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)

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)

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)

The Rag Man (1925)

In this silent film, a runaway orphan forms a partnership with a junk dealer on the Lower East Side and helps him make his fortune, while also curing him of his loneliness. The film stars an 11-year-old Jackie Coogan, who shares the screen with the underrated Jewish comic actor Max Davidson and a horse named 'Dynamite.' It … Continue reading The Rag Man (1925)