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)

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)

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)