Whenever a classic television series is made into a movie, the buzz always seems to be about whether the screen version will be a creative variation on the theme or merely a campy, cornball, take-the-money-and-run ripoff trading in familiar formulas and shopworn cliches. After all, for every inspired adaptation like Batman (1989), Charlie\’s Angels (2000) and 21 Jump Street (2012) there are just as many bitter disappointments, al a Dragnet (1987), I Spy (2002) and Get Smart (2008).
Legendary jazz great Lee Morgan (1938-1972) was born and raised in Philadelphia where he received his first trumpet as a gift from his sister on his 13th birthday. He soon became a protege of Clifford Brown who would die in a car accident at the tender age of 25.
It\’s not very clear whether Harry Catto\’s (Joe Blakemore) death was a murder or a suicide. One thing\’s for certain, though. It wasn\’t merely a mishap, because nobody accidentally sticks a gun in his own mouth and pulls the trigger. The cops suspect that he killed himself, but his father (David Troughton) is too much in shock to press them to launch a full investigation.
In recent years, Hollywood has started serving up some outer space adventures, a la The Martian (2015) and The Space between Us (2017), suggesting that the Red Planet is basically a benign environment free of any hostile creatures. But just when we thought it was safe to visit Mars again, along comes Life, a cautionary horror flick unleashing a terrifying alien force aboard an international space station.
Every couple of years or so, I get approached by a friend or acquaintance excited about some great new product that they\’ve just quit their job to sell. Curiously, instead of trying to get me as a customer, they\’re always more interested in offering me an opportunity to share in their good fortune by becoming a distributor.
Actor Martinez Film Review by Kam Williams Zany Mockumentary Features Computer Tech-Turned-Aspiring Actor Did you see I’m Still Here (2010), the mockumentary chronicling Joaquin Phoenix’s supposed retirement from acting to try his hand at rap music? Well, what made that movie fascinating was how it was edited in such a way as to make […]
The beloved classic King Kong (1933), starring Fay Wray, revolved around an expedition to an uncharted island in the Indian Ocean inhabited by an array of prodigious prehistoric animals. The explorers proceed to capture and cage a gigantic ape with plans to put him on exhibition in New York as the 8th Wonder of the World.
Color Guards are carefully-synchronized teams which often appear on the field during halftime of high school and football games. Not to be confused with marching bands or cheerleading squads, these highly-choreographed dance troupes wave flags, toss rifles and spin sabres instead of playing musical instruments or executing daredevil acrobatics.
How many immortal speeches have been delivered by U.S. presidents and other American icons? Lincoln’s “Four score and seven years ago” Gettysburg Address, FDR’s “We have nothing to fear but fear itself,” Eisenhower’s beware of the “Military-Industrial Complex” farewell address, JFK’s “Ask not what your country can do for you” inaugural address, Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, and Reagan’s “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall,” are among the handful which have stood the test of time