Hollywood Splendor

Ridley Scott directed a Callie Khouri script starring Susan Sarandon, Geena Davis, Harvey Keitel, Michael Madsen, Christopher McDonald and Brad Pitt circa 1991. (at Many places in America…)

Ridley Scott directed a Callie Khouri script starring Susan Sarandon, Geena Davis, Harvey Keitel, Michael Madsen, Christopher McDonald and Brad Pitt circa 1991. (at Many places in America…)

A King has tragically fallen. His work was and is everything. A great hero of mine now and forever. #RIP (at Somewhere…)

A King has tragically fallen. His work was and is everything. A great hero of mine now and forever. #RIP (at Somewhere…)

Joel and Ethan Coen wrote and directed a brilliant feature film starring Frances McDormand, William H. Macy, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare, Herve Presnell, Kristin Rudrud, and John Carroll Lynch circa 1996.

Joel and Ethan Coen wrote and directed a brilliant feature film starring Frances McDormand, William H. Macy, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare, Herve Presnell, Kristin Rudrud, and John Carroll Lynch circa 1996.

In 1946 Howard Hawks directed the William Faulkner, Leigh Brackett, and Jules Furthman adaptation of Raymond Chandler’s crime novel. The film starred Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall whose real life chemistry is palpable on-screen throughout the entire picture. Probably the only black and white film where I thought the actress was f’ing amazing (outside of Marylin obviously).

In 1946 Howard Hawks directed the William Faulkner, Leigh Brackett, and Jules Furthman adaptation of Raymond Chandler’s crime novel. The film starred Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall whose real life chemistry is palpable on-screen throughout the entire picture. Probably the only black and white film where I thought the actress was f’ing amazing (outside of Marylin obviously).

Norman Jewison directed a brilliantly written John Patrick Shanley script, starring Cher, Nic Cage, Vincent Gardenia, Olympia Dukakis, Danny Aiello, John Mahoney, and Leonardo Cimino circa 1987. The writing, acting, pacing, and 1980s NYC’ness of this film is pure magic. Bella, bella, bella.

Norman Jewison directed a brilliantly written John Patrick Shanley script, starring Cher, Nic Cage, Vincent Gardenia, Olympia Dukakis, Danny Aiello, John Mahoney, and Leonardo Cimino circa 1987. The writing, acting, pacing, and 1980s NYC’ness of this film is pure magic. Bella, bella, bella.

In 1993 Tony Scott directed a brilliant script called True Romance by the young script writer Quentin Tarantino starring Christian Slater playing Clarence Worley and Patricia Arquette playing Alabama Whitman. Oh, and Dennis Hopper, Val Kilmer, Gary Oldman, Brad Pitt, Christopher Walken, Bronson Pinchot, Michael Rapaport, Saul Rubinek, James Gandolfini, Chris Penn, and Tom Sizemore all decided to show up to play bit roles. To say this film is legendary is an understatement.

In 1993 Tony Scott directed a brilliant script called True Romance by the young script writer Quentin Tarantino starring Christian Slater playing Clarence Worley and Patricia Arquette playing Alabama Whitman. Oh, and Dennis Hopper, Val Kilmer, Gary Oldman, Brad Pitt, Christopher Walken, Bronson Pinchot, Michael Rapaport, Saul Rubinek, James Gandolfini, Chris Penn, and Tom Sizemore all decided to show up to play bit roles. To say this film is legendary is an understatement.

Luc Besson wrote and directed his seventh feature film starring Jean Reno, Gary Oldman, Natalie Portman, and Danny Aiello. A brilliant story that transcended various borders and enabled Oldman to show us how maddening he can be and introduced the world to a brilliant new talent in Portman circa 1994.

Luc Besson wrote and directed his seventh feature film starring Jean Reno, Gary Oldman, Natalie Portman, and Danny Aiello. A brilliant story that transcended various borders and enabled Oldman to show us how maddening he can be and introduced the world to a brilliant new talent in Portman circa 1994.

Melanie Griffith, Sigourney Weaver, Joan Cusack, Harrison Ford, and Alec Baldwin KILLED it in this Mike Nichols classic, Working Girl circa 1988.   (at New York, NY)

Melanie Griffith, Sigourney Weaver, Joan Cusack, Harrison Ford, and Alec Baldwin KILLED it in this Mike Nichols classic, Working Girl circa 1988. (at New York, NY)