Robert Redford recently announced he was retiring from making movies and would no longer act. Meaning the Robert Redford movies we have are the Robert Redford movies we’re gonna get. Whenever I watch him act, I always think of “grace under pressure.” There is a consistent gracefulness to the characters he plays, a kind of preternatural calm in the face of tremendous peril. Here are my recommendations for Redford’s best.Read More
Human beings have a need for art that is nearly as strong as any of the other basic urges. Naturally, where we have art, we have art heists, and the films around them. From the reverse-heist of “Monuments Men” to four other favorites, here are the best on this enticing theme.Read More
This was a street-wise boy who made himself into the paragon of style and class. Poitier dominates every scene he is in, despite underplaying every role. I’m thinking now of the hissing anger that seethes under his calm and determined reading of the simplest line: “They call me Mister Tibbs.” Writing that just now the hair on the back of my neck went up. Chillingly powerful. Here are five Sidney Poitier films for you to watch to get to know this classic actor.Read More
It’s called an “earworm.” You know when you get a song stuck in your head and keep humming it to yourself all day. Most movies have a theme song or at least theme music. Very few of them, however, are earworm material. Here are my picks for the most unforgettable theme songs and the memorable movies that go with them.Read More
William Goldman is one of the finest screenwriters of all time. The old joke in Hollywood is that everyone hates the writer because nothing happens until the writer finishes writing. My personal theory (as a writer) is that everyone hates us because generally we are annoyingly neurotic and nothing but trouble. The biggest complainer you will ever meet on a set is the writer. We have problems with everything, even the free food at catering on the set.
Not William Goldman. He is a highly admired figure. Goldman fills his screenplays with characters of wit, ambition, and style. Starting out as a novelist and a playwright, Goldman came into his own in the ‘60s and ‘70s with a series of brilliant scripts that became unforgettable movies. Here are my favorites.Read More