Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956)

Based on the life of boxer Rocky Graziano, Somebody Up There Likes Me tells the story of a quick-tempered street thug from the Lower East Side with a history of petty crimes, who eventually turns his life around and becomes the World Middleweight Champion. James Dean was the original choice to play the title role, but … Continue reading Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956)

Wolfen (1981)

Happy Halloween! As promised, here is the second 1980s horror movie posting. "Wolfen," starring Albert Finney, Diane Venora, Gregory Hines and Edward James Olmos, is NOT about werewolves. It's an eerie tale about a pack of mysterious supernatural creatures that may or may not be connected with a group of local Native Americans, and who roam the … Continue reading Wolfen (1981)

C.H.U.D. (1984)

It's October and in anticipation of Halloween, I'm looking at two early 80's horror films shot in NYC. The first is 1984's "C.H.U.D.," which supposedly stands for Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers, but as the story unfolds, it's discovered that it stands for something more sinister. Probably inspired by news reports of discarded alligators growing in the New … Continue reading C.H.U.D. (1984)

Big (1988)

Out of all of the films directed by Penny Marshall, 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 … Continue reading Big (1988)

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)