Air combat in World War II was ruthless. You didn’t see the enemy’s face nor the targets you bombed on the ground.
He was the Silver Screen’s consummate tough guy, voted the Number One Star in Hollywood history by the American Film Institute. He played down and out drifters, ambitious treasure hunters, suave expatriates, and even mad scientists, all with equal aplomb.
Big John Wayne made quite a few movies during his lifetime, counting among his onscreen portrayals a myriad of professions, including Navy skipper, Marine flier, police detective, heavyweight boxer, airline pilot, government agent, sea captain, and football player.
For the first time, Meryl Streep has starred in a Robert Altman film, and appropriately, she feels right at “home” with the new comedy A Prairie Home Companion.
What makes a Western film a Western? Is it just good guys in white hats vs. bad guys in black hats? Is it just the presence of horses, six-shooters and a fight in the town saloon? I hope not.
If director Quentin Tarantino was stranded on a desert island, the cast of the hit ABC television drama Lost — namely star Naveen Andrews — would be high on his list of preferred fellow castaways.
Now that Frankenstein had reached iconic status since its introduction by Shelly, it lent itself to parodies and reinterpretations.
We TV collectors might seem odd in that we collect the series we already know well from having watched countless times before. But seeing something “fresh” isn’t the point, is it? In the case of The Twilight Zone, there’s always more to discover and appreciate in repeat viewings ...
Hollywood musicals have been with us ever since “talkies” appeared on the scene about 75 years ago. Although most musicals were geared toward mainstream audiences, a surprising number were aimed at niche markets. “Niche” is just a polite way of saying rural white folks or urban black folks.
If you were a kid during the late 1940s or early ’50s and you lived within reach of the DuMont TV network, it’s a safe bet that Captain Video was part of your life.