Five Incredible TV Dramas

With the advent of streaming and premium cable channel content creation, TV has reentered a golden age.  Here are five incredible TV Dramas. The Sopranos – This HBO show ran from 1997-2007.  It is as addictive as Camella’s Ziti. Breaking Bad – Walter White goes dark in this intense, morally adrift on blue ice drama Mad […]

Fictional Films on the Black Death

The Black Death is probably the worst contagion of spreadable disease in the known history of mankind.  It was caused by three different infections:  Bubonic plague, Pneumonic plague  and Septicemic plague.  Plague has ravaged socieities all the way into the 1900s.  The European middle ages is the time when the pestulance killed over 50% of […]

Five Directors Who Never Won An Academy Award

This is just another example of how award shows are probably rigged and political.  Here are five directors who never won.   Stanley Kubrick  – Can you even believe the guy who directed 2001 A Space Odessey, The Shining, A Clockwork Orange and Barry Lydon never won?  There is no justice! Alfred Hitchcock – The master […]

Chick Flicks

Fried Green Tomatoes – Deep South story of love, betrayal, abuse and murder. Kathy Bates shines and the story will get you craving for food too. Also stars Jessica Tandy and Mary-Louise Parker. Thelma & Louise – This is a classic film where going out in a blaze of glory is better than being repressed. […]

Mind Blowing Film Scores

Psycho – Anything Bernard Herrmann did is magic but he makes this shower scene. American Beauty – Thomas Newman‘s score of this 1999 film makes a plastic bag beautiful. The Painted Veil – This one is rarely on other’s lists but the Alexandre Desplat score is haunting. Vertigo – Another Bernard Herrmann masterwork. Beautiful and […]

Five Underrated Films

Mrs. Brown – Judi Dench rocks as Queen Victoria later in life. Shutter Island – Martin Scorsese directs and a Max Ritcher piece make this a haunting psychological thriller. The Painted Veil – The soundtrak by Alexandre Desplat made this an epic tale of love, betrayal, remorse and forgiveness. Chronic – Tim Roth stars as […]

Damaging Desire Films

Vertigo – This Hitchcock film stars Jame Stewart as a man who is consumed by unobtainable obsession.  History repeats and so do emotional patterns.   Lolita – Stanley Kubrick directed a story of a middle aged man’s obsession with a pubescent teen.   Based on Nabokov‘s novel.  This controversial book is not sugar coated by Kubrick.    […]

Great Detective TV Shows

Bron/Broen – This show has been remade multiple times but it is the original in Danish and Swedish which rocks Prime Suspect – Helen Mirren plays a detective in a field fraught with misogyny. The Fall – Jamie Dorman is a serial killer and Gillian Anderson is the DCI after him. This BBC series has […]

Films with Fantastic Food

The Godfather – This 1972 class will have you craving spaghetti and meatballs ala Mafia captain Clemenza. </p> Tortilla Soup – This film has so many recipes and food scenes, you’ll be running to the kitchen or grabbing delivery in no time. Goodfellas – Paulie’s razor blade garlic technique is almost as famous as the […]