MY BEAUTIFUL LAUNDRETTE

Director Stephen Frears’ “My Beautiful Laundrette” (1985), featured June & July (2022) on MGM HD, is a story of Britain in a time of radical social and economic transition. The movie follows the journey of a Pakistani Londoner named Omar (Gordon Warnecke) as he progresses from being a poor caretaker to an ailing family member […]

RONIN

An Englishman, a Frenchman, a German, and two Americans walk into a bar… But, there’s no joke to tell. In fact, the business at hand is deadly serious. The bar is in Paris, and the men have been called there by a mysterious Irishwoman. We gather they are professionals unknown to one another. Each person […]

Sweet Smell of Success

As neon lights bathe Times Square in a glamorous glow that hides its seediness in the shadows, a slick press agent, with a high-piled pompadour, sharks his way through the night. His nocturnal prowl leads him to the table of a gossip columnist who holds the fates of senators and stars in his hands. The […]

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 Killer Elite

Two veteran CIA subcontractors pull off the dangerous job of a recovering an asset and transporting him to a safehouse. The two men trade jokes with the weary humor of a couple of professionals with years of well-worn experience. They are men who operate in a world where no one can be trusted and yet […]

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 […]

Run Silent, Run Deep

The setting is the South Pacific during World War II. An American submarine tracks an enemy convoy along a deadly stretch known as the Bungo Straights. The captain, a grizzled Navy veteran, stands on the conning tower. He eyes his quarry through his binoculars with a palpable obsession. He barks orders to the bridge to […]

Killer’s Kiss

Two lonely people lead parallel lives mirrored in a pair of low-rent apartments. He, a boxer, prepares for a prize fight against his next opponent.  She, a taxi-dancer, readies herself for a night of fending off a different type of contender. As they dress, they steal glances at each other across a courtyard just too […]

Salvador

“Salvador” (1986), directed by Oliver Stone, featured May & June (2022) on MGM HD, kicked off a string of hits for the director that would establish his reputation as one of the most provocative directors of his era. The movie, also co-written by Stone, dealt with themes that continue to weave through the tapestry of […]

The Night of the Hunter

The image is iconic: a country preacher leans against a baluster, the word LOVE tattooed on his right hand, the word HATE on his left; his expression a paradox of friendly menace. He proceeds to wrestle his hands together in a demonstration of man’s eternal struggle. The preacher is the great Robert Mitchum, and the […]