The Best Films of Mark Sandrich

The Best Films of Mark Sandrich

Sandrich didn’t have the time to create a great number of master works as he died at 44 from a heart attack generally attributed to overwork. And he was stuck with the likes of the unfunny vaudeville-like team of Wheeler and Woolsey for several films. But in his brief career, Sandrich made his mark. His

The Worst of Marvel

Marvel is on a roll, with the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) being both wildly successful and consistently good. But Marvel has had its share of artistic failings, always when someone else’s hands were in the pie. So, to celebrate the release of Civil War, I’m going to dwell for a moment on the worst Marvel,

All My 2014 IIRTOs Awards in One Place

Nominees for Worst Feature Film Hercules Left Behind Noah Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Winner) Transformers: Age of Extinction   Nominees for Most Painful Performance Johnny Depp as Napping Guy in Transcendence Kelsey Grammer as Guy Just Getting a Paycheck in Transformers: Age of Extinction Mark Wahlberg as Overacting Abusive Father in Transformers: Age of Extinction

My Best and Worst of Tom Cruise

My Best and Worst of Tom Cruise

In “honor” of Tom Cruise staring in The Mummy, I came up with my favorite, and least favorite, films of Cruise. You see, Tom Cruise is not a good actor. That’s not something to debate. He’s horrendous. Now that alone isn’t a problem. You just need to be clever enough to choose films that fit

Worst Films of 2017

Worst Films of 2017

It’s time for my 10 Worst Fantasy and Science Fiction Films of 2017. I’ve been ranking the films all year as I see them, and this won’t quite match that list as I want an apples to apples comparison, so I’m only including wide releases or big budget pictures. Sure, some micro-budget VOD films would

The Best Films of Billy Wilder

The Best Films of Billy Wilder

Wilder started as a writer, first in Berlin, then in the US where he worked on the masterpiece Ninotchka before he added directing to his resume. He is probably the finest writer/director of all time. The thing that people sometime miss with Wilder is that he always made comedies, just sometimes those comedies pretended to

The Best Films of Leslie Howard

The Best Films of Leslie Howard

Howard was a major star of early film, and a gifted actor, playing romantics, egotists, detectives, scholars, and even a swashbuckler, but he is primarily remembered for his gruesome role as the effete Ashley in Gone With the Wind. His legacy deserves better. Hollywood never quite figured out what to do with him. He was

All Modern Doctor Who Episodes Ranked (Top 3rd)

All Modern Doctor Who Episodes Ranked (Top 3rd)

The top 3rd feels like two groups. About half would fit comfortably with the last section, while the best of the best here really soar. Maybe I should have split this into 5 or 6 posts. Ten dominates the list, but that is partly due to him being in more episodes than any other Doctor

Ranking Batmen

Ranking Batmen

I thought I’d look at the live-action Batmen when Batfleck was new. Now that Ben Affleck is out, I’ve updated this page, and await WB’s newest choice for the role. Oh, there will be another.  The impetuous for this was not only Affleck getting the part, but of him creating a pretty good Batman in

2014 Top 10 Film Posters

2014 Top 10 Film Posters

As it was pointed out to me that all of the many “Best of Film Posters” lists for 2014 were rubbish, I am diving in to save the day. Besides, I did so little film-type work this year, I need to start somewhere. This is most definitely not a top 10 film list. My year’s

The Best Films of Bela Lugosi

The Best Films of Bela Lugosi

Lugosi had a presence, a charisma, that shaped scenes and entire films. Was he a good actor? It’s hard to say. He wasn’t really given a chance. With his thick accent and less-than-perfect English, his roles were going to be limited. Add in the tendency to pigeonhole horror actors and his own poor choices, and

The Best Films of Maureen O’Sullivan

The Best Films of Maureen O’Sullivan

Maureen O’Sullivan was the great ingénue. She appeared to be sensual and exciting while simultaneously being innocent and cute. It was a balancing act few have managed to pull off. Unfortunately it put her in mainly supporting roles where she was the goal—of the eight films below, only two have her as the lead. The