I have always been impressed by the ability of top film directors to project an aura of invincibility — did they all take the "Aura 101" course in film school? Directors must not be challenged on set…
A lonely canoe drifts and slowly disappears into the limitless ocean under a foreboding sky.
An infuriating stunt that misrepresents itself as James Franco and co-director Travis Mathews' reimagining of the 40 minutes William Friedkin claims he was forced to cut from "Cruising" to get an R…
Quentin Tarantino rides to the Weinsteins' rescue, delivering a bloody hilarious (and hilariously bloody) Christmas counter-programmer, which Sony will unleash abroad.
When William Friedkin filed suit against Paramount and Universal last month in Los Angeles Superior Court over the returns from his 1977 movie "Sorcerer," it wasn't yet another profit participation…
Thomas D. Clagett's exhaustive and perceptive "William Friedkin: Films of Aberration, Obsession and Reality" provides a behind-the-scenes look at Friedkin's works, highlighted by a section on the…
In Cruising writer-director William Friedkin explores the S&M life of New York City. Like any approach to the bizarre, it is fascinating for about 15 minutes.
Screenplay is pegged around a typical American family which resides in a small California town. Their existence is tranquil until the 12-year-old son (Jimmy Hunt) awakens in a thunderstorm to observe…
The mad humor of Dr Seuss (Ted Geisel) has been captured on film in this odd flight into chimerical fiction. Story and conception were shaped by Dr Seuss for the Stanley Kramer unit at Columbia, and…
An articulate drama of men and planes has been fashioned from Ernest K. Gann's novel. The Wayne-Fellows production was scripted with care by Gann for aviation aficionado William A. Wellman who gives…