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Tuesday, 16 May 2000 |  Written by Abbie Bernstein  | 
title: Network function popUp(URL,NAME) { amznwin=window.open(URL,NAME,'location=yes,scrollbars=yes,status=yes,toolbar=yes,resizable=yes,width=380,height=450,screenX=10,screenY=10,top=10,left=10'); amznwin.focus();} document.open(); document.write(""); document.close();<br> studio: Warner Home Video MPAA rating: R starring: William Holden, Faye Dunaway, Peter Finch, Robert Duvall, Ned Beatty release year: 1976 film rating: Four Stars reviewed by: Abbie Bernstein ‘Network’ is a film that has contributed to the popular vernacular. Everyone knows the phrase "I’m as mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore!" Well, this is where the saying originated, along with the less known but equally pungent in context, "Because you’re on television, dummy." Paddy Chayefsky won an Oscar for his original screenplay and small wonder – it is not only rock-solid and ever-entertaining, but it hasn’t dated much in the quarter-century since its theatrical debut. Some of the technology has changed – the characters today wouldn’t be caught dead without cell phones and computers – but most of the points the film makes and the language it uses to make them haven’t dated at all.
Tuesday, 08 February 2000 |  Written by Bill Warren  | 
title: Blue Collar function popUp(URL,NAME) { amznwin=window.open(URL,NAME,'location=yes,scrollbars=yes,status=yes,toolbar=yes,resizable=yes,width=380,height=450,screenX=10,screenY=10,top=10,left=10'); amznwin.focus();} document.open(); document.write(""); document.close(); studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment MPAA rating: R starring: Richard Pryor, Harvey Keitel, Yaphet Kotto, Cliff De Young, Ed Begley, Jr., Harry Bellaver, George Memmoli, Lucy Saroyan, Lane Smith release year: 1978 film rating: Four Stars reviewed by: Bill Warren Another of the lost gems that Anchor Bay has resurrected, BLUE COLLAR features Richard Pryor's best work as a straight actor, good performances from Harvey Keitel and Yaphet Kotto, and a rock-solid debut as a director for Paul Schrader, who co-wrote the movie with his brother Leonard. Yes, it's more than a shade didactic, but then Schrader often makes his points rather clear. His best films as a writer have been for director Martin Scorsese, particularly TAXI DRIVER and RAGING BULL, each arguably the best American movie of their respective decades, although their later collaborations, THE LAST TEMPTATION OF CHRIST and last year's BRINGING OUT THE DEAD, don't approach that level. His screenplays for other directors -- including himself -- haven't been ...
Tuesday, 08 February 2000 |  Written by Bill Warren  | 
title: Macon County Line function popUp(URL,NAME) { amznwin=window.open(URL,NAME,'location=yes,scrollbars=yes,status=yes,toolbar=yes,resizable=yes,width=380,height=450,screenX=10,screenY=10,top=10,left=10'); amznwin.focus();} document.open(); document.write(""); document.close(); studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment MPAA rating: R starring: Alan Vint, Jesse Vint, Cheryl Waters, Max Baer, Geoffrey Lewis, Joan Blackman, Sam Gilman, Timothy Scott, James Gammon, Leif Garrett, Emile Meyer, Doodles Weaver release year: 1974 film rating: Four Stars reviewed by: Bill warren Now remembered only by fans of drive-in movies -- a dying breed -- and movie historians, MACON COUNTY LINE was one of the sensations of 1974, and one of the biggest hits of the year. Made for around $200,000, it grossed $35 million, the biggest hit to that time for disreputable but beloved American International Pictures. Not only did it spin off a sequel (starring Nick Nolte and Don Johnson), but it helped to spawn a short-lived but very vigorous subgenre about the dangers awaiting innocent northerners who dare venture below the Mason-Dixon Line.
Tuesday, 25 January 2000 |  Written by Bill Warren  | 
title: The Might Be Giants function popUp(URL,NAME) { amznwin=window.open(URL,NAME,'location=yes,scrollbars=yes,status=yes,toolbar=yes,resizable=yes,width=380,height=450,screenX=10,screenY=10,top=10,left=10'); amznwin.focus();} document.open(); document.write(""); document.close(); studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment MPAA rating: G starring: George C. Scott, Joanne Woodward, Jack Gilford, Rue McClanahan, Ron Weyand, Oliver Clark, Eugene Roche, James Tolkan, Kitty Winn release year: 1971 film rating: Two stars reviewed by: Bill Warren There are many people who adore this odd movie from director Anthony Harvey and screenwriter James Goldman; among them was George C. Scott, who counted his performance here as among his very best. Those who adore this now little-known movie cite its magical whimsy, the poetry of its conception, its near-fantasy premise.
Tuesday, 18 January 2000 |  Written by Bill Warren  | 
title: Malcolm X function popUp(URL,NAME) { amznwin=window.open(URL,NAME,'location=yes,scrollbars=yes,status=yes,toolbar=yes,resizable=yes,width=380,height=450,screenX=10,screenY=10,top=10,left=10'); amznwin.focus();} document.open(); document.write(""); document.close();<br> studio: Warner Bros. Home Video MPAA rating: PG-13 starring: Denzel Washington, Angela Bassett, Albert Hall, Al Freeman, Jr., Delroy Lindo, Spike Lee, Theresa Randle, Kate Vernon, Lonette McKee release year: 1992 film rating: Four stars reviewed by: Bill Warren Warner Bros. shortchanged themselves and their customers with this under-produced DVD. The movie itself looks fine, and is appropriately letterboxed; the sound, in Dolby 5.1, is especially good. But MALCOLM X would have greatly benefited from a fistful of extras: commentary tracks by, say, Spike Lee, Denzel Washington, and people who knew the real Malcolm X. Behind the scenes footage, some production designs -- the movie covers a wide time period -- and perhaps a documentary about Malcolm X all were in order, and not one of them has been provided. The movie gets the usually competent but bare-bones DVD treatment from Warners, and it -- and we -- deserved more. Much more.
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