'Detroit' Movie: Kathryn Bigelow 1967 Riots Depiction 'Horribly Real' & 'Deeply Self-Serving'

Detroit movie street riot scene: The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty director Kathryn Bigelow tackles the 1967 Detroit riots in “horribly real” and “deeply self-serving” 2017 release marketed as a “dramatic thriller.” Kathryn Bigelow's 'Detroit' movie: Horribly real semidocumentary or self-serving Hollywood depiction of 1967 Detroit Rebellion? In the city of Detroit, from July 23 through July 27 of 1967, the people rebelled against […]

Ronald Colman Movies: 'A Tale of Two Cities' & 'The Prisoner of Zenda'

Ronald Colman: Turner Classic Movies' Star of the Month in two major 1930s classics Updated: Turner Classic Movies' July 2017 Star of the Month is Ronald Colman, one of the finest performers of the studio era. On Thursday night, TCM presented five Colman star vehicles that should be popping up again in the not-too-distant future: A Tale of Two Cities, The Prisoner of Zenda, Kismet, […]

'The Great Wall' Movie: Zhang Yimou-Matt Damon Collaboration Proof Countries Should Work Together?

The Great Wall movie with Matt Damon: Awkward-accented British mercenary fights the Taotie in costly Chinese-American collaboration. 'The Great Wall' movie: Zhang Yimou-Matt Damon collaboration evidence that – for better or for worse – countries can work together In this divisive age, when countries are turning inward with a nationalist, xenophobic fervor, it's comforting to know that the United States and China, their relationship mercurial […]

'Die Nibelungen': Siegfried Eclipsed by Powerful Women in Masterful Fritz Lang Tragedy

Die Nibelungen: Siegfried: Paul Richter as the tragic dragon-slaying hero of medieval Germanic mythology – with a bit from Homer's Iliad thrown in. 'Die Nibelungen': Enthralling silent classic despite complex plot and countless characters Based on the medieval epic poem Nibelungenlied, itself inspired by the early medieval Germanic saga about the Burgundian royal family, Fritz Lang's two-part Die Nibelungen is one of those movies I […]

'Ben-Hur' 2016 Trailer: Faster & Furiouser CGI Feast

'Ben-Hur' 2016 trailer with Jack Huston: Deadly chariot race in religious epic for the CGI-loving crowd. 'Ben-Hur' 2016 trailer: 'Gladiator' meets 'Fast Seven' meets 'Star Wars' meets… Paramount Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer have released the trailer for their Ben-Hur 2016 remake (or reboot or readaptation) – a.k.a. Fast and Furious A.D., as one wag called it in an online comment. Instead of grandiose spectacle featuring at […]

'Finding Neverland' Movie Review: Johnny Depp as James M. Barrie Disney Style

'Finding Neverland' movie: Johnny Depp as James M. Barrie a.k.a. J.M. Barrie, with the Llewelyn Davies family: Kate Winslet, Freddie Highmore, Joe Prospero, Nick Roud and Luke Spill. 'Finding Neverland' movie review: Losing reality Back in 2001, German-born director Marc Forster (Quantum of Solace, World War Z) brought a much welcome non-Hollywood touch to the independently made psychological drama Monster's Ball. Besides the daring (if […]

'The Fixer' Movie: Preachy & Simple-Minded Drama About the Politics of Anti-Semitism

'The Fixer' movie cast: Alan Bates, Dirk Bogarde and Ian Holm (background left) in political drama about the persecution of Jews in Czarist Russia. 'The Fixer' movie review: 1968 anti-Semitism political drama wrecked by cast, direction and its own good intentions In 1969, director John Frankenheimer declared that he felt “better about The Fixer than anything I've ever done in my life.” Considering Frankenheimer's previous […]

'Being Julia' Movie Review: Annette Bening Bette Davis-ish Showcase

'Being Julia' movie: Annette Bening and Shaun Evans: 'All About Eve' with a London setting. 'Being Julia' movie review: Annette Bening showcase tells us a little about Avice Being Julia movie antecedents: In Joseph L. Mankiewicz's 1950 Oscar-winning classic All About Eve, Bette Davis plays Margo Channing, a major Broadway star who, despite her talent, wit, and some forty-odd years on this planet, falls prey […]

'Downfall' Movie Review: Iconic Bruno Ganz Hitler Portrayal

'Downfall' movie with Bruno Ganz: Iconic Adolf Hitler. 'Downfall' movie: Overlong and overwrought World War II drama lifted by several memorable performances Oliver Hirschbiegel's German box office hit Downfall / Der Untergang is a generally engrossing psychological-historical drama whose emotional charge is diluted by excessive length, an overabundance of characters, and a tendency to emphasize the more obvious aspects of the narrative. On the positive […]

'Nicholas and Alexandra' Movie Review: Lavish 1971 Political Epic Too Old-Fashioned

'Nicholas and Alexandra' 1971 movie with Michael Jayston and Janet Suzman. 'Nicholas and Alexandra' movie review: Opulent 1971 spectacle lacks emotional core Nicholas and Alexandra is surely one of the most sumptuous film productions ever made. Production designer John Box's elaborate sets, Yvonne Blake's equally elaborate costumes, Richard Rodney Bennett's lush musical score, and frequent David Lean collaborator Freddie Young's richly textured cinematography provide the […]

Jack Huston in 'Ben-Hur' Remake?

Jack Huston. Jack Huston cast in 'Ben-Hur' remake? 'Boardwalk Empire' actor to follow in the footsteps of Ramon Novarro and Charlton Heston Jack Huston, best known for playing World War I veteran-turned-bootlegger-cum-assassin Richard Harrow in the HBO series Boardwalk Empire, may star in the latest Ben-Hur “remake,” to be jointly produced by Paramount and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. I have “remake” between quotes because officially this fourth big-screen […]

'Inside Llewyn Davis' Review: Effortless Oscar Isaac Is 'Last Folk Singer Who Didn't Make It'

Inside Llewyn Davis with Oscar Isaac as “the last folk singer who didn't make it.” Written and directed by veterans Joel and Ethan Coen (Blood Simple, Raising Arizona), Inside Llewyn Davis offers “their deepest dive into characterization since their inward-looking masterpiece A Serious Man.” 'Inside Llewyn Davis' review: Effortless Oscar Isaac as 'the last folk singer who didn't make it' Since the Coen Brothers are […]

'Ben-Hur' 1925: Fast & Furious Epic at Historic Theater

'Ben-Hur' 1925 with Ramon Novarro: The chariot race. 'Ben-Hur' 1925: Fast & furious epic Los Angeles screening Directed by Fred Niblo and starring Ramon Novarro, the 1925 Ben-Hur, a.k.a. Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ, will be screened at 8 p.m. on Wed., June 26, '13, at the historic Orpheum Theatre in downtown Los Angeles. Clark Wilson will provide live accompaniment on the Orpheum's original […]

'The Great Gatsby' 2013: Second Best Leonardo DiCaprio Debut Ever?

'The Great Gatsby' 2013 with Leonardo DiCaprio. Leonardo DiCaprio The Great Gatsby movie box office: DiCaprio's second biggest opening ever – but trailing Titanic in ticket sales May 13, '13, update: The Great Gatsby movie adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel earned $50.08m at the North American box office this past weekend, including $3.25 million from late Thursday night showings, according to weekend box […]

'Les Misérables' Reviews: Mixed Opinions About Maximalist Approach to Killer Pipes

Les Misérables with Eddie Redmayne and Amanda Seyfried. In Tom Hooper's film version of the international stage musical hit based on Victor Hugo's early-19th-century-set classic novel about the long & demented arm of the Law, Amanda Seyfried, of Mamma Mia! and Dear John fame, plays the ill-fated factory worker-turned-sex worker Fantine's out-of-wedlock daughter and ex-con Jean Valjean's protégée Cosette, while The Other Boleyn Girl and My Week with […]

'Lincoln' Film: Steven Spielberg Period Political Drama Far Surpasses Expectations

Lincoln film with Daniel Day-Lewis. Initially known as a filmmaker whose target audience consisted of children, teenagers, and assorted movie-thrill seekers, Steven Spielberg (Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial) began expanding his range with the highly successful melodrama The Color Purple (1985). Since then, Spielberg has mixed commercial fluff/thrill rides (Always, Hook, Jurassic Park, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull) with […]

'Lincoln': Daniel Day-Lewis' Third Best Actor Oscar? + Golden Globes Skirt Academy Regulations

Daniel Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln: Daniel Day-Lewis for Oscar 2013? Ever since it was announced that Steven Spielberg was going to direct an Abraham Lincoln biopic, film pundits, bloggers, lovers, and gossipers immediately began predicting Oscar nominations – and/or victories – for the film, its director, its crew, and its stars (whoever they might be; later on, specifically for Daniel Day-Lewis once his name […]

'Beautiful Disaster': Jamie McGuire Book to Become a Movie? + 'Anna Karenina' Poster

Beautiful Disaster acquired by Warner Bros. The film rights to Jamie McGuire's Beautiful Disaster, (initially) a self-published novel, has been acquired by Warner Bros. McGuire's story has been described as a tamer variation of the online literary hit Fifty Shades of Grey. Beautiful Disaster synopsis Beautiful Disaster follows a goody-goody college student (with a dark past), Abby Abernathy, who becomes the target of tattooed bad […]

'Bel Ami' Trailer 2012: Robert Pattinson Realizes Sex Is Most Effective Social-Climbing Gear

Bel Ami 2012 poster with Robert Pattinson, Uma Thurman, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Christina Ricci. Shot in early 2010 but coming out in 2012, the latest film version of Guy de Maupassant's Bel Ami is also the latest attempt of Twilight Saga performer Robert Pattinson to both extend his range and gain respect as an actor. Previous attempts to date – Remember Me, Water for […]

Catwoman & Spider-Man + Madonna & New TDK Posters

This year's Oscar show may have been a critical and ratings flop, but the careers (of at least some) of those involved clearly haven't suffered as a result. Co-producer Don Mischer has been called back to co-produce the Oscar 2012 ceremony with action filmmaker Brett Ratner; James Franco stars in the well-received The Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which is expected to top […]

Douglas Fairbanks' 'Robin Hood' Academy Screening

Enid Bennett, Douglas Fairbanks, Robin Hood Long before Errol Flynn, Russell Crowe, and Kevin Costner – and their Men in Tights – there was Douglas Fairbanks and his Men in Tights. Robin Hood, a.k.a. Douglas Fairbanks in Robin Hood will be screening tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. The Robin Hood screening […]

'Ran': Akira Kurosawa Classic

Akira Kurosawa's Ran “Critical cribbing” is a term I coined in regard to the tendency of critics, in all fields, to not engage a work of art directly, but rather to fall back on lazily repeating claims that have been made by others about the work they are reviewing. Sometimes, these are positive blurbs; other times, they are bits of misinformation repeated endlessly – e.g., […]

'A Tale of Two Cities' Review: Ronald Colman Brilliant Charles Dickens Hero

Jack Conway's A Tale of Two Cities Although not as widely known as other Old Hollywood spectacles, David O. Selznick's film production of Charles Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities, set during the time of the French Revolution, is far, far better than most of the other period dramas made during the studio era. Starring former silent-screen heartthrob Ronald Colman; featuring respected supporting players such […]

'Memoirs of a Geisha': Great-Looking But Artificial Period Drama

Ziyi Zhang, Ken Watanabe, Memoirs of a Geisha There are some movies that are released before their time. Only years or decades later, do they come to be appreciated. In the case Rob Marshall's Memoirs of a Geisha, based on Arthur Golden's bestseller about the life and love of a young geisha in pre-World War II Japan, it's the other way around. It is a […]

'Braveheart' Review: Mel Gibson as Christ-Like Nationalist Martyr

Mel Gibson, Braveheart Synopsis: In the late 13th century, the twenty-something Scottish knight William Wallace (Mel Gibson), a.k.a. Braveheart, leads a group of Scottish rebels against the occupying English forces. Wallace's goal is to attain freedom for his fellow Scots, while also avenging the deaths of his father, brother, and wife. In-between battles and prior to his brutal demise at the hands of the English, […]

Turner Classic Movies: Dysfunctional-Family-Oriented Christmas Films + Katharine Hepburn Double Dose

Turner Classic Movies presents Katharine Hepburn in Little Women 1933: Up to the Christmas Day viewer to decide whether George Cukor's Best Picture Academy Award nominee is immensely moving or immeasurably cloying. Either way, Little Women was a major critical and commercial hit, solidifying Katharine Hepburn's standing as one of RKO's top stars. That same year, the recent Broadway import could be seen as a […]

Ramon Novarro Is Scaramouche + María Félix Is 'La Bandida' & Marlon Brando Is Emiliano Zapata

Alice Terry, Ramon Novarro in Rex Ingram's Scaramouche Ramon Novarro is back for the fourth and last installment of Turner Classic Movies' Sunday evening celebration of the 100 years of the Mexican Revolution. Tonight, Novarro's vehicle is Scaramouche (1923), one of his most prestigious critical and box office hits, and one featuring another revolution, the one in France back in the late 18th century. Directed […]

'Robin Hood' Reviews, Russell Crowe Movie Opens Cannes with a Thud

Russell Crowe, Robin Hood Directed by Ridley Scott and written by Brian Helgeland (of Green Zone), Robin Hood stars Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett (as Lady Marion), Max von Sydow, William Hurt, Oscar Isaac (as Prince John), Mark Strong, Danny Houston (as King Richard The Lionheart), Eileen Atkins (as Eleanor of Aquitaine), Mark Addy (as Friar Tuck), and Matthew Macfadyen (as the Sheriff of Nottingham). Below […]

'Avatar' Box Office vs. 'Titanic': Box Office (Adjusted) Comparison

Avatar hasn't been the top weekend grosser at the U.S. and Canada box office since late January. First, it was dethroned by the Channing Tatum-Amanda Seyfried tearjerker Dear John; then came Garry Marshall's Valentine's Day, Joe Johnston's The Wolfman, and Chris Columbus' Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief. This past weekend, Martin Scorsese's Shutter Island, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, took the top spot. Even […]

'The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond' from 'Lost' Tennessee Williams Screenplay: Q&A with Director Jodie Markell

The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond with Bryce Dallas Howard as Fisher Willow, a troubled heiress who becomes involved with the handsome but impoverished – and equally unstable – Jimmy Dobyne (Chris Evans). Their dysfunctional relationship is depicted in Jodie Markell's film version of a long neglected Tennessee Williams screenplay written in 1957. Williams remains one of the best-regarded playwrights of the 20th century; his […]

Douglas Fairbanks Jr. + Monty Woolley & Mary Wickes: Christmas Cheer & Horror Mix at Packard

Douglas Fairbanks Jr. in The Prisoner of Zenda 1937. The son of silent screen superstar Douglas Fairbanks and a middle-league – and generally lackluster – leading man in the first half of the 1930s, Douglas Fairbanks Jr. was at his very best as the villainous Rupert of Hentzau in John Cromwell's 1937 classic The Prisoner of Zenda, based on Anthony Hope's 1894 Ruritania-set novel. Unfortunately, […]

'Public Enemies' Johnny Depp & Christian Bale Images + Saturn Awards & Silver Docs Film Festival Winners

'Public Enemies' with Johnny Depp. In Michael Mann's period crime drama Public Enemies, Johnny Depp plays John Dillinger, the Depression Era bank robber who became the top target of J. Edgar Hoover's FBI. Christian Bale plays Dillinger's nemesis, investigator Melvin Purvis; Marion Cotillard is Dillinger's gal, Billie Frechette; and Billy Crudup is Hoover the (Gay?) Man. (Previously, Leonardo DiCaprio had been connected with the project.) […]

'Wuthering Heights' Movie: Outstanding Merle Oberon & Overwrought Laurence Olivier

'Wuthering Heights' with Merle Oberon and Laurence Olivier as star-crossed lovers Cathy Earnshaw and Heathcliff: Independent mogul Samuel Goldwyn's favorite among his movies. 'Wuthering Heights': 'Hollywood's Greatest Year' continues with Samuel Goldwyn's favorite among his films The 1939 Best Picture Oscar nominee Wuthering Heights – directed by William Wyler, and starring Merle Oberon and Laurence Olivier as Emily Brontë's pathological lovers Cathy Earnshaw and Heathcliff […]

Douglas Fairbanks: The First King of Hollywood

Douglas Fairbanks in Wild and Woolly (top) and Don Q. Son of Zorro (bottom). Below right, Fairbanks can be seen in The Matrimaniac. The exhibition “Douglas Fairbanks: The First King of Hollywood” will premiere on Saturday, January 24, at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Fourth Floor Gallery in Beverly Hills. Admission is free. As per the Academy's press release, the exhibition will […]

'Valkyrie': Tom Cruise Film Receives 'Muted Praise' in Germany + Gay Slamdance Entries & Dubai Winners

Valkyrie film with Tom Cruise as Count Claus Schenk von Stauffenberg, the man who wanted to kill Adolf Hitler. The failed plot to assassinate the German Führer led to von Stauffenberg's execution at age 36 in July 1944, less than a year before the end of World War II in Europe.[1] Bryan Singer-Tom Cruise collaboration 'Valkyrie' receives 'muted praise' from German critics Directed by Bryan […]

'Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World' Academy Screening

Peter Weir's 2003 Best Picture nominee Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World is the next entry in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' “Great To Be Nominated” series. The adventure drama will be screened on Monday, July 21, at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Following the screening, production designer William Sandell, set decorator Robert […]

'Ben-Hur' Movie Review: Ramon Novarro

  Although I am not a fan of action-adventure pictures, the 1925 version of Ben-Hur (a.k.a. Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ) is an exception because it stars Ramon Novarro in the title role. As a plus, Horace Jackson's art direction and Edwin B. Willis' sets are superb. In the opening outdoor scenes we see beautiful white doves flitting around the market place filled with […]

Errol Flynn 'The Adventures of Robin Hood' Screening

A Warner Bros. digital restoration of the 1938 rousing adventure classic The Adventures of Robin Hood will be screened on Sunday, June 1, 2008, at 7 p.m. at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood. The program will also feature a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film. Presented by the Academy's Science and Technology Council, the evening […]

'Woyzeck': Werner Herzog 'Lesser' Effort Superior to 'Hollywood Masterpieces'

Woyzeck with Klaus Kinski. Werner Herzog and Klaus Kinski collaborated on five features: Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972), Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979), Woyzeck (1979), Fitzcarraldo (1982), and Cobra Verde (1987). In all five films Kinski played the titular character – a multinational group consisting of the following backgrounds: Spanish, Transylvanian, German, Irish, and Brazilian. The father of actors Nicolai Kinski, Nastassja Kinski, and Pola […]

'Arn: The Knight Templar' Budgetary Controversy

'Arn: The Knight Templar' series and two-part feature face budgetary woes (image: Joakim Nätterqvist in 'Arn: The Knight Templar') The Knight Templars are at it again. First, the brouhaha was about heresy (remember that Ron Howard's The Da Vinci Code was banned in several countries); now it's about the more mundane matter of money – or lack thereof. Exit Tom Hanks and Audrey Tautou; enter […]

'Howards End': James Ivory Period Drama Starring Emma Thompson One of Director's Cinematic Highlights

Howards End with Emma Thompson and Anthony Hopkins. Howards End, the best of the five Oscar nominees for best picture of 1992, will be the final film screened in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' “Great To Be Nominated” series. Howards End will screen on Monday, Aug. 20, at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Oscar-nominated director James […]

Milos Forman + Tom Hulce & F. Murray Abraham: 'Amadeus' Movie Screening

Milos Forman's sumptuous 1984 Oscar-winning drama Amadeus will be screened as part of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' “Monday Nights with Oscar” series on July 16, at 7 p.m. at the Academy Theater in New York City. Following the screening, Forman, actors F. Murray Abraham, Tom Hulce and Christine Ebersole, and production designer Patrizia von Brandenstein will take part in an onstage […]

'A Room with a View': Great To Be Nominated

The 1986 Best Picture nominee A Room with a View – my personal favorite among the James Ivory-Ismail Merchant productions – will be screened as the next feature in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences “Great To Be Nominated” series. The screening will take place on Monday, July 9, at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. A Room […]

David Lean 'A Passage to India' Screening

A Passage to India, David Lean's final film as a director and a 1984 Best Picture nominee, is the next feature in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' “Great To Be Nominated” series. The sweeping drama will screen on Monday, June 18, at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater. I'm not a big fan of David Lean's epics (Lawrence of Arabia, […]

'300' Movie: Gerard Butler in 'Video Game That Plays Itself'

300. 300 may not be the most sophisticated war epic to hit the big screen, but with its series of mesmerizing tableaux and extreme graphic violence the film unquestionably succeeds in dazzling its audience. In other words: Watching 300 is like watching a video game that plays itself. Set in 480 B.C.E., 300 recounts the fate of King Leonidas (Gerard Butler) of Sparta, as he […]

Berlin Film Festival: Nazi & Cold War Flops + Sex Worker Marianne Faithfull & Jacques Rivette Returns

The Good Shepherd with Matt Damon and Angelina Jolie. The 2007 Berlin Film Festival's Official Competition and Out of Competition line-up is filled with English-language fare, chiefly from the U.S and the U.K. One of the movies in question is Robert De Niro's critical disappointment and box office dud The Good Shepherd, toplining Hollywood stars Matt Damon and Angelina Jolie. Regarding its inclusion on the Golden Bear's […]

Robert Greenwald vs. Iraq War Profiteers + 'Perfume' Debut

Robert Greenwald denounces corruption and profiteering in Iraq, courtesy of the American political, military, and corporate establishment: 'Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers' The 2006 Robert Greenwald documentary Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers presents corruption and profiteering as the business-as-usual tactics of American corporations in war-ravaged Iraq – with the acquiescence of the U.S. government and military establishment. As an example, Iraq for Sale […]

'Barry Lyndon': Sumptuous Stanley Kubrick Period Drama Screening

Barry Lyndon, Stanley Kubrick's most sumptuous production, will be screened on Aug. 21 at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Some reviewers have complained that the film is beautiful but heartless. I disagree. In any case, it's worth checking it out again, especially considering that the Academy will be showing a brand new 35mm print. More details below. Press Release: Beverly Hills, CA – […]

'The Exorcist' & 'A Room with a View' Screenings + Counterfeit 'Going My Way' Oscar?

One of the weakest mainstream horror movies of the 1970s, The Exorcist – with its mixture of hammy acting, starchy obscenities, and a spicy simulated sex act with a cross, all topped with vomited avocado sauce – somehow managed to become a box office phenomenon. The film will be shown at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater on Aug. 7, as part of the Academy of Motion […]

'Doctor Zhivago': Romance & Revolution + Robert Redford-Jane Fonda RomCom & Elizabeth Taylor Queen of Egypt

When bigger isn't better: Doctor Zhivago is no masterpiece. Bloated and overlong, it fails as both historical epic and love story. And this is a film directed by the man – David Lean – who handled one of the best romantic movies ever, Brief Encounter. Anyhow, Doctor Zhivago is at best a middling epic, BUT. . . it looks great, and Omar Sharif does surprisingly […]

Joan Collins Quotes + Lauren Bacall vs. 'Movie Legend' Nicole Kidman & Greek Attorneys vs. Gay Alexander the Great

Joan Collins in Dynasty. Joan Collins quotes have been media fodder for decades, as the British actress has been around since the early 1950s. Half a century after Decameron Nights, The Slasher, and Our Girl Friday, Collins continues to be quoted, this time after weighing in on the multifaceted controversy surrounding Nicole Kidman's movie legend status. Lauren Bacall & Joan Collins quotes + a question […]

Alexander the Great Movie: 'Gay Hero' (?) Colin Farrell Fizzles in Oliver Stone's Muddled Historical Epic

Alexander the Great movie: “Gay” Colin Farrell. Whether because of his character's wavy, blond hairdo or its haphazard, wishy-washy construction – gay? bi? bored? – Irish actor Colin Farrell looks visibly uncomfortable as Oliver Stone's fetishized version of the Macedonian prince who created the first “Western” (i.e., European-originated) empire in history. Alexander the Great has since become an inspiration to all bloodthirsty megalomaniacs the world […]

'Stage Beauty' Movie Review: Billy Crudup Gender Confusion

'Stage Beauty': Billy Crudup in female drag. 'Stage Beauty' movie review: Gender-bending play gets disappointing film version Despite elements in common with A Star Is Born, All About Eve, Farewell My Concubine, and the several versions of Victor Victoria, the movie Stage Beauty – based on the play Compleat Female Stage Beauty – feels, more than anything, like a reboot of Shakespeare in Love. Like […]

Bruno Ganz Hitler in 'Downfall': Should Real-Life Monster Be Portrayed as Movie Monster?

Bruno Ganz as Adolf Hitler in 'Downfall': Humanizing Der Führer? Bruno Ganz Hitler movie: 'Downfall' humanizes Der Führer? Adolf Hitler, one of history's most hated monsters, has undergone a humanizing makeover in the German film Downfall / Der Untergang: Hitler und das Ende des 3. Reiches, directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel and starring Swiss-born actor Bruno Ganz as Hitler. Based on historian Joachim Fest's bestselling Adolf […]

'The Passion of the Christ' DVD: Mel Gibson R-Rated Bestseller + Naked Men & Oscar Wilde in Toronto

'The Passion of the Christ': Jim Caviezel as Jesus. 'The Passion of the Christ' DVD: Mel Gibson movie is an R-rated hit in North America With the not inconsiderable assistance from Christian churches and organizations across the United States, The Passion of the Christ DVD – rated R – has sold 4.1 million copies after only one day in U.S. stores. That's certainly an impressive […]