World War II: When Lions Roared (1994)

Directed by Joseph Sargent Written by David Rintels Starring: Michael Caine, John Lithgow, Bob Hoskins, Ed Begley Jr, Jan Triska Trivia: This production was the first to be filmed expressly for broadcast in the high-definition television (HDTV) format. When Lions Roared aired as a two part TV movie on NBC in May 1994. Essentially a televised […]

Dr. Strangelove (or how I learned to stop worrying and love the bomb)

Directed by Stanley Kubrick Written by Stanley Kubrick, Peter George, and Terry Southern Starring: Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden, Slim Pickins, James Earl Jones, Keenan Wynn, Peter Bull, Tracy Reed, and Shane Rimmer Tagline: The Red-Hot suspense story that’s rocking and shocking the world! Trivia: In one version of the script, aliens from outer space […]

Fail-Safe (1964)

Directed by Sidney Lumet Written by Walter Bernstein (based on the novel by Eugene Burdick and Harvey Wheeler) Starring: Henry Fonda, Walter Matthau, Larry Hagman, Dan O’Herilihy, Fritz Weaver, Edward Binns Tagline: The screen zeros in on the most suspenseful adventure drama of our age! Trivia: The third of Henry Fonda’s political trilogy. In Advise and […]

The Conversation (1974)

Written and Directed by Francis Ford Coppola Starring: Gene Hackman, John Cazele, Allen Garfield, Frederick Forrest, Cindy Williams, Harrison Ford, Robert Duvall, Elizabeth MacRae Plot Synopsis: A paranoid, secretive surveillance expert has a crisis of conscience when he suspects that a couple, on whom he is spying, will be murdered. Origins Francis Ford Coppola wrote the […]

Vanishing Point (1971)

Directed by Richard C. Sarafian Written by Guillermo Cabrera Infante (adapted from an outline by Malcolm Heart) Starring: Barry Newman, Cleavon Little, Dean Jagger, Victoria Medlin Trivia: Producers wanted Gene Hackman for the lead role.  Now considered one of the all time great existential road movies, Vanishing Point lives up to its promise as just that. […]

RIP Harlan Ellison (1934-2018)

Harlan Ellison passed away today. A dynamic figure known for his writing in all mediums – Fiction, Criticism, Film, Television, and comic books. Known for his irascible personality, he proudly accepted the charge of being the most contentious man on the planet. He liked to say he was a combination of Jiminy Cricket and Zorro.  […]