Before “Inside Out,” there was another animated film that explored emotions and psychological and cognitive development. Based on the pioneering work of psychoanalyst Erik Erikson, animators John and Faith Hubley created “Everybody Rides the Carousel,” with segments illustrating Erikson’s stages […]
It may not be the most accurate of the more than 200 movies featuring Abraham Lincoln, but this quiet John Ford film is still one of my favorites, especially in the depiction of his tragic love for Anne Rutledge.
Slate has a wonderful compilation of the top ten movie sandwiches of all time. But they left out my favorite, which was the inspiration for my 101 Must-See Movie Moments, the sandwich made by the daughter of the main character […]
My friend Michael Mirasol has created a beautiful tribute to some of the greatest fathers in the movies.
Happy April! This is from my book, 101 Must-See Movie Moments. The April Fools is a 1969 film starring Jack Lemmon and Catherine Deneuve that, if remembered at all, is thought of as a dated mid-life crisis romance and a […]
From my book, 101 Must-See Movie Moments: It was reputed to be Alfred Hitchcock’s own favorite of all his movies, and it was the acknowledged favorite of critic-turned filmmaker Francois Truffaut, whose book-length interview of Hitchcock is essential reading for […]
I held out longer than most but am now among the many whose enthusiasm for “Glee” has wavered. But you know I loved this week’s tribute to classic songs from movies. The “Top Gun”/”Risky Business” mash-up was fabulous. And I […]
Featured in my new book, 101 Must-See Movie Moments:
I keep thinking of this! A fabulous movie moment from screenwriter William Goldman and stars Paul Newman and Robert Redford.
A magical moment from “Meet Me in St. Louis” with Judy Garland and Margaret O’Brien:
I’m very happy to be able to share this clip from the Oscar-winning documentary “Undefeated,” about a high school football team and their dedicated coach. The movie is in theaters across the country now.
Two great scenes from one of my favorite movies set in Ireland, “The Quiet Man.” In the history of cinema, has there ever been a better kiss or a better fight scene?
In honor of the release of Disney’s Diamond edition of the classic, “Lady and the Tramp,” here is a glimpse behind the scenes:
I love this song from White Christmas with Rosemary Clooney (George Clooney’s aunt), Bing Crosby, and Danny Kaye. Vera-Ellen was dubbed by Trudy Stevens.
“My Week With Marilyn” is a new film based on the memoirs by Colin Clark about his time as a third assistant director (basically a gofer) on the set of a movie she made in England with Sir Laurence Olivier. You […]
I hope that Michelle Williams’ exquisite performance in the new film, “My Week With Marilyn” inspires its viewers to go back and watch the inimitable original: Marilyn Monroe. Williams does a snippet of this song in the film though does […]
Another of the moments in my book, 101 Must-See Movie Moments, is this performance by Stella Stevens from “The Courtship of Eddie’s Father.” She’s shy girl who was too nervous to perform in her beauty queen competition. When her date, […]
Happy birthday today to my wonderful mother, who taught me about so many of the essentials of life, including thank you notes, how to tell a joke, and why you should respond to bad behavior by taking the high road […]
One more treat from the original Footloose, “Let’s Hear it for the Boy” sung by Deniece Williams, featuring the late and much-missed Chris Penn.
As I wrote earlier, my new book, which should be out by the end of the year, is about some of my favorite movie moments. I’m having a lot of fun writing about them but one thing I can’t do […]
My new book, which should be out by the end of the year, is about some of my favorite movie moments. I’m having a lot of fun writing about them but one thing I can’t do in a book is […]
Sally Field won an Oscar for her performance as Norma Rae, inspired by the real-life Crystal Lee Sutton. She died in 2009 of brain cancer following a fight with her insurance company to get the treatment she needed. Her papers […]
The Movie Clips website is not a place to visit if there is someplace you have to be. It is, however, a fabulous resource for watching favorite clips and discovering new ones. It’s a genius idea. They have actual human beings […]
Lou Costello was born on this day in 1906. His work with Bud Abbot made them one of the most successful comedy teams of all time, and their “Who’s on First” sketch is still one of the funniest exchanges ever […]
How many can you identify?
As we celebrate the 100th birthday of Ronald Reagan this week, most of the focus will be on his years in politics. But it is also a good opportunity to take another look at some of his best performances as […]
I love catching up with old films on Turner Classic Movies, so when I saw one called “Third Finger Left Hand” starring two of my favorites, Myrna Loy and Melvyn Douglas, released in 1940, I set my DVR. It turned […]
Two movie classics celebrate big birthdays this week. “Back to the Future” turns 25 and “Airplane!” turns 30. Both helped to define their eras and stood the test of time as enduring favorites. One of my favorite critics, Ali Arikan, […]
This lovely Sabbath scene from “Fiddler on the Roof” is inspired by a traditional Hebrew prayer.
Enjoy these romantic highlights in honor of the DVD release today of Disney’s latest, “The Princess and the Frog.”
Ann Hornaday has a marvelous article in the Washington Post about one of the most popular themes in movies: weddings. And why shouldn’t Hollywood love a good wedding? With its swirl of heightened emotions, its simmering leitmotifs of love and […]
The almost-always-more-entertaining-than-the-movies-it-covers Rotten Tomatoes Show often has compilations of lines we hear all too often. Here’s one of my favorites:
Rotten Tomatoes salutes “Whip It” with a list of the best roller skating scenes in movies. My favorite is this one, with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers skating to “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off.” And I also love Gene […]
Another “moon” movie moment — Audrey Hepburn sings “Moon River” in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
Cinematical has a great tribute to one of my favorites, Doris Day’s “The Thrill of it All.” Day was so wholesome that it is easy to forget how talented she was, but she could do it all — sing, dance, […]
On Idol Chatter, Kris Rasmussen has come up with a two-part list of haunting moments in movies that is well worth exploring and every one of the films and those added by the commenters is a worthy addition to your […]
Writing about the original version of “The Electric Company” reminded me of one of my all-time favorite short films by John and Faith Hubley, who later went on to work on the “Letterman” segments of that show. It is the […]
There is no better way to strengthen family connections than combining shared laughter and history. So every family should make time to watch the hilarious new PBS series “Make Em Laugh,” the history of comedy on television and in the […]
Someone assembled a marvelous collection of the greatest “This is our time”/”We can do it”/”Win one for the Gipper” movie moments: A great way to get you ready for new year’s resolution writing! How many scenes can you identify?
2008 was not a great year for romance on screen, as I have already noted. But there were four very touching movie love stories that deserve special mention: Wallâˆ™E: Love brought two mechanical creatures to life in this tender romance […]
Olivia Olson sings Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You” in this clip from “Love Actually.” And here is Mariah’s version:
Here’s my very favorite scene from the best-loved Christmas classic of all, It’s a Wonderful Life. Watch how George Baily (Jimmy Stewart) tries so hard not to be in love with Mary (Donna Reed) but just can’t help it. Fans […]
I love Kris Rasmussen’s list of favorite holiday movie moments from Idol Chatter. Some of my favorites are included and I was especially happy to see one most people overlook, the Cary Grant/Katharine Hepburn movie “Holiday:” Made by the same […]
William Gibson, best known as the man who wrote The Miracle Worker, died this week at age 94. Gibson’s sequel to “The Miracle Worker,” “Monday After the Miracle,” was not a success, but I thought it was a fine play. […]
Steve Martin plays a man trying to get home for Thanksgiving in his slapstick classic.
My very favorite cartoon character turns 80 today. Happy birthday, Mickey!
The American Film Institute’s Lifetime Achievement Award ceremony for Warren Beatty will be broadcast tonight at 9 pm EST on the USA Network. Beatty’s notorious romantic life and political activism has sometimes distracted the media from his achievements as an […]
USA Today’s Jim Cheng said it best: “Talk about a career with legs.” The beautiful dancer from Hollywood’s golden age died today at age 86. Born Tula Ellice Finklea in Amarillo, Texas, she was a professional ballerina at age 16 […]
They said she gave him sex and he gave her class. In eight heavenly movies from the 1930’s at RKO Studios and then with one more — their only one in color — at MGM, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers […]
Today is the 142nd anniversary of the birth of one of the most extraordinary teachers in American history, Annie Sullivan, who gave a little blind and deaf girl the power of language. William Gibson, who wrote two plays about the […]
USA Today has a terrific movie quiz. If you can recognize phrases like “La de dah,” “Show me the money,” “I see dead people,” and “If anyone orders merlot, I’m leaving,” you should be able to rack up an impressive […]