The French Connection (1971) – William Friedkin

William Friedkin’s 1971 classic has deserved a rewatch for awhile, and I was quite happy to settle in for it. I like Gene Hackman, who won himself an Academy Award for his turn as NYPD officer Popeye Doyle, and I’m a huge fan of Roy Scheider who plays his partner, Cloudy, and received a nomination…

Gladiator: 20th Anniversary 4k Review

It’s hard to believe that Gladiator is twenty years old. I can still recall the evening I saw in the theatre, and how the group of friends and I simply loved it. Ridley Scott proved what an amazing and technical director he was, and continues to be, Russell Crowe became a new hero to many…

Scent of a Woman (1992) – Martin Brest

Ten Bad Dates With De Niro lets me dive into some Al Pacino films, movies where he gets shouty, and the first one I get to rewatch that I haven’t previously covered for the blog is this film from 1992, and just seeing the poster art sends me back. I was just getting into the…

The Departed (2006) – Martin Scorsese

I come to a rather interesting list in the Ten Bad Dates With De Niro book that has a couple of films that I haven’t previously covered for the blog. It’s a list of remakes that are arguably better than the original. And the critical reception, not to mention that of the audience, would seem…

A Beautiful Mind (2001) – Ron Howard

The four time Oscar winning film, A Beautiful Mind, is the next film mentioned on the Ten Films It’s Painful To Like in Ten Bad Dates With De Niro. Now, with five Oscars under its belt, it can’t be that painful to like, yes it rather simplifies mental illness, but conveys it wonderfully on screen.┬áIt…

The Lost Weekend (1945) – Billy Wilder

I dig into a new movie book today, Ten Bad Dates with De Niro, which have a number of different chapters and submissions. There’s going to be a lot of interesting films in this one. The first section is titles Losing it at the Movies – Pure Emotional Responses to Cinema. I found myself coming…

The Hurt Locker (2008) – Kathryn Bigelow

Kathyrn Bigelow’s war drama, The Hurt Locker is the next big title in DK Canada’s The Movie Book, with an all-star cast, Guy Pearce, Anthony Mackie, Ralph Fiennes, Evangeline Lily, David Morse all led by a stellar, captivating performance by Jeremy Renner as Staff Sergeant William James. James is serving in Iraq as part of…

Forrest Gump: 25th Anniversary – 4K/Blu-Ray Review

Forrest Gump, starring Tom Hanks, is somehow twenty five years old this year. I don’t want to go over the math on that one, I’d rather simply enjoy this Paramount Pictures released, Bob Zemeckis masterpiece. Presented in stunning 4K or a completely remastered blu-ray, the film is just as brilliant as you remember it. Over…

In Which We Serve (1942) – Noel Coward and David Lean

As I continue to explore The Movie Book from DK Canada, I find myself diving into the What Else to Watch list after the book’s recommendation of Das Boot (and who doesn’t love that movie?). Noel Coward not only stars in this film, he wrote, produced and directed it (alongside David Lean) as we follow…

A Star is Born (2018) – Blu-Ray Review

The Oscar nominated A Star is Born comes home today on blu-ray from Warner Brothers, and it makes a great addition to the collection, and a fantastic new iteration of the classic story. Starring Bradley Cooper (who also served as the film’s director) and a bravura performance by Lady Gaga (both of them were nominated…

L.A. Confidential (1997) – Curtis Hanson

Before we dive in to this one, I want to admit that yes, this one is sullied now because of Kevin Spacey, it doesn’t however change the fact that this is a fantastic film. Chinatown is the next big recommendation from DK Canada’s The Movie Book, but as I’ve covered it previously I jumped right…

The Defiant Ones (1958) – Stanley Kramer

The next big film for me to watch in DK Canada’s informative and entertaining The Movie Book is Bonnie and Clyde, but having reviewed that one previously, I jumped right to the What Else to Watch list and found a title that I hadn’t seen yet, Stanley Kramer’s The Defiant Ones. Boasting a stellar cast…