From Here to Eternity (1953) – Fred Zinnemann

  An all star cast brings James Jones sprawling book to the big screen, and is my next recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book following my revisit with Casablanca for the Romance and Melodrama genre. Burt Lancaster, Frank Sinatra, Montgomery Clift, Deborah Kerr, Donna Reed, Ernest Borgnine, Claude Akins and Jack Warden bring…

Brief Encounter (1945) – David Lean

  I dive into the recommendations for the Romance and Melodrama genre following my screening of Casablanca for the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book and first up is the David Lean film, based on the play by Noel Coward, Brief Encounter. Celia Johnson and Trevor Howard star as Laura Jesson and Dr….

Quantum Leap (1989) – Good Morning, Peoria and Thou Shalt Not…

  Sam (Scott Bakula) gets to be a DJ this week, in a riff on Good Morning, Vietnam. Written by Chris Ruppenthal with an airdate of of 8 November, 1989, Good Morning, Peoria, finds Sam leaping into radio personality Chick Howell on 9 September, 1959, in the small town of Peoria. Broadcasting from WOF, Sam…

Out of Africa (1985) – Sydney Pollack

  Meryl Streep and Robert Redford headline this romantic drama  that is based on a true story, and is a recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book for my screening of Gone With the Wind. Claiming a number of Oscars, including Best Picture, Director, Score (by John Barry), Screenplay, and obviously, Cinematography,…

Magnum, p.i. (1985) – Old Acquaintance and The Kona Winds

  There’s a bit of noir, and a bit of a fun ride, in this week’s installment of Magnum… First up is Old Acquaintance, written by Jill Donner, this episode had an airdate of 3 October, 1985, and may have heavily influenced the writers of Ace Ventura… Thomas (Tom Selleck) is delighted to hear from…

Fatal Attraction (1987) – Adrian Lyne

  The final film in the recommendations from my screening of Les Enfants du Paradis for the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book, is this dramatic thriller from the late 80s, that saw Michael Douglas mucking up his marriage to Anne Archer, and Glenn Close boiling a pet bunny. Douglas plays Dan Gallagher,…

Magnum, p.i. (1982) – The Jororo Kill and Computer Date

  Tyne Daly guests in the first episode, The Jororo Kill, as Kate Sullivan, journalist. This episode was written by Bellisario, Reuben Leder, Andrew Schneider and Alan Sutterfield, with an airdate of 7 January, 1982. Kate Sullivan, who Thomas (Tom Selleck), Rick (Larry Manetti) and T.C. (Roger E. Mosley) all know, journeys to Hawaii to…

The Graduate (1967) – Mike Nichols

  Continuing with the recommendations from The Rules of The Game from The Great Movies -100 Years of Film book, I sat down to rewatch this classic film that sees Dustin Hoffman as a young man, Benjamin, unable to connect with the world around him – the expectations of his parents weigh him down, he…

The Apartment (1960) – Billy Wilder

The Great Movies – 100 Years of Film recommendations following Some Like It Hot keep coming with this highly enjoyable romantic dramedy with Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, Fred MacMurray and Ray Walston. It is also the last black and white film to win the Best Picture Oscar until Schindler’s List. Lemmon plays C.C. Baxter, a…

The Rockford Files (1975) – Say Goodbye to Jennifer & Charlie Harris at Large

  Private Investigator Jim Rockford (James Garner) gets into it again with this week’s two episode installment. Up first is Say Goodbye to Jennifer, which aired 7 February, 1975, was directed by acting legend Jackie Cooper, and penned by Juanita Bartlett and Rudolph Borchert from a story by Roy Huggins.It guest stars Hector Elizondo as ex-war…

Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949) – Robert Hamer

  The Great Movies – 100 Years of Film brings me this English comedy I had never heard of before, starring Dennis Price and Alec Guinness. A tale of murder and woe told from the point of the killer seems like it may not be very funny, but this one proved to be very entertaining….