Hell On The Border

2019 Lionsgate Written and Directed by Wes Miller Produced by Curtis Nichouls/Henry Penzi/Sasha Yelaun Music by Sid De La Cruz/Savannah Latham Cinematography by Michael Brouphy Edited by Rowan Maher In the space of a decade give or take two or three years, Bass Reeves has gone from being the most famous lawman of The Old […]

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The Two Killings of Sam Cooke

2019 All Rise Films/Triage Entertainment/Netflix Directed by Kelly Duane De La Vega Written and Created by Jeff Zimbalist & Michael Zimbalist Produced by Max Landes Edited by Inbal B. Lessner/Katrina Taylor I’ve been told I have excellent taste in music. If so, I have to credit that to my parents, Leroy and Corine Ferguson who […]

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The BlacKkKlansman

2018 Blumhouse Productions/Monkeypaw Productions/40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks/Focus Features Directed by Spike Lee Produced by Jason Blum/Spike Lee/Raymond Mansfield/Sean McKittrick/Jordan Peele/Sean Redick Written by Charlie Watchtel/David Rabinowitz/Kevin Willmott/Spike Lee Based on “Black Klansman” by Ron Stallworth When I first heard about this movie I thought it was going to be a remake of the […]

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Yancy Derringer

Sharpe-Lewis/Derringer Productions/Official Films/Peter Rodgers Productions Original Run: October 1958-June 1959 34 Episodes Before I get into the review of YANCY DERRINGER I’d like to take a few words to explain why I love the Pulp Genre, both Classic and New so much and why I write what has been termed New Pulp. It’s very simple: […]

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The Lion In Winter

1968 Avco Embassy Pictures Directed by Anthony Harvey Written by James Goldman adopted from his Broadway play; “The Lion In Winter” Produced by Joseph E. Levine/Jane C. Nusbaum/Martin Poll “He’s here. He’ll get no satisfaction out of me. He isn’t going to see me beg.” “You chivalric fool… as if the way one fell down […]

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Victoria & Abdul

2017 BBC Films/Perfect World Pictures/Working Title Films/Cross Street Films/Focus Features/Universal Pictures Directed by Stephen Frears Produced by Tim Bevan/Eric Fellner/Beeban Kidron/Tracey Seeward Screenplay by Lee Hall Based on “Victoria & Abdul” by Shrabani Basu I have no idea if British cinema invented the period costume drama (that is a genre, right?) but they know how […]

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Isle Of The Dead

1945 RKO RADIO PICTURES Directed by Mark Robson Produced by Val Lewton Written by Ardel Wray Music by Leigh Harline Cinematography by Jack MacKenzie Edited by Lyle Boyer Those of you who are fans of horror movies are probably well acquainted with the career of Val Lewton. Even though he didn’t direct any of his […]

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Hidden Figures

2016 Fox 2000 Pictures/Chernin Entertainment/TSG Entertainment/20th Century Fox Directed by Theodore Melfi Produced by Donna Gigliotto/Peter Chernin/Pharrell Williams/Jenno Topping/Theodore Melfi Screenplay by Alison Schroeder/Theodore Melfi Based on “Hidden Figures” by Margot Lee Shetterly There are two stories of heroism running side-by-side in HIDDEN FIGURES. There’s the one we all know because it’s been so documented, […]

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The Right Stuff

1983 The Ladd Company/Warner Bros. Directed by and Screenplay by Philip Kaufman Produced by Irwin Winkler/Robert Chartoff\ Based on “The Right Stuff” by Tom Wolfe Music by Bill Conti Cinematography by Caleb Deschanel One of the reasons why THE RIGHT STUFF stands out in my memory is because I saw it during its original theatrical […]

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