This month’s Twilight Time’s title array showcases several firsts: Japanese cinematic icon Ken Takakura’s opening salvo in a beloved series of “noble yakuza” movies, Twentieth Century Fox’s first 3D effort from the format’s so-called 1952-1955 golden age, the fondly remembered debut movie of actress Reese Witherspoon, and the first time John Ritter and Norman Fell were teamed on screen prior to Three’s Company, thanks to Charles Bronson. Preorders open today at 4 PM EDT/1 PM PDT for the May 16 TT hi-def Blu-ray arrivals of Brutal Tales of Chivalry (1965, aka Shôwa Zankyô-den), Inferno 3D/2D (1953), The Man in the Moon (1991), The Stone Killer (1973) and Who’ll Stop the Rain (1978). And there’s another treat, slightly delayed from an originally intended April liftoff: the romantic comedy thriller Year of the Comet (1992). Get caught in the downpour of iconic performers (Robert Ryan, Martin Balsam, Nick Nolte, Tuesday Weld, Rhonda Fleming, Tim Daly, Sam Waterston, Penelope Ann Miller, Michael Moriarty, Louis Jourdan), blistering action, moving drama and continental adventure in scintillating and spectacular 1080p.
Sharing today as a birthday and linked by their common bond of classic movies are a legendary singer/actor, a beloved writer/film historian and a formidable actress/writer. This May Titles Preorder Opening Date offers a dedication toast to Bing Crosby (1903-1977, star of the sold-out TT titles Stagecoach (1966) on DVD and High Time (1960) on Blu-ray), the prolific Oscar® chronicler, The Hollywood Reporter columnist, Turner Classic Movies host Robert Osborne (1932-2017), and Academy Award® winner and evocative memoirist Mary Astor (1906-1987), whose final film, made at the invitation of its star Bette Davis, her partner in her 1941 Oscar® vehicle The Great Lie, was the juicy and julepy Southern Gothic thriller Hush…Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964). Her character of Jewel Mayhew lies at the vengeful heart of Charlotte’s scandalous secrets, just as her 44-year screen legacy is safely harbored in the grateful memories of movie lovers.
As directed by Don Siegel and headed by Clint Eastwood, Dirty Harry (1971) proved to be a touchstone movie in its depiction of a no-nonsense, unblinking detective that gets the job done in the face of bureaucratic obstruction and legalistic challenges. When it thundered into theaters that holiday season, there was no stopping it at the box office. Its sequel [...]
Chilly Scenes of Winter and the Comedy of Sentimental Pessimism ~ Part 2 of 3: John Heard's Heroic Nature and the Movie's True Identity
Note: This essay features excerpts from Daniel Kremer’s forthcoming book Joan Micklin Silver: From Hester Street to Hollywood.It is difficult to imagine the role of Charles in the hands of the role’s other early contenders, as John Heard is so quintessentially forlorn as our heroic schlemeil. United Artists initially suggested Robin Williams, Treat Williams, John Ritter, Richard Dreyfuss and [...]