”BOTTLE SHOCK” (2008) Review
If someone had suggested I go see a movie about California wines and its impact upon the business in the mid-1970s, I would have smiled politely and ignored that person. As it turned out, no one had told me about the 2008 comedy-drama, ”BOTTLE SHOCK”. Two years would pass before I found myself intrigued by it, while watching the movie on cable television. ( Read more... )
Below are photos from "BOTTLE SHOCK", the 2008 comedy-drama, based on the 1976 wine competition termed the "Judgment of Paris", when California wine defeated French wine in a blind taste test. Directed by Randall Miller, the movie starred Alan Rickman, Chris Pine and Bill Pullman: ( Read more... )
"ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN" (1976) Review
Last May and June marked the fortieth anniversary of a well-known historical event - namely the Watergate burlaries. The ensuing scandal were investigated by two Washington Post reporters, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein. The pair's investigations were eventually chronicled in a best-selling book and later, a 1976 movie based upon the book. ( Read more... )
Below are images from "ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN", the Oscar winning 1976 adaptation of Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein's 1974 book on the Watergate scandal. Directed by Alan J. Pakula, the movie starred Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman: ( Read more... )
"THUNDERBALL" (1965) Review
I had just viewed the 1965 Bond movie, “THUNDERBALL” for the first time in several years. And I can see why this movie is considered to be one of my all time favorite Bond flicks. But I do not think I can state why in one or two sentences. ( Read more... )
"GOLDFINGER" (1964) Review"
Ever since its release in 1964, the James Bond movie, "GOLDFINGER" has been regarded as one of the best ever in the franchise. In fact, it is considered by many Bond fans as the franchise's definitive film, considering that it more or less created what is known as "the Bond formula". ( Read more... )
"FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE" (1963) Review
Have you ever heard of the song, "What a Difference a Day Makes"? Well, the song's title kept going through my head, while viewing 1963’s "FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE", which was based upon Ian Flemnig's 1957 novel. It seemed such a difference from the very inferior "DR. NO" (and would prove to be quite a difference in my eyes to 1964’s "GOLDFINGER"). ( Read more... )
"DR. NO" (1962) Review
This 1962 movie marked the cinematic debut of EON Production's James Bond franchise, created by Cubby Broccoli and Harry Saltzman. Sean Connery also made his debut in this film as the MI-6 agent, James Bond. Although many critics and fans consider film as one of the more impressive in the franchise, I honestly cannot say that I share their opinion. ( Read more... )
"DREAMGIRLS" (2006) Review
When I first learned that "DREAMGIRLS"’ eight Academy Award nominations did not include one for Best Picture and a Best Director nod for Bill Condon, it seemed pretty odd to me. The movie, based upon the 1981 Broadway musical, had already won plenty of accolades – including a Best Musical/Comedy Picture and two other Golden Globe awards. Was it possible that "DREAMGIRLS" had failed to live up to its hype? ( Read more... )
"BEING PURE TO IAN FLEMING'S JAMES BOND"
Lately, there has been a great deal of talk about EON Productions being pure to the James Bond novels written by Ian Fleming. Demands that Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli adhere closely to the novels have increased on many Bond forums. And I cannot help but wonder what has brought about the increasing number of demands.
Certain Bond fans have demanded the following: ( Read more... )