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.  […]

Heart of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse (1991)

Directed by Fax Bahr, George Hickenlooper, and Eleanor Coppola Written by Fax Bahr and George Hickenlooper Starring: Francis Ford Coppola, Eleanor Coppola, Martin Sheen, John Milius, George Lucas, Dennis Hopper, Marlon Brando, Frederick Forrest, Larry Fishburne, Sam Bottoms, Albert Hall Trivia: Francis Ford Coppola disliked the portrayal of himself in the documentary, but finally agreed […]

The Crazies (1973)

Directed by George Romero Written by Paul McCullough and George Romero Starring: Lane Carroll, Will MacMillan, Richard France, Lynn Howry Tagline: A Biological Civil War Trivia: No real stunt personnel were used, locals were used instead. Although it’s a mess of a movie, The Crazies will always be a curiosity to George Romero fans. Released […]

A Boy and His Dog (1975)

Directed by L.Q. Jones Written by L.Q. Jones (based on the Harlan Ellison novella) Starring: Don Johnson, Jason Robards, Tim McIntire (voice), Susanne Benton Tagline: The year is 2024 . . . a future you’ll probably live to see. Trivia: Ray Mazarek of The Doors played on the soundtrack. Now considered a cult film, A […]

The Bold Ones: The Senator: “A Single Blow of the Sword”

Directed John Badham Written by Jerrold Freedman Air Date: February 28, 1971 In the final episode of The Senator, the teleplay dealt with race and poverty. The passage of the Inner City Self Help Act would use government revenue to spur economic growth for African-Americans. Stowe realizes his knowledge of the inner city is limited, but […]