The War Wagon

1967 Universal Directed by Burt Kennedy Produced by Marvin Schwartz Screenplay by Clair Huffaker Based on the novel “Badmen” by Clair Huffaker THE WAR WAGON combines two of my favorite genres into one rip-snorting package: The Western and The Caper Film. I absolutely love a good horse opera and many of my favorite movies are […]

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Silverado

1985 Columbia Pictures Directed by Lawrence Kasdan Produced by Lawrence and Mark Kasdan Written by Lawrence and Mark Kasdan I absolutely love Westerns. Much as I love most genres of movies, if you gave me a choice between say, a Science Fiction and a Western or a 1940’s Murder Mystery and a Western or a […]

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National Treasure

2004 Walt Disney Pictures Directed by Jon Turtletaub Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer Written by Jim Kouf, Oren Aviv & Charles Segar (story) Jim Kouf, Cormac Wibberley & Marianne Wibberley (screenplay) I had heard a lot about NATIONAL TREASURE before I saw it. Friends of mine told me to see it because it reminded them of […]

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Force 10 From Navarone

1978 Columbia Pictures Directed by Guy Hamilton Produced by Samuel Z. Arkoff Written by Robin Chapman and Carl Foreman Based on the novel by Alistair MacLean FORCE 10 FROM NAVARONE catches the attention right away with the rousing theme song by Ron Goodwin, which is a stirring, heart-pumping military march in the style of John […]

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Tommy

1975 Columbia Pictures Directed by Ken Russell Produced by Ken Russell and Robert Stigwood Screenplay by Ken Russell and Pete Townsend TOMMY is absolutely nuts. There’s no other way to describe this movie, which might best be seen as a cultural exercise if nothing else. After all, it’s nothing more than a bunch of MTV […]

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Contagion

2011 Warner Bros. Directed by Stephen Soderbergh Produced by Michael Shamberg and Stacy Sher Written by Scott Z. Burns I like Stephen Soderbergh as a filmmaker because of his unpredictability.  He makes films that obviously are personal projects because they’re the kind of movies that leave me scratching my head after I’ve seen them.  I’m […]

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Pennies From Heaven

1981 MGM Directed by Herbert Ross Produced by Herbert Ross & Nora Kaye Screenplay by Dennis Potter based on the BBC miniseries In 1979 Steve Martin and Bernadette Peters teamed up for what is one of The Ten Funniest Movies I’ve Ever Seen: “The Jerk”  It’s a movie that like “Blazing Saddles” “Porky’s” “Young Frankenstein” […]

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