Some Like It Hot

The scene is one of the most iconic in movie history: Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon, dressed as women, walk down a train platform. They both exude character: Curtis upright and poised as “Josephine,” Lemmon struggling just to stay up on his high heels as “Daphne.” As men in dresses for the first time, they […]

Thief

The opening sequence begins in the dead of night on the moody rainswept streets of Chicago. During the next almost dialog-free ten minutes we accompany three well-equipped thieves on a heist to liberate the contents of a safe. We can tell that their leader, the safe cracker himself, is a professional by his cold determination, […]

On The Beach

A worldly, dark-haired, and attractive woman is sent to pick up a tall handsome stranger arriving by train. They meet cute and flirt lightly back and forth before climbing together into her horse-drawn buggy. With a crack of her whip, they take off on their way to his destination in this strange land. The woman […]

Fargo

“There’s more to life than a little bit of money you know. Don’t you know that?” A very pregnant police chief, at the wheel of her cruiser, expresses her exasperation with the sullen and silent psychopath in her back seat. “And here ya are, and it’s a beautiful day,” she continues, unironically gesturing at the […]

The Apartment

Shirley MacLaine’s still-active career has spanned over 65 years.  On screen, she has evolved from adorable to formidable to indomitable (and everything in between).  Ms. MacLaine has been nominated for six Academy Awards® for Best Actress, including two for “The Apartment” (1960) and “Irma la Douce” (1963) both of which are featured this month. MacLaine’s […]

Pork Chop Hill

“Pork Chop Hill” (1959), starring Gregory Peck, is the powerful true story about a one of the costliest battles of the Korean Conflict. The movie showed the grim realities of war and depicted the heroism and humanity of the men who were sent to fight. Among the many fine actors who rounded out the supporting […]