Darktown Strutters

1975 New World Pictures Directed by William Witney Produced by Gene Corman Written by George Armitage  “In fact, if you look from today’s perspective at 1970’s exploitation movies, they look like they were made on another planet. The basic elements in these movies are things you couldn’t put in movies today” -Joe Dante This is […]

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Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood

2019 Columbia Pictures/Bona Film Group/Heyday Films Written and Directed by Quentin Tarantino Produced by Quentin Tarantino/David Heyman/Shannon McIntosh Narrated by Kurt Russell Cinematography by Robert Richardson Edited by Fred Raskin The clue to the whole movie is right there in the title. “Once Upon A Time…” is the classic opening line of all of our […]

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The 10th Victim

1965 C.C. Champion/Les Films Concordia/Interfilm Directed by Elio Petri Produced by Carlo Ponti Screenplay by Tonino Guerra/Giorgio Salvioni/Ennio Flaiano/Elio Petri/Mickey Knox (English Dialog) Based on “The Seventh Victim” by Robert Sheckley I used to watch this movie a lot back in the 1970s when it was shown fairly often on Channel 9 here in Brooklyn, […]

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“…and justice for all.”

  1979 Columbia Pictures Directed by Norman Jewison Produced by Noman Jewison/Patrick Palmer Written by Valarie Curtin/Barry Levinson It’s easy to forget how great Al Pacino is or take his acting talent for granted because he’s been around for so long. That’s why I love the movies so much because when we start to forget […]

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Get Out

2017 Blumhouse Productions/QC Entertainment/Universal Pictures Directed and Written by Jordan Peele Produced by Jason Blum/Edward H. Hamm, Jr./Sean McKittrick/Jordan Peele Music by Michael Abels Cinematography by Toby Oliver Edited by Gregory Plotkin Years and years ago I was having a discussion with a Caucasian friend of mine. Over copious amounts of alcoholic beverages we discussed […]

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Valley Of The Dolls

1967 20th Century Fox Directed by Mark Robson Produced by David Weisbart Screenplay by Helen Deutsch/Dorothy Kingsley/Harlan Ellison (uncredited) Based on the novel “Valley of The Dolls” by Jacqueline Susann Music by John Williams Songs by Andre Previn & Dory Previn People always give me The Look when during a discussion about movies I mention […]

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Top Five

2014 Written and Directed by Chris Rock Produced by Eli Bush, Barry Diller and Scott Rudin IAC films/Scott Rudin Productions/Paramount Pictures “Sometimes it’s just a movie” “It’s never just a movie.” Those lines of dialog are spoken by the two main characters in one of the first scenes of TOP FIVE: The first line is spoken […]

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The Grand Budapest Hotel

2014 American Empirical Pictures/Fox Searchlight Studios Directed by and Screenplay by Wes Anderson Produced by Wes Anderson, Jeremy Dawson, Steve M. Rales and Scott Rudin Story by Wes Anderson and Hugo Guiness Music by Alexandre Desplat Cinematography by Robert Yeoman Edited by Barney Pilling One of the main characters in THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL works […]

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