Two-Lane Blacktop

1971 Universal Pictures Directed by Monte Hellman Produced by Michael Laughlin Written by Rudolph Wurlitzer Right from the start I’m going to tell you that most of you who decide to watch TWO-LANE BLACKTOP after reading this review aren’t going to like it. And I’m going to tell you why so pay attention: TWO-LANE BLACKTOP […]

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Twister

1996 Warner Bros. and Universal Pictures Directed by Jan deBont Produced by Ian Bryce, Steven Spielberg, Michael Crichton, Kathleen Kennedy Written by Michael Crichton, Anne Marie Martin TWISTER falls into the weird in-between category of it not being a really good movie but it isn’t an especially bad one, either.  It’s not a movie that […]

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Brooklyn’s Finest

2010 Overture Films Directed by Antoine Fuqua Produced  by Basil Iwanyk, John Langley, John Thompson and Elie Cohn Written by Michael C. Martin It struck me even back then as somewhat unusual and even slightly humorous  that the two police/crime movies to hit theaters that year were actually throwbacks.  “Cop Out” is a homage to […]

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Better In The Dark #130

Episode 130: THE GENTLEMAN WITH BLOOD IN HIS TEETH–A CELEBRATION OF CHRISTOPHER LEE It’s time to induct the latest member of our Hall of Great, Great Men….and just in time for his 90th birthday, the Boys Outta Brooklyn raise their glass and honor the great Christopher Lee! Join Tom and Derrick as they explain why […]

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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

2012 Fox Searchlight Pictures Directed by John Madden Produced by Graham Broadbent Written by Ol Parker Based on “These Foolish Things” by Deborah Moggach Sonny Kapoor (Dev Patel) is way in over his head but he’s got enthusiasm, confidence and pluck enough to fill Yankee Stadium.  He’s inherited a dilapidated business from his deceased father, […]

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American Gangster

2007 Universal Pictures Directed by Ridley Scott Produced by Brain Grazer and Ridley Scott Screenplay by Steve Zaillian Based on the article “The Return of Superfly” by Mark Jacobson This isn’t the first time that Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe have squared off against each other in a movie.  Anybody remember the 1995 sci-fi thriller […]

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A Gathering Of Old Men

1987 Consolidated Productions/Jennie & Co. Directed by Volker Schlondorff Produced by Gower Frost Screenplay by Charles Fuller Based on the novel “A Gathering Of Old Men” by Ernest J. Gaines It’s a boiling hot summer day in a Louisiana sugar cane field once upon a time in the 1970’s.  An overweight black man named Charlie […]

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