictured) Angelique: Do you believe in love? Joe Gideon: I believe in saying “I love you.” Helps you concentrate.

Nothing Sacred (1937)

Nothing Sacred (1937) Directed by William A. Wellman. Frederic March as Wally Cook and Carole Lombard as Hazel Flag. Wally Cook: I got in touch with Oliver — Oliver Stone my editor. He’s toe dancing in the street waiting for us. Hazel Flagg: Oh, I hope he’s nice like you! Wally Cook: Well he’s got (read…)

The Green Mile (1999) RIP Michael Clarke Duncan: 1957 – 2012

The Green Mile (1999) Written and directed by Frank Darabont from the novel by Stephen King Michael Clarke Duncan as John Coffey Coffey: I couldn’t help it. I tried to take it back, but it was too late.

Bugsy (1991)

Bugsy (1999) Directed by Barry Levinson Joe Mantegna as George and Warren Beatty as Bugsy Siegel George: Jeez, Ben. The way you spend money, you’ll never have anything left! Bugsy: So? I’ll make more. It’s only dirty paper. George: What are you gonna do with a house, Benny? You’re only gonna be in Los Angeles (read…)

What’s New Watercooler Cat? RIP Hal David: 1921-2012

. Hal David died yesterday so he’s the subject of today’s Watercooler whether you know his name or not. Thing is, Burt Bacharach is probably more well known for his music, but without David’s lyrics… well it’s just not the same. Here they both are with the theme song to What’s New Pussycat? Funny thing (read…)

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965)

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965) Directed by Martin Ritt Richard Burton as Alec Leamas Leamas: What the hell do you think spies are? Moral philosophers measuring everything they do against the word of God or Karl Marx? They’re not. They’re just a bunch of seedy, squalid bastards like me. Little men, (read…)

Casbah (1948) – Yvonne De Carlo’s 90th Birthday

Casbah (1948) Directed by John Berry Douglas Dick as Carlo and Yvonne De Carlo as Inez Inez: Is there anything else you want… that you haven’t already taken? Carlo: What else are you offering? Inez: For you? The door.

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