I’m taking a break from my month-long Halloween programming to remember Sean Connery who died today at age 90. If you’ve been following my writing adventures over the last 15-years or so you will know that I’m a longtime Connery fan and enjoyed writing about the man and his films when time and opportunity allowed. The James Bond films hold a special place in my … Continue reading Remembering Sean Connery (1930-2020)
Sean Connery is celebrating his 81st birthday today so I thought it would be a great time to share my appreciation for his terrific performance in Basil Dearden’s entertaining thriller, WOMAN OF STRAW (1964). The handsome Scottish actor with a deep gravelly voice and piercing dark eyes has appeared in more than 65 films during his long career but WOMAN OF STRAW is one of … Continue reading WOMAN OF STRAW (1964)
Tomorrow night TCM Underground will be airing the surprisingly surreal and smart blaxploitation comedy, DARKTOWN STRUTTERS (1975). I hesitate to tag DARKTOWN STRUTTERS with a simplistic label like “blaxploitation” because it’s really a cult movie that deserves a category of its own. The film manages to combine just about every popular movie genre imaginable including classic westerns and musicals, biker films and revenge fantasies as well as science fiction … Continue reading TALKING WITH TRINA: AN INTERVIEW WITH TRINA PARKS
Who doesn’t like Michael Caine? It’s hard to imagine that there are any film fanatics alive who don’t appreciate at least one or two of the 123 films that he’s appeared in. I happen to love the bespectacled British actor and today TCM will be airing a batch of films he appeared in as part of their ongoing “Summer Under the Stars” programming. One of … Continue reading A FEW FUN FACTS ABOUT MICHAEL CAINE
Last week at the Movie Morlocks I continued to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Sean Connery’s debut as James Bond in DR. NO (1962) Continue reading Spy Games: 6 Months and Counting
This week I’m debuting a new on-going monthly feature at the Movie Morlocks called SPY GAMES. As my regular readers know, I’m extremely fond of spy films – particularly ’60s era spy films! – and I’ve written about them often. This year is the 50th anniversary of the quintessential ’60s spy, James Bond, so I decided to celebrate the occasion by devoting some of my … Continue reading Spy Games
Michael Caine was one of the coolest actors working during the ’60s and ’70s but he was also incredibly sexy. He had unconventional good looks and I love the thick black glasses he used to wear that often hid his eyes and amazingly long lashes. Michael Caine may have played a British tough guy on numerous occasions but he had some of the loveliest eyes … Continue reading What’s It All About, Alfie?
Sean Connery in From Russia With Love (1963) Sean Connery celebrated his 80th birthday today and there was a brief interview with him published in Scotland’s Daily Record that’s worth a read. He talks about retiring from acting and why From Russia With Love (1963) is his favorite of all the films he made. Good stuff! Interview: – Sean Connery at 80: My acting days … Continue reading Sean Connery at 80
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but overall 2008 was somewhat of a lackluster year for new Region 1 DVD releases of 1960s and 1970s era films when compared to the previous two years (See: 2006 and 2007). Some of my favorite DVD companies such as BCI Eclipse and most recently New Yorker Films have folded. Boutique DVD companies are releasing fewer … Continue reading 20 Favorite DVD Releases of 2008: Part I.
A few weeks ago the newest issue of Cinema Retro arrived in my mailbox and I finally had the opportunity to read it last night. The magazine features a lengthy in-depth look at the 1971 film Vanishing Point as well as an interview with the movie’s director Richard C. Sarafian. Car films from the ’70s like Two-Lane Blacktop and Vanishing Point seem to be getting … Continue reading Cinema Retro #12