Never Give a Sucker an Even Break

W.C. Fields’ last starring vehicle was shot under the title The Great Man, and despite a host of studio-mandated cuts, stands as a triumphantly nonsensical, semi-autobiographical farrago of ...

The Truth About Zardoz, Plus Nine Other Things I Learned At Tcmff 2017

Just back from the 2017 TCM Classic Movie Festival with a few thoughts and thoughts about thoughts. I certainly held my reservations about this year’s edition, and though I ultimately ended up tiring ...

A Tcmff 2017 Preamble

“It’s the most wonderful time/Of the year…” – Andy Williams Well, yes and no. There is, after all, still about a week and a half to go before we can put the long national, annual nightmare of the tax ...

Mindy Newell: Spam In A Can

“Anybody who goes up in the damn thing is gonna be Spam in a can.” • Chuck Yeager (Sam Shepard), “The Right Stuff” (1983), Written by Tom Wolfe and Phillip Kaufman based on the book by Tom Wolfe ...

Inserts

The director-centric 1970s were a time for pushing the boundaries of 'acceptable' film content, but John Byrum's witty and profane period piece about a Hollywood porn director was a step too far. ...

DVD Savant 2015 Favored Disc Roundup

or, Savant picks The Most Impressive Discs of 2015 This is the actual view from Savant Central, looking due North. What a year! I was able to take one very nice trip back East too see Washington ...

W.C. Fields Comedy Essentials Collection

He's back and he's funnier than ever. The mischievous, cagey entertainer William Claude Dukenfield starred in some of the best comedies ever. This five-disc DVD set contains eighteen of his best, all ...

Bill Hader’s List of 200 Essential Comedies Everyone Should See

Bill Hader has come a long way since his stint on Saturday Night Live, creating many popular characters and impersonations such as Stefon, Vincent Price and CNN’s Jack Cafferty. He is one of the ...

Super-8 Movie Madness Goes To War! August 5th at The Way Out Club

War movies have been around as long as cinema has existed. There is something about the horror, bravery, tragedy, and excitement of combat that has inspired filmmakers and drawn audiences. We’ll be ...