A solitary young man shoots practice goals on a small-town ice-rink. He’s fast on his skates, adept with his hockey stick, and he knows he’s good. He has talent and he has a dream to play professional hockey, all he needs is a chance to prove himself. The young man is played by Rob Lowe, […]


A pair of American interior decorators unbox their recent haul of European antiquities and unwittingly awaken a vampire from two centuries of slumber. Aroused and hungry for blood, the undead African Prince Mamuwalde makes short work of his two liberators before heading out to prowl the streets of nineteen-seventies Los Angeles. The movie is “Blacula” […]

Cooley High

MGM HD proudly celebrates the recent addition of “Cooley High” (1975) to the National Film Registry at the Library of Congress. Starring the great Glynn Thurman and Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, “Cooley High” follows a pair of high school seniors navigating life in Chicago’s Cabrini Green projects circa 1964. Directed by Michael Schultz from an autobiographical script […]

Thunderbolt & Lightfoot

The scene opens on a small white church standing plain against a Montana sky. A priest, fleeing a hitman, runs across a field of wheat only to be saved by a stranger at the wheel of a Pontiac Trans Am. The priest is really a bank robber in hiding played by Clint Eastwood.  The driver […]

A Fish Called Wanda

Four characters, two Brits and two Americans, plot a brazen diamond heist to be carried out in broad daylight in the middle of London. They pull off their raid with clockwork precision and make off with the loot. And that is where their troubles begin. The movie is “A Fish Called Wanda” (1988) the classic […]

Invasion of the Body Snatchers

A mysterious gelatinous organism floats through space and lands on Earth generating seed pods with pretty little flowers that belie a sinister intent. Within days of arriving, the people of a major American city begin to act strangely in small, nearly unnoticeable ways. When a research scientist’s live-in lover begins to exhibit odd behavior, she […]

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 […]


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, […]