West Side Story (2021) – Steven Spielberg

When I first heard that Spielberg was taking on the classic musical, West Side Story, previously immortalized on celluloid by iconic director Robert Wise, I was a little dubious. Not that I didn’t trust Spielberg. Even with some of his weaker films (BFG) he arguably does something unique and noteworthy, even if it just demonstrates…

West Side Story (1961) – Robert Wise & Jerome Robbins

Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins direct the film that brings me back to the musical genre in the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book. Stephen Sondheim pens the lyrics for this Academy Award winning musical (including Best Picture) that is an updated retelling of Shakespeare’s beautiful tragedy Romeo & Juliet with Richard Beymer…

The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951)

  “When people substitute¬†fear for reason…” I think that line may have just as much resonance today, if not more so, than it did in the 1950s when Robert Wise’s (Sound of Music, Star Trek The Motion Picture, The Haunting, West Side Story)¬†sci-fi classic first debuted, and earned its place on the list of 101…