This Halloween, check out my article on the classic horror film, Alien, and three great scenes displaying its perfection.
Movies and music. Flicks and tunes. Two great things that go great together. Since the advent of motion pictures, music has played a huge part in cinematic storytelling. In the days of silent movies, pianist, organists and, sometimes, small orchestras would play music along with the movie. Later, after films incorporated recorded sound, music (either… Continue reading 5 Songs That Created Incredible Movie Scenes
What makes a great movie great? The talented director Howard Hawks (The Big Sleep, Rio Bravo) provided an excellent answer when he declared that a great movie had "three great scenes, no bad ones." In light of Hawks's definition, today we're looking at three great scenes from what many consider the greatest movie of all… Continue reading One Great Movie, Three Great Scenes: Casablanca (1942)
This July 4th, I'll be sitting on a beach in Westhampton, NY, looking out at the Atlantic Ocean, and, as I do so, my thoughts will be on those things that represent the holiday to me: America's independence, fireworks, hot dogs, and the movie "Jaws." What? "Jaws" is a July 4th institution? Absolutely. The film is… Continue reading Jaws (1975): A July 4th Celebration
This Father's Day weekend, we're taking a look at a movie classic where a father/son relationship is a key component. There are plenty of great movies from which to choose, movies such as "Kramer vs. Kramer," "Nothing in Common," "Field of Dreams," or "The Road" (if you really, really want to feel bummed out). Today,… Continue reading Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989): Father’s Day with the Jones Boys
When you think of movies about mothers and daughters, a number of classics likely spring to mind: "Terms of Endearment," "Steel Magnolias," "Postcards from the Edge," and perhaps others. Yet, when I thought about mother-son movies, only two came to mind. The first film was "Mother," the funny 1996 film that starred Albert Brooks (who… Continue reading “Mother” (1996) – The Perfect Movie for Mother’s Day.
During a recent viewing of the original Star Wars (Episode 4: A New Hope just to make sure we're all on the same page) with my son, Ben, I noticed a problem with how Han Solo at one point in the movie. Admittedly, the "problem" is sort of a minor one, one of the type often… Continue reading Nerdy Dad: Han Solo
In researching and writing my “Groundhog Day” piece, I had a number of points that I wanted to use. However, as the piece became longer than I expected, I cut points out as they didn’t fit with what I wanted to say or derailed the flow. I thought about making the points in footnotes, but… Continue reading “Groundhog Day” Notes
It’s been twenty-five years since “Groundhog Day,” starring Bill Murray, premiered (a fact that I have a hard time accepting; of course, I have a hard time accepting that many things happened decades ago). “Groundhog Day” is one of my favorite comedies, with “Airplane,” a far different movie, its only competition for the top spot. … Continue reading Groundhog Day (or How an A-Hole Learned to Be Happy)
SEARCHING FOR BOBBY FISCHER (1993) (This blog was previously published, but due to a site re-organization is being published again). “Why are you standing so far away from me?” the sitting, shivering seven year old boy asks his pacing father, both wet as the rain comes down on them. The question interrupts the father’s stern… Continue reading Searching For Bobby Fischer