Movie Review: ‘Black Sunday’ (1977)

Black Sunday (1977) Written by: Ernest Lehman, Kenneth Ross, and Ivan Moffat Directed by: John Frankenheimer Starring: Bruce Dern, Martha Keller, Robert Shaw, Fritz Weaver On March 11, 1977, nearly a quarter of a century before Al Qaeda’s horrifying attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11, 2001, a relatively smallContinue reading “Movie Review: ‘Black Sunday’ (1977)”

Movie Review: ‘Oliver’s Story’

Oliver’s Story (1978) Written by: Erich Segal & John Korty Directed by: John Korty Starring: Ryan O’Neal, Candice Bergen, Ray Milland, Ed Binns With the popular and critical success of Arthur Hiller’s 1970 Love Story (it grossed over $100,000,000 at the box office), and perhaps taking some inspiration from Universal Studios’ tendency to make “let’sContinue reading “Movie Review: ‘Oliver’s Story’”

Movie Review: ‘Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World’

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003) Written  by: Peter Weir & John Collee Based on: Master and Commander and The Far Side of the World, by Patrick O’Brian Directed by: Peter Weir Starring: Russell Crowe, Paul Bettany, James D’Arcy, Billy Boyd, Max Pirkis, Lee Ingleby, Edward Woodall, Richard McCabe Even thoughContinue reading “Movie Review: ‘Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World’”

On Movies: P.J. Cai’s Review of ‘Ronnie and the Pursuit of the Elusive Bliss’

As the team who created Ronnie and the Pursuit of the Elusive Bliss prepares its next film project, it is timely (and appropriate) that P.J. Cai, blogger and a former reviewer at Epinions, wrote a review of the 2020 short film directed by actor/director/editor Juan Carlos Hernandez and written by Your Humble Correspondent over atContinue reading “On Movies: P.J. Cai’s Review of ‘Ronnie and the Pursuit of the Elusive Bliss’”

Musings & Thoughts for Sunday Morning, October 25, 2020, or: Reveille, Movie Reveries, and NaNoWriMo Update

Hello, there, Dear Reader. It’s getting close to late morning here in New Hometown, Florida on this Sunday, October 25, 2020. Currently, the temperature is 72˚F (22˚C) under partly sunny skies; with the wind barely blowing from the north-northeast at 1 MPH (2 KM/H) and humidity at 95%, the feels-like temperature is also 72˚F (22˚C).Continue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Sunday Morning, October 25, 2020, or: Reveille, Movie Reveries, and NaNoWriMo Update”

Movie Review: ‘Midway’ (2019)

Midway (2019) Directed by: Roland Emmerich Written by: Wes Tooke Starring: Ed Skrein, Tadanobu Asano, Luke Evans, Etsushi Toyokawa, Aaron Eckhart, Jun Kunimura, Nick Jonas, Peter Shinkoda, Mandy Moore, Hiro Kanawaga, Woody Harrelson, Patrick Wilson, Dennis Quaid From Smight to Emmerich In the summer of 1976, as the United States prepared to celebrate its Bicentennial, Universal Pictures released Midway,Continue reading “Movie Review: ‘Midway’ (2019)”

Movie Review: ‘The Great Escape’

The Great Escape (1963) Written by: James Clavell and W.R. Burnett Based on: The Great Escape (1950), by Paul Brickhill Directed by: John Sturges Starring: Richard Attenborough, Charles Bronson, James Coburn, James Donald, James Garner, Gordon Jackson, David McCallum, Steve McQueen, Hannes Messemer, Heinz Weiss Group Captain Ramsey (BSO): Colonel Von Luger, it is the swornContinue reading “Movie Review: ‘The Great Escape’”

Movie Review: ‘A Bridge Too Far’

  Lt. Gen. Horrocks: [briefing his XXX Corps officers on Operation Market Garden] Gentlemen, this is a story that you shall tell your grandchildren, and mightily bored they’ll be. [the officers laugh] The plan is called “Operation Market Garden”. “Market” is the airborne element, and “Garden”, the ground forces. That’s us. [points to a map behind him of Holland, showingContinue reading “Movie Review: ‘A Bridge Too Far’”

4K UHD/HD Blu-ray Set Review: ‘Jaws’ (45th Anniversary Limited Edition)

The Film That Made People Afraid of the Water Turns 45 Jaws (1975) Directed by: Steven Spielberg Written by: Peter Benchley and Carl Gottlieb. Based on the novel by Peter Benchley Starring: Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss, Lorraine Gary, Murray Hamilton On June 2, 2020, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment unleashed Jaws – 45th Anniversary Limited Edition, aContinue reading “4K UHD/HD Blu-ray Set Review: ‘Jaws’ (45th Anniversary Limited Edition)”

Movie Review: ‘The Longest Day’

The Longest Day  (1962) (Also known as Darryl F. Zanuck’s The Longest Day) Directed by: Andrew Marton (American Exterior Episodes), Ken Annakin (British Exterior Episodes), Bernhard Wicki (German Episodes), Darryl F. Zanuck (Uncredited) Written by: Cornelius Ryan, based on his book; Additional Episodes Written by James Jones, Romain Gary, David Pursall, and Jack Seddon Starring:Continue reading “Movie Review: ‘The Longest Day’”