Category Archives: Movies

The Heist Movie

As a fan of heist movies, I saw Logan Lucky last week and was, as expected, disappointed – for too many heist movies suffer from the same problems: major plot holes and all-too-convenient twists that turn certain doom into success … Continue reading

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Resign with Honesty – Please

Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer endured unrelenting opprobrium and ridicule during his short stint in the job – much of it coming from his malignant boss Trump. Day after day, week after week the man could do no … Continue reading

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RIP: Martin Landau

I was a faithful fan of the 1960s TV show “Mission: Impossible” with its dramatic self-destructing tape introducing the week’s impossible mission to IM Forces leader Jim Phelps. Following the tense theme song by Lalo Shiffrin, the next few minutes … Continue reading

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F is for Ford

Detroit automakers hate government regulations and will deploy armies of lobbyists to get their way in Washington. And they routinely win. The argument goes like this: auto industry experts at such companies as GM, Chrysler and Ford know way more … Continue reading

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This Week in Boners

It never ceases to amaze how often highly-paid, so-called professionals screw the pooch. Here is a brief synopsis of just some of the boners pulled this past week. The Oh, Really? Factor Fox News stooge and formerly bow-tied dweeb Tucker … Continue reading

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A Scary Home Companion

Amazon has come a long way since the days it shipped books and bowling balls at a loss direct to consumers who ordered such products on a new-fangled invention called the internet. Out of necessity, but also with an intuitive … Continue reading

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Tom Friedman’s Head is Flat

Tom Friedman, New York Times op-ed writer and the author of “The World is Flat” penned a column the other day titled “Say What, Al Gore, Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump?” The piece oozed optimism that Trump, by meeting with … Continue reading

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A Cavalcade of Summer Disappointments

A front page article in Monday’s New York Times addressed the failures of Hollywood’s 2016 summer of “megahits, superflops and little else,” suggesting that some Tinseltown moguls would like to blame lackluster box-office on movie-goers. Supposedly, according to Hollywood execs … Continue reading

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Architect’s Rendition: A New Screenplay by Herb Schultz

EXT. FLATIRON BUILDING – NIGHT Gerald and Wren look up at the building. WREN I just love the detail. GERALD Yeah. Daniel Burnham went a little overboard on the dentils and pilasters and those things at the top that look … Continue reading

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RIP George Kennedy

Burly George Kennedy, winner of the 1968 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in the always-fresh “Cool Hand Luke,” died the other day at age 91. Kennedy was one of those rare supporting character actors whose both face and name … Continue reading

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For Best Film … the Dictionary, Please

Eight films have been nominated for Best Picture at this year’s 88th Academy Awards. A top contender to take the Oscar this coming Sunday is The Revenant, an adventure tale that takes place in the badlands of the Dakotas in … Continue reading

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Curious Non-Lethal Job Killing

Whether it’s the EPA, taxes, worker pay or (horrors!) Obamacare, the adjective associated with the looming disaster is always the same: Job-Killing. The unanimity of anti-Obama politicians in the use of “job killing” may have originated with John McCain in … Continue reading

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George Lucas: Jedi Master Baiter

Director George Lucas ignited a minor kerfuffle the other day during an interview with Charlie Rose, implying that the Disney suits who bought out his Lucasfilm company for $4 billion in 2012 – thereby securing the rights to the “Star … Continue reading

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Hollywood 2015: Franchises and Dreck

December is the month that Hollywood releases its best material in the hopes you’ll forget all about the dreck they foisted on you the other eleven months of the year. Winners like “The Big Short,” “Carol,” and “The Room” showed … Continue reading

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Holly Came From Miami F-L-A

Holly Woodlawn, a transgender woman once known as Haroldo Santiago Franceschi Rodriguez Danhakl who came to New York City in the gritty 1960s by way of the Catskills and Miami Beach, died from cancer last Sunday at age 69. After … Continue reading

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Hollywood’s Age Gap Trope

When I read the New York Times obituary for Joan Leslie, screen actress from the good old days who died the other day at 90, I couldn’t help recalling the long-time Hollywood trope of romantically pairing young women with older … Continue reading

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50 Great Movie Lines not on the AFI 100

The American Film Institute (AFI) accumulates several “best of” lists, one of which is the 100 Best Movie Quotes. Compilation of such a list is a natural given the propensity of movie screenwriters to secure their immortality by delivering a … Continue reading

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Favorite Sexy Scenes

I watched the movie “Bound” the other day for what must have been the fourth or fifth time, and again enjoyed every minute of it. It’s a sexy noir thriller starring Jennifer Tilly, Gina Gershon and Joe Pantoliano that involves … Continue reading

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Uber Uber Alles

Some lovely vacation, summer doldrums and focus on completing a screenplay has kept me away from the blog scene for over a month. I’ve had numerous topics to bloviate about but simply no time, and in fact, no motivation. But … Continue reading

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Mathematicians on Film

John Forbes Nash died the other day along with his wife in a tragic traffic accident on the highways of New Jersey after returning to the U.S. from Norway where he accepted the Abel Prize for outstanding scientific work in … Continue reading

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