Rock Biopics: The Buddy Holly Story, Starring Gary Busey

Photo : Everett Collection For this biopic, Gary Busey dropped 35 pounds and did his own singing as Buddy Holly, the grinning, horn-rimmed Boy Scout of 1950s rock. Busey plays Buddy Holly as a rock dynamo in a nerd’s body, turning songs like “Peggy Sue” and “Not Fade Away” into happy combustion. The main reason to see […]

Movie Stars: Brassi, Rosanno–Latin Lover

Rossano Brazzi (September 18, 1916–December 24, 1994) was an Italian actor, typecast in Hollywood as the sensual and suave Latin Lover. Brazzi was born in Bologna, Italy, the son of Maria Ghedini and Adelmo Brazzi, an employee of the Rizzoli shoe factory. He was named after Rossano Veneto, where his father was stationed during his […]

Girl Who Had Everything, The (1953): Thorpe’s Melodrama, Starring William Powell and Elizabeth Taylor

Richard Thorpe directed this minor family and romantic melodrama, starring William Powell in his last MGM feature and one of his last roles before retirement. and Elizabeth Taylor in one of her transitional parts into adulthood. The Girl Who Had Everything Theatrical Film Poster The screenplay was written by Art Cohn, based upon a 1928 […]

Wojnarowicz: F**k You, F*ggot F**ker’: Chris McKim’s Documentary of the Gay Village Artist

McKim’s poignant documentary on the life and times of gay East Village artist and AIDS activist David Wojnarowicz (1954-1992) reflects the sociopolitical climate of the 1980s, while remaining relevant today.

Door-to-Door Maniac (Five Minutes to Live) (1961): Bill Karn’s Curio Indie, Starring Johnny Cash

Bill Karn directed Five Minutes to Live, a neo-noir crime film, later re-titled Door-to-Door Maniac for its 1966 rerelease. The film stars Johnny Cash, who wrote and sang the title song, and Cay Forrester, who wrote the screenplay and whose husband, Ludlow Flower, produced. Five Minutes to Live was one of only two theatrical film […]