Rod Steiger movies: 12 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘In the Heat of the Night,’ ‘On the Waterfront’

Rod Steiger movies: 12 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘In the Heat of the Night,’ ‘On the Waterfront’ A happy birthday greeting as we remember Rod Steiger, the screen actor who would have been 94 on April 14, 2019. Although he is primarily remembered for his tough guys in such films as “Al Capone,” ...

Rod Steiger movies: 12 greatest films ranked from worst to best

Rod Steiger movies: 12 greatest films ranked from worst to best A happy birthday greeting as we remember Rod Steiger, the screen actor who would have been 94 on April 14, 2019. Although he is primarily remembered for his tough guys in such films as “Al Capone,” ...

"Mother of All of Us": Ida Lupino and the Label of Proto-Feminism

Ida Lupino (c. 1952). Courtesy Film Forum via Photofest.Much has been written about Ida Lupino’s centenary this year, and the renewed critical attention is a cause for celebration. The veteran screen ...

Showbiz History: Betty Boop, Bob Aldrich, and the Muscles from Brussels

We're still so terribly depressed about the Academy's foolhardy new decisions, that we're looking for Anything else to think about today as distraction. Herewith... 12 random things that happened on ...

Review: "The Big Knife" (1955) Starring Jack Palance And Ida Lupino; Blu-ray Special Edition From Arrow

By John M. Whalen In 1988 Oscar-winning screenwriter Stirling Silliphant (“In the Heat of the Night”, “The Poseidon Adventure”) got fed up with what he called “the eel pit of Hollywood,” and moved to ...

They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?

One of the best pictures to come out of Hollywood in the late 1960s, Sydney Pollack’s screen version of Horace McCoy’s hardboiled novel is a harrowing experience guaranteed to elicit extreme ...

The Big Knife

What seemed too raw for 1955 still packs a punch, as Robert Aldrich takes a meat cleaver to the power politics of the old studio system. Monstrous studio head Rod Steiger has just the leverage he ...

The Flight of the Phoenix (Region B)

Forgotten amid Robert Aldrich’s more critic-friendly movies is this superb suspense picture, an against-all-odds thriller that pits an old-school pilot against a push-button young engineer with his ...

Stage & Screen Vet Bobby Cannavale to Return for NBC's Will & Grace Reboot

According to Entertainment Weekly, stage and screen star Bobby Cannavale Broadway's The Big Knife, The Motherfk With The Hat will reprise his role as 'Vince D'Angelo, easily distracted cop and ...

The Big Knife Available on Blu-ray September 5th From Arrow Video

The Big Knife (1955) will be available on Blu-ray + DVD September 5th From Arrow Video Mere months after delivering one of the definitive examples of film noir with Kiss Me Deadly, Robert Aldrich ...

The Truculent Cinema of Robert Aldrich

The quintessential shot in Robert Aldrich’s filmography is that of a close-up, held for a smidgen longer than the normal length one would think appropriate for such a shot. The face the camera is ...

Half Century Halle (and other anniversaries)

On this day in history as it relates to showbiz... 1040 King Duncan is killed in battle and King Macbeth succeeds him. Shakespeare fictionalizes everything later for Macbeth. So many theatrical ...

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. ...

The Angry Hills

Robert Mitchum all but snoozes through this promising war-espionage thriller that pits lazy Gestapo agents against clueless partisans in occupied Greece. It's got great locations and a good cast, but ...

In a Lonely Place

It's a different Bogart -- a character performance in a Nicholas Ray noir about distrust anxiety in romance. Gloria Grahame is the independent woman who must withhold her commitment... until a murder ...

This week’s new film events

Are You Now Or Have You Ever Been… ? | Jean-Luc Godard The closing half of that title is “… a member of the Communist party?”, a question that could have presaged the end of your career and possibly ...

Cummings Pt.4: Career Peak with Tony Award Win, Acclaimed Mary Tyrone

Constance Cummings: Stage and film actress ca. early 1940s. Constance Cummings on stage: From Sacha Guitry to Clifford Odets (See previous post: “Constance Cummings: Flawless 'Blithe Spirit,' ...

Collins' Sex Novels Have Enjoyed Unexpectedly Few Film Versions (The Stud, The Bitch)

Joan Collins in 'The Bitch': Sex tale based on younger sister Jackie Collins' novel. Author Jackie Collins dead at 77: Surprisingly few film and TV adaptations of her bestselling novels Jackie ...

MGM's Lioness, the Epitome of Hollywood Superstardom, Has Her Day on TCM

Joan Crawford Movie Star Joan Crawford movies on TCM: Underrated actress, top star in several of her greatest roles If there was ever a professional who was utterly, completely, wholeheartedly ...

Watch: 66-Minute Compilation Of Saul Bass' Famous Movie Title Sequences From Preminger To Scorsese

Talk about a legacy. Acclaimed titles designer Saul Bass worked with some of Hollywood’s most legendary directors during his 40-plus year career, and on some of their best pictures. His first title ...

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