Three Days of the Condor: A 1970s Political Thriller

Three Days of the Condor is a 1970s post-Watergate political thriller that more or less captured the paranoia at the time. “You think not getting caught in a lie is the same thing as telling the truth?” – Joe Turner (Robert Redford) Political thrillers were very much a thing of the 1970s. This film is a reason why Robert Redford would take on a key role in 2014’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier. The film…

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The Sting: Oscar Winner Marks 50th Anniversary

The Sting, an American caper that won seven Oscars in ten nominations, marks the 50th anniversary of its 1973 theatrical release. I’m not going to delve into the plot but the gist of the film is that two grifters, Henry Gondorff (Paul Newman) and Johnny Hooker (Robert Redford), are attempting to con a mob boss, Doyle Lonnegan (Robert Shaw), in 1936. It’s certainly quite the con as we see how things play out at the…

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Ordinary People: A Multi-Oscar Winner In 1980

The Oscar-winning Ordinary People joined the Paramount Presents line with a new Blu-ray last March from Paramount. Robert Redford oversaw the 4K transfer as the film was remastered for Blu-ray. With the amount of films getting a 4K UHD release, one can only wonder why Paramount opted with Blu-ray over a 4K UHD disc. I have no excuse in being so late to watching the film but with Being Mary Tyler Moore airing this weekend,…

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Sidney: A Revealing Documentary of Sidney Poitier

The late Sidney Poitier gets a revealing documentary in a two-hour film directed by Reginald Hudlin and produced by Oprah Winfrey. Unfortunately I missed getting the opportunity to see Sidney during its Toronto premiere screenings. I had one screening on my schedule but one must listen to their body when it needs sleep. In any event, I finally had the chance to sit down and watch ahead of its release on Apple TV+. Leave it…

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Inside Daisy Clover: A Look At Hollywood Cruelty

Inside Daisy Clover, starring Natalie Wood, is a film that takes a look at Hollywood cruelty while also being a film that was ahead of its time. We first meet Daisy Clover (Natalie Wood) on her 15th birthday in 1936. She later discovers a telegram from Raymond Swan (Christopher Plummer) thrown in the trash upon coming home from work. There’s a mysterious car waiting for her and we get the backstory about her making a…

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier – The Road to Endgame

Captain America: The Winter Soldier is the most political film by far for Marvel as Chris Evans makes his return to the role on the big screen. It’s been some two years following the Battle of New York and Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) is living in Washington, D.C.  It is a quiet life for the man out of time.  He also continues to adjust to this new reality.  He’s become friends with military veteran Sam Wilson…

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Sundance 2019: Words from a Bear

N. Scott Momaday: Words from a Bear is a new American Masters documentary celebrating the life of the 1969 Pulitzer Prize-winning Native American author. To say that N. Scott Momaday is a celebrated storyteller would not be an understatement.  The 1960s were an interesting time in America.  I think this goes without saying.  The fact that he took home the Pulitzer Prize for his work says even more because this was a guy who wrote…

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The Old Man & The Gun – Robert Redford’s Last Film?

Being billed as Robert Redford’s final acting performance, the actor delivers quite possibly for the last time in The Old Man & The Gun. We’re taken back in time to 1981 when Forrest Tucker (Robert Redford) was a leader of the Over-the-Hill Gang, joined by Teddy (Danny Glover) and Waller (Tom Waits).  What’s so perplexing about it was that this old man couldn’t have been nicer to the bank tellers.  In the words of many…

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TIFF 2018: The Old Man & The Gun

Being billed as Robert Redford’s final acting performance, the actor delivers quite possibly for the last time in The Old Man & The Gun. We’re taken back in time to 1981 when Forrest Tucker (Robert Redford) was planning so many bank robberies.  What’s so perplexing about it was that this old man couldn’t have been nicer to the bank tellers.  In the words of many of them, he was pretty much almost a perfect gentleman! …

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