Top Secret! (1984)

Directors: Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker Written by “ZAZ” and Martlyn Burke Starring: Val Kilmer, Lucy Gutteridge, Peter Cushing, Jeremy Kemp, Christopher Villiers, Omar Shrif Tagline: From the makers of the original Airplane (not the Wright Brothers) Trivia: Val Kilmer sang and performed all the songs. From the folks who brought you Airplane and […]

Z (1969)

Directed by Costa-Gavras Written by Jorge Semprun (based on the novel by Vasilis Vassilikos) Starring: Yves Montand, Irene Papas, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Jacques Perrin Trivia: Z won the 1970 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. Z is a Greek political thriller that tells a story that encapsulates the hope and tragedy of the 20th Century.  Based on real events that […]

Hoffa (1992)

Directed by Danny DeVito Written by David Mamet Starring Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, Armand Assante, J.T. Walsh, John C, Reilly, Frank Whaley Tagline: The man who was willing to pay the price for power. Trivia: Alec Baldwin narrated the trailer. Hoffa has a lot going for it, Jack Nicholson’s bravura performance as controversial labor leader James […]

Book Review: Buckley and Mailer: The Difficult Friendship The Shaped the Sixties by Kevin M. Schultz

The 2015 book Buckley and Mailer by Kevin Schultz examines the friendship/rivalry between novelist Norman Mailer and Conservative writer William F. Buckley.  They were both critics of the prevailing liberalism of the decade, Mailer critiqued from the Left and Buckley from the Right. On September 22, 1962 they held a debate in New York City and became friends afterwards, corresponding […]

Book Review: A Cure For Cancer by Michael Moorcock (1971)

A Cure For Cancer, Michael Moorcock’s second entry in the Jerry Cornelius quartet, goes much deeper into surrealism than the predecessor novel The Final Programme.  A psychedelic dystopia, the novel mirrors the dark turn of rock music in the late 1960s. Jerry Cornelius returns in what might be 1970.  America is at war with Europe and wants to wipe out the […]

The Man With the Golden Gun (1974)

Directed by Guy Hamilton Written by Richard Maibaum and Tom Mankiewicz (based on the Ian Fleming novel) Starring: Roger Moore, Christopher Lee, Maud Adams, Britt Ekland, Herve Villechaize, Clifton James, Richard Yoo, Bernard Lee, Lois Maxwell, Desmond Llewelyn Tagline: Roger Moore as 007 Trivia: Alice Cooper wrote a song based on the film. Roger Moore’s […]

Book Review: The Final Programme by Michael Moorcock

Michael Moorcock’s 1968 novel The Final Programme introduced Jerry Cornelius, an anarchist who appears in multiple personas.  Jerry’s a Nobel Prize physicist, rock star, and ruthless assassin. Moorcock taps into the darkness laying below the surface of the counterculture, creating a slightly askew world.  Treachery, violence , sex, drug use, and chaos occur frequently. Written in fluent prose, The Final Programme tells […]