The Rockford Files (1979) – No-Fault Affair and The Big Cheese

  Rita Moreno is back again as Rita Capkovic in the first episode up this week. No-Fault Affair was written by Juanita Bartlett, and originally aired 30 November, 1979. The phone gag this time around features someone calling thinking the number was for dial-a-joke. Rita has aspirations of becoming a hair dresser, she’s been to beauty school,…

Slumdog Millionaire (2008) – Danny Boyle

  The final recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book for my screening of On The Waterfront is this immensely enjoyable tale. Boyle’s kinetic, energetic film style is well-served in this film, that is a dramatic, heart-on-its-sleeve film that one 8 academy awards and that year’s ceremonies, including Best Picture, Best…

The Rockford Files (1977) – Crack Back & Dirty Money, Black Light

  Season 3 of The Rockford Files comes to a close with these two episodes. First up is Crack Back, written by Juanita Bartlett, and aired, originally on 25 March, 1977. Knowing Bartlett had written this one, told me that it would be very character driven, and it did not disappoint. The phone gag this…

The Rockford Files (1975) – Gearjammers Part I & II

  This two-parter, written by Don Carlos Dunaway from a story by Cannell, originally aired 26 September, and 3 October, 1975, and sees Rocky (Noah Beery Jr.) in some serious trouble. The phone gag features someone calling to talk to Jim about the state of the car he borrowed, yes he kept the battery charged…

The Rockford Files (1975) – Counter Gambit & Claire

  This week’s delving into the files of private investigator Jim Rockford (James Garner) is a lot of fun in terms of plot and cast. The phone gags are a lot of fun as well, in the first episode, it’s a friend of Jim’s who wants to give him the money he owes, but he’s…

Taken (2008) – Pierre Morel

  The 101 Action Movies list lets Liam Neeson take center stage in this action thriller from producer/writer Luc Besson, and directed by District 13’s Pierre Morel, so you know the action is gonna be fast, rough and violent… Neeson stars as Bryan Mills, a retired government operative with a unique set of skills, who…

City Lights (1931) – Charlie Chaplin

  Great Movies – 100 Years of Film has already proven itself a rather joyous addition to my collection, as I had an opportunity to watch another film listed as a recommendation after The Gold Rush. This time around Charlie Chaplin’s Tramp, one of the most iconic characters in cinema wanders the streets of the…