Books on Film

“Hands of Stone”?

I’m holding out hope, even though current signs are not healthy. For one thing, The Weinstein Company is burying it. Late August opening? That’s a studio dumping ground–the only thing worse would’ve been Labor Day weekend. Plus, it appears to have a running time of only 105 minutes. A film about the epic five-decade career […]

HBO’s “Going Clear”…I can barely wait!

Talk about must-see television. In 2013, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lawrence Wright, unleashed his new non-fiction book, “Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief”. What a gutsy move, I thought at the time. The Church of Scientology is notorious for starting legal proceedings against just about anyone that challenges the legitimacy of their “religion”. […]

Farewell Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide!

So, this is it. The end of an era. FORTY-FIVE years running! Well readers, you won’t have Leonard Maltin to kick around anymore. It was announced in August, that the 2015 edition of Mr. Maltin’s annual Movie Guide…would be the final one. And the news definitely found me pining for a simpler time. The internet […]

John Carpenter’s “They Live” and Jonathan Lethem’s monograph

John Carpenter was the man for a good number of years in the 1970’s and 80’s, but he somehow lost his mojo as a feature film director the last twenty years or so. I’ve already written an ecstatic appreciation of his 1982 “The Thing” on this blog, and the inability of the recent well-intentioned Carpenter-less […]

Something to Chaw on: Walter’s contemplation of “Miracle Mile”

More often than not, when speaking to a friend or family member about how I feel about a particular film, I let them know what Walter said. They all know who Walter is, even if they don’t take the time to read his razor-sharp reviews. Sometimes they beat me to the punch and ask the […]