Two takes on ‘Apocalypse Now’ on Amazon Prime and Hulu

Apocalypse Now (1979) and Apocalypse Now: Redux (1979/2001) – Drawing from a script by John Milius, rewritten under the influence of Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness and a production in a constant state of chaos, Francis Ford Coppola turns Vietnam into a war as drug-addled theme park ride: “Pirates of the South Seas” with real […]

Katharine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart in John Huston's 'The African Queen'

‘The African Queen’ – Bogie and Hepburn on Netflix

The African Queen (1951) – Humphrey Bogart is Charlie Allnut, the hard-drinking captain of a sputtering steam-powered boat that gives the film its title. Katharine Hepburn is Rose Sayer, a spirited missionary spinster serving the Lord in German East Africa with her brother (Robert Morley). It’s September 1914, the early days of World War I, […]

Harold Lloyd in 'Safety Last,' his most famous thrill comedy.

Criterion Streams: Harold Lloyd’s ‘Safety Last’ on Hulu

Safety Last (1923) is the most famous of Harold Lloyd’s silent comedies and first of his “thrill pictures,” films that he built around slapstick ingenuity in the midst of daredevil stunts. This one has a doozy: Lloyd scales an office building in downtown Los Angeles, fumbling and fighting with obstacles the entire way. The image […]

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 […]