Wuthering Heights – The original with Olivier. Have a box of Kleenex on hand.
The Pianist – Must-see. Based on actual events. Starring Adrien Brody.
The Andromeda Strain – Lean tension.
Adaptation – This girl Meryl Streep – she knows how to act.
Zodiac – Creepy. With Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Edwards, Robert Downey Jr.
Friday Night Lights – Billy Bob Thornton’s father was a high school coach, and Thornton’s performance here is dead on.
Down In The Valley – A lot of people like Ed Norton and here is a good reason why
Thirteen – Holly Hunter = perfection
Babe – an intrepid pig.
In The Line Of Fire – Cat and mouse with Eastwood and Malkovich. Best movie of 1993 IMO.
Frost/Nixon – Frank Langella deserved the Oscar for this one.
Pineapple Express – hahahahahahahahaha
What’s Up Doc? – Screwball comedy starring the all-time best couple of Hollywood filmdom.
A Day At The Races – Getcha tutsie-frutsie ice cream, Boss.
The Day Of The Jackal – The original based on an actual assassination plot against DeGaulle. Riveting.
Arsenic and Old Lace – Cary Grant is over-the-top.
Days of Heaven – A magical American tale best seen on the big screen. With Richard Gere and Sam Shepard.
Raging Bull – Scene of DeNiro talking to the mirror shows the depth of this actor. Captivating flick.
The Spy Who Came In From The Cold – A chilly cold war story. Burton past his peak, but still compelling.
Two Lovers – As always, Joaquin gets it done. Superb supporting cast. This one really stays with you.
It’s A Mad Mad Mad Mad World – SO many funny scenes here; my favorite probably the phone call between late greats Ethel Merman and Dick Shawn.
Charade – Cary Grant, a wacky Audrey Hepburn and the usual suspects. Paris plays a part.
Lost In Translation – Director star-struck by her own leading man. A few second takes would have made this good movie a great one.
Happy-Go-Lucky – A loopy, quirky character study
Apocalypse Now – Includes that iconic portrayal by Robert Duvall. Look for a non-matinee-idol Harrison Ford. The Redux version is interesting.
3 Women – Altman flick with Sissy Spacek (good as always) and top-notch performance from Shelley Duvall. A pre-cursor to “Mulholland Drive”.
The Taking Of Pelham 1-2-3 – Powerhouse actors battle wits against a New York City subway system backdrop: Walter Matthau v. Robert Shaw. With a nice turn from Martin Balsam and comic relief provided by Jerry Stiller.
2001: A Space Odyssey – “Open the pod-bay door, HAL.”
Rebel Without A Cause – note the picture in Sal Mineo’s locker; subtle. Dennis Hopper as one of “the kids”.
Bringing Up Baby – Screwball comedy starring masters of the genre Katherine Hepburn and Cary Grant.
Badlands – Murder, mayhem, and baton twirling with Sissy Spacek and Martin Sheen