Big (1988)

Out of all of Penny Marshall's directed films, 1988's "Big" is arguably her most successful one, both critically and financially. This was a noteworthy achievement, not only because Marshall was still fairly new to directing, but because it was the fourth "boy in an adult body" film to be released by a major studio in a 12-month period. The two big … Continue reading Big (1988)

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F/X (1986)

This mid-80’s action film is about a special effects man named Rollie, who is hired by the Department of Justice to fake the murder of a mobster. But after he’s double-crossed by the people who hired him, Rollie fears he may have actually killed the mobster, and soon finds himself pursued by both crooked government agents and … Continue reading F/X (1986)

Love with the Proper Stranger (1963)

1963’s "Love with the Proper Stranger" was a star-vehicle for Natalie Wood and Steve McQueen, who were trying to make the transition into serious drama. But clearly the studio was hesitant to launch these stars into a completely straight drama, and the result is a movie that is uneven and dramatically shifts tones about halfway through. … Continue reading Love with the Proper Stranger (1963)

The Wrong Man (1956)

"The Wrong Man" is a docudrama film directed by Alfred Hitchcock, starring Henry Fonda, Vera Miles and Harold J. Stone. The film is based on the true story of a Queens resident, Christopher Emmanuel Balestrero, a professional musician who was wrongfully charged with a series of local robberies. Shot in and around New York City, … Continue reading The Wrong Man (1956)

Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins (1985)

Based on The Destroyer pulp paperback series, this film follows the creation and training of Remo Williams, a New York City cop who is unwillingly recruited as an assassin for a super-secret government agency, known as CURE. Although it fared poorly in the box office, and received mixed reviews upon its released, "Remo Williams" has become somewhat of a cult classic … Continue reading Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins (1985)

Serpico (1973)

Adapted from Peter Maas's book, Sidney Lumet's drama portrays the real-life struggle of an honest city cop against a corrupt system. Starring Al Pacino as the titular character, and filmed on location in every borough of New York (except Staten Island), "Serpico" effectively captures the life of a lone cop in New York City during the 1960's and 70's. … Continue reading Serpico (1973)

Side Street (1950)

A New York City mailman is chased by both cops and crooks when he steals a shipment of dirty money. This film-noir directed by Anthony Mann re-teams Farley Granger and Cathy O'Donnell (who previously starred together in 1948's "They Live by Night") for a gritty urban crime story. And to add a sense of realism, almost all … Continue reading Side Street (1950)