Forgotten Gems: Phenomenon Dance with life

Phenomenon - 1996 Director John Turteltaub Starring John Travolta, Kyra Sedgwick, Forest Whitaker, Robert Duvall, Brent Spiner Screenplay Gerald Di Pego When one ponders the fate of the film Phenomenon, it really shows how much time has passed since its début in 1996.  At the time it was a sizeable hit, never reaching #1 but certainly lingering in the top 10. … Continue reading Forgotten Gems: Phenomenon Dance with life

Cool Papa E’s Favorite Comedy Films of All Time

Live action comedy films are inexpensive to make but they are incredibly hard to master.  It's a generally accepted axiom that there is no generally accepted axiom as to what is universally funny.  That said, most makers of comedy barely even try.  Whether it's the rancid Scary Movie franchise, Tim Matheson's  Animal House / Meatballs … Continue reading Cool Papa E’s Favorite Comedy Films of All Time

Savages: Oliver Stone is just average weird

Savages - 2012 Director - Oliver Stone Starring Taylor Kitsch, Blake Lively, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Salma Hayek, John Travolta, Benicio del Toro Screenplay Don Winslow, Shane Salermo and Stone based on the Novel Savages by Winslow Somewhere along about 1994, Oliver Stone was lost to me.  He'd been weird before that, with The Doors, and history-challenged JFK.  Then came … Continue reading Savages: Oliver Stone is just average weird