Superman: Richard Donner’s dazzling, delightful & star-studded superhero epic set the template for comic-book adaptations

Superman (1978), directed by Richard Donner and starring Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman and Christopher Reeve as the eponymous 'Man of Steel,' was the first serious attempt at making a big budget studio feature film about a comic-book superhero, and it also remains one of the best. "This is no Fantasy" This is the first line … Continue reading Superman: Richard Donner’s dazzling, delightful & star-studded superhero epic set the template for comic-book adaptations

The Godfather: Coppola, Brando and Pacino transformed Mario Puzo’s gangster saga into a mesmerizing meditation on power, succession and moral corruption

The Godfather (1972), directed by Francis Ford Coppola, is a strong candidate for the title of 'the greatest American film ever made'. The film, adapted form Mario Puzo's bestselling novel, tells the story of the fictional Corleone family and starred Marlon Brando and Al Pacino in lead roles. When Mario Puzo set out to write … Continue reading The Godfather: Coppola, Brando and Pacino transformed Mario Puzo’s gangster saga into a mesmerizing meditation on power, succession and moral corruption

One-Eyed Jacks: The only film directed by Marlon Brando is one of the greatest and most original Westerns ever made

One-Eyed Jacks (1961) is the only film directed by acting legend, Marlon Brando. The film is a one-of-a-kind Western that mixes the glossy production values of old-Hollywood with the emotional values of an emerging new-Hollywood, with its complex plot and morally ambiguous protagonists. "one may smile, and smile, and be a villain"from William Shakespeare's play … Continue reading One-Eyed Jacks: The only film directed by Marlon Brando is one of the greatest and most original Westerns ever made

The Appaloosa: Marlon Brando is driven by atonement, pride and revenge to reclaim the eponymous equine from John Saxon in this baroque, eccentric Western

The Appaloosa(1966), starring Marlon Brando, Anjanette Comer and John Saxon, and directed by Sidney J. Furie, is a visually innovative, psychological Western that details the physical and psychological duel between two men, an American and a Mexican, to possess the titular stallion. Matt Fletcher: I'm having a little trouble getting started, Father.Priest: You are in … Continue reading The Appaloosa: Marlon Brando is driven by atonement, pride and revenge to reclaim the eponymous equine from John Saxon in this baroque, eccentric Western

The Missouri Breaks: Marlon Brando gives a wildly entertaining performance opposite Jack Nicholson in this bizarre and Fascinating Western

Marlon Brando and Jack Nicholson teamed up for the first and only time in the quirky and fascinating 1976 Western, The Missouri Breaks, directed by Arthur Penn. After conquering the world of theater in the 1940's and the world of movies in the 1950's - with a totally new 'method' that redefined the craft of … Continue reading The Missouri Breaks: Marlon Brando gives a wildly entertaining performance opposite Jack Nicholson in this bizarre and Fascinating Western

Apocalypse Now: Francis Ford Coppola’s surrealistic, psychedelic, metaphysical Odyssey into heart of darkness is as hypnotic as ever

It was about forty-two years ago that Francis Ford Coppola premiered his long delayed, troubled production, Apocalypse Now, in Cannes. The film was not yet finished and it was shown as a work in progress. But still it won the Palme D'or. Looks like the film is still a work in progress for Coppola. He … Continue reading Apocalypse Now: Francis Ford Coppola’s surrealistic, psychedelic, metaphysical Odyssey into heart of darkness is as hypnotic as ever