I recently picked up a used 2-disc set containing THE FRENCH CONNECTION and various extras, including two documentaries on the film, deleted scenes, and separate audio commentaries by stars Gene Hackman and Roy Scheider and director William Friedkin. 3,758 more words


The Sound of Fate: William Friedkin's Sorcerer (1977)

Friedkin’s follow-up to The Exorcist might have taken almost forty years to gain the respect it deserves but better late than never. This is a masculine and brutish picture, extremely physical in design and presentation but flavoured with a crackling existential shroud. 525 more words


Freedom is a muscle… you have to exercise it. – Roy Scheider http://ift.tt/1RuGl3l

Roy Scheider

The French Connection (1971)

Tough New York street detective “Popeye” Doyle stumbles upon a ring of drug runners planning to import heroin from France.

Director of The Exorcist William Friedkin uncompromisingly directs one of the great hard-boiled cop dramas of the 1970’s in what can be seen as the granddaddy of popular TV series The Wire. 123 more words


All That Jazz - Review


Behind the glamour that one imagines inside of working in the entertainment industry, there’s that miserable soul behind it all who essentially works himself to death. 530 more words

Film Reviews

Jaws- A Celebration

Does the perfect film exist?  Put simply, no.  There are no perfect films as, no matter how highly a film is rated on rotten tomatoes or you as an individual viewer may enjoy a movie, there will always be a difference of opinion. 1,466 more words


Last Embrace (1979)

Jonathan Demme’s take on the Hitchcock thriller is enjoyable enough and moves with a 90-minute swiftness. Roy Scheider is one of the best actors the 70s blessed us with and it’s fun to see him play a conflicted, cookie-cutter hero. 196 more words