My Favorite Movies #86 – Rain Man

Rain Man 1988 Directed by Barry Levinson Netflix says...¬†Fast-talking yuppie Charlie Babbitt is forced to slow down when he embarks on a life-changing cross-country odyssey with the brother he never knew he had, an autistic savant named Raymond who's spent most of his life in an institution. From the start, Tom Cruise's Charlie Babbitt is … Continue reading My Favorite Movies #86 – Rain Man

AFI #28 – All About Eve

All About Eve 1950 Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz Netflix says... Writer-director Joseph L. Mankiewicz's sharp script anchors this story about New York City theater life, with Bette Davis playing an aging Broadway diva who employs a starstruck fan (Anne Baxter) as her assistant, only to learn the woman is a conniving upstart. The now-classic … Continue reading AFI #28 – All About Eve

AFI #33 – One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest 1975 Directed by Milos Forman Netflix says... While serving time for insanity at a state mental hospital, rabble-rouser Randle Patrick McMurphy inspires his fellow patients to rebel against the authoritarian rule of head nurse Ratched. Milos Forman's masterpiece won all five major Oscars. This is one I've never seen … Continue reading AFI #33 – One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

And the Oscar Goes 2…

Last year, I did a blog post about the Oscars titled, "And the Oscar Goes to..." This is the sequel. As I did last year, I'll list the categories with my picks. I can promise I'll be staying up to watch the whole thing. Because I've got a wicked cold and this thing is kicking … Continue reading And the Oscar Goes 2…

AFI #40 – The Sound of Music

The Sound of Music 1965 Directed by Robert Wise Netflix says... In Rodgers and Hammerstein's greatest collaboration, a feisty postulant named Maria (Julie Andrews) is sent to care for the unruly, motherless Von Trapp children. She soon tames them--and finds herself falling for their stern father (Christopher Plummer). Oscar-winning director Robert Wise used stunning Austrian … Continue reading AFI #40 – The Sound of Music

2016 in Review

I've been hearing a lot of negatives about 2016. You know what, it's easy to sit back and think about the negative things that have happened in the past year. Something called Zika achieved outbreak status. The United States went through one of the most negative presidential elections in its 240 year history, the ramifications … Continue reading 2016 in Review

AFI #44 – The Philadelphia Story

The Philadelphia Story 1940 Directed by George Cukor Netflix says... Socialite Tracy Lord (Katharine Hepburn) prepares to remarry, but her ex (Cary Grant) and a tabloid reporter (Best Supporting Actor Oscar-winner James Stewart) have other ideas as they converge on her home for a fateful visit. The three stars from an incomparable trio in one … Continue reading AFI #44 – The Philadelphia Story

AFI #46 – It Happened One Night

It Happened One Night 1934 Directed by Frank Capra Netflix says... Runaway socialite Ellie Andrews (Claudette Colbert) is en route to the Big Apple to elope with a fortune-hunting flyboy. Along the way she meets a crusty newspaperman (Clark Gable), who's just been sacked and--unbeknownst to Ellie--plans to sell her story to get his job … Continue reading AFI #46 – It Happened One Night

AFI #47 – A Streetcar Named Desire

A Streetcar Named Desire 1951 Directed by Elia Kazan Netflix says... After losing the family plantation to creditors, aging Southern belle Blanche DuBois (Vivien Leigh) travels to New Orleans seeking solace in her sister, Stella (Kim Hunger). Instead, she goes toe-to-toe with Stella's brute of a husband, Stanley (Marlon Brando). Leigh, Hunter and Karl Malden … Continue reading AFI #47 – A Streetcar Named Desire

AFI #52 – Taxi Driver

Taxi Driver 1976 Directed by Martin Scorsese Netflix says... Martin Scorsese crafts a violently prophetic, gripping vision of urban decay and insanity in which mentally unstable Vietnam vet Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro) drives a cab through the sleaziest streets of pregentrified New York City and befriends a child hooker (Jodie Foster). The groundbreaking film … Continue reading AFI #52 – Taxi Driver