Turner Movie Classics on February 27th showed its viewers My Son John, a 1952 film that Robert Osborne advised his audience had been deliberately put out of circulation since soon after it was released. In his introduction to the film, Osborne acknowledges that the film’s stars and producers were first rate. The cast included Helen Hayes, Van Heflin, and Robert Walker. Osborne also makes it clear that the film is an embarrassment to the film industry, full of childish anti-Communism and the foolish paranoia of America in the 1950s.
Paramount’s decision to delay the release of Martin Scorsese’s Shutter Island only increased the anticipation for the film’s February 12th debut. Evidently, it was well worth the wait. Never before has Martin Scorsese nor Leonardo Dicaprio, star of Shutter Island, had an opening as big as that of this film. In the first weekend of its release, Shutter Island has sold approximately $40 million in ticket sales. After viewing Shutter Island, it is not difficult to comprehend the film’s success.
“Even a man who is pure in heart and says his prayers by night, may become a wolf when the wolfbane blooms and the autumn moon is bright.” Set in Blackmoor, England, in 1891, The Wolfman embodies all of the elements of the old-fashioned horror film: gore, thrills, suspense, and surprise.
Nicholas Sparks’ 2006 novel Dear John came to life on the big screen February 5, drawing throngs of females to the theaters. Despite the film’s overwhelming appeal to the young female audience, Dear John embodies the elements necessary to potentially capture the attention of all moviegoers: war, loyalty, passion, and of course, love. Unfortunately, screenplay writer Jamie Linden and director Lasse Hallström are inept at adapting Sparks’ wonderful novel to the movie screen.
Hell hath no fury like that of a father scorned! At least that is one premise of Mel Gibson’s newest movie Edge of Darkness. When Thomas Craven’s daughter (Bojana Novakovic) is murdered on the front steps of his home, Craven (Mel Gibson) is thrust into a world of government collusion, secrecy, and deceit.