Daniel Day-Lewis is Hawkeye in 'The Last of the Mohicans' (1992), Michael Mann's muscular adaptation of James Fenimore Cooper's American classic.

‘The Last of the Mohicans’ on Amazon Prime – Daniel Day-Lewis on the Frontier

Daniel Day-Lewis plays the original frontier hero in The Last of the Mohicans (1992), Michael Mann’s muscular adaptation of James Fenimore Cooper’s American classic and arguably the greatest of the screen version of the novel. Day-Lewis plays a different kind of Hawkeye: rugged and wild with long flowing hair, a proto-counter culture son of Mother […]

The cast of 'All About Eve' - Gary Merrill, Bette Davis, George Sanders, Anne Baxter, Hugh Marlowe, and Celeste Holm.

‘All About Eve’ on SVOD and Blu-ray/DVD

“Fasten your seat belts, it’s going to be a bumpy night.” All About Eve (1950), Joseph L. Mankeiwicz’s acerbic view askance at the Great White Way, is the writer/director’s Citizen Kane, a little less complex perhaps, but masterful in its own way in its cynical portrait of ambition on the boards. The barbed dialogue is […]

Michael Redgrave, Margaret Lockwood, and Paul Lukas in Alfred Hitchcock's The Lady Vanishes

Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘The Lady Vanishes’ and the pseudo-sequel ‘Night Train to Munich’ on Netflix

Hitchcock patented the romantic thriller with The Lady Vanishes (1938), a bright, breezy confection that takes his quirky cast (and the audience along with them) from an idyllic picture postcard of fantasy Europe to a nightmarish journey to the heart of the dark days of World War II that lay just ahead. This snappy, sophisticated […]

Essential Viewing: ‘Dr. Strangelove’ on Amazon Prime

The funniest film ever made about nuclear holocaust, Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, Stanley Kubrick’s screwball satire of cold war posturing and mutually assured destruction, didn’t begin as a comedy. The source novel, Peter George’s Red Alert, was a grave contemplation of the cold war gone hot […]

Orson Welles’s ‘Othello’ on Shout! Factory TV and Fandor

Orson Welles’ 1952 masterpiece Othello, his shoestring-budgeted adaptation of the Shakespeare tragedy, is an example of creative will overcoming physical liability. Using primitive (by Hollywood standards) equipment and a rotating crew, and interrupting his shoot to raise money, Welles shot in spurts over three years all over Italy and Morocco and matched images shot in […]

Ben Johnson, Warren Oates, William Holden, and Ernest Borgnine star in Sam Peckinpah's western masterpiece 'The Wild Bunch.'

‘The Wild Bunch’ – Frontier apocalypse on SVOD and Blu-ray/DVD

The film that branded Sam Peckinpah with the nickname “Bloody Sam,” The Wild Bunch (1969) blazed onto theater screens in the era of Bonnie and Clyde, when genre conventions were being blasted away and directors pushed the boundaries of what was once considered “acceptable.” Peckinpah, ever the irascible maverick, rode roughshod over every unspoken rule […]