Requiem for a Heavyweight is a powerful film, a searing masterpiece that takes a heartbreaking look at the seamy, corrupt world of professional low level boxing. This is a feature film version superbly realized by master writer Rod Serling from his remarkable 1956 Playhouse 90 teleplay. Rod Serling is best known for the Twilight Zone… Continue reading The End of the Road for a Fighter – Requiem for a Heavyweight
Bachelor in Paradise is a Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer kooky comedy from the Swinging Sixties (1961) starring Bob Hope as A.J. Niles, a playboy and provocative best-selling author whose books explore the “lifestyles” of various European countries, focusing on how willing and receptive these wives are to his advances. Niles has tax troubles when he discovers a large… Continue reading Stunning Retro Swinging Sixties Comedy Bachelor in Paradise starring Bob Hope and Lana Turner is a Mid-Century Feast for the Eyes
This week is the anniversary of the birth of one of my favourite filmmakers. Yasujiro Ozu is one Japan’s greatest and most influential directors. His films examined the basic struggles that we all face in life: the cycles of birth and death, the passage from childhood to adulthood, and the rhythms and tensions of a… Continue reading Yasujiro Ozu, Saluting a Master of Japanese Cinema.
The graceful silhouette of a woman comes into view. Away from the darkness, she is revealed in a figure-hugging, beautifully crafted cheongsam or qípáo dress. Poised and graceful, with her hair always meticulously coiffed, she looks exquisite as she glides through the interior surroundings, whether a winding alleyway, a cramped restaurant or narrow stairwell. It… Continue reading Poetic Film, In the Mood for Love is Unforgettable
The World of Suzie Wong is set in 1960 Hong Kong and stars William Holden and newcomer actress Nancy Kwan and directed by Richard Quine. I’m a fan of Richard Quine’s films. He directed many fine actors like Jack Lemmon, Jimmy Stewart, William Holden, Audrey Hepburn, Natalie Wood, Merle Oberon and Kim Novak,… Continue reading The World of Suzie Wong is a Pleasant Surprise and a Feast for the Eyes
I’m a fan of the Rocky film franchise, so with the release of Rocky spinoff, Creed, I have decided to look at one of Hollywood’s best boxing contenders. Robert Wise was an incredibly versatile director and one of Hollywood’s most accomplished. He helmed a long list of films in a variety of genres that… Continue reading Brutally Realistic, The Set-Up is an Honest Look at a Boxer’s Life
Take a wistful glimpse at the early postwar years with filmmaker Giuseppe Tornatore’s Cinema Paradiso. This beautiful film won the Grand Jury Prize at the 1989 Cannes Film Festival and Foreign Language Film At the Academy Awards in 1990. There was a time when the local movie house was “the” gathering place of small towns.… Continue reading Philippe Noiret and Salvatore Cascio are Superb in Cinema Paradiso