"Jaws" Premiered On This Date In 1975

Directed by Hollywood’s newest wunderkind, Steven Spielberg, from a screenplay written by Benchley and Carl Gottlieb, “Jaws" is a grisly film, often ugly as sin, which achieves precisely what it set out to accomplish - scare the hell out of you. As such, it’s destined to become a classic the way all truly terrifying movies, good or bad, become classics of a kind.

Newsweek June 23, 1975



Remembering “Alien” And Anticipating “Prometheus”

Sprung from the gelatinous innards of an obscene egg on some far-off planet, a hideous, squidlike thing leaps onto the startled face of a hapless astronaut. Yuck!  What could be more basic than “Alien”? A crew of space travelers on a commercial mission picks up a strange organism on a remote planet and brings it aboard ship, where it disappears, metamorphoses and proceeds to eat our heroes one by one. 

Newsweek June 18, 1979
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Remembering “Alien” And Anticipating “Prometheus”

Sprung from the gelatinous innards of an obscene egg on some far-off planet, a hideous, squidlike thing leaps onto the startled face of a hapless astronaut. Yuck!  What could be more basic than “Alien”? A crew of space travelers on a commercial mission picks up a strange organism on a remote planet and brings it aboard ship, where it disappears, metamorphoses and proceeds to eat our heroes one by one. 

Newsweek June 18, 1979

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"The Godfather" Premiered 40 Years Ago Today

Coppola’s antiphony of themes of innocence and corruption, his artful mixing of domestic detail and cold killing, are what raise this film far about the ordinary gangland epic. The story of the fall of the Cosa Nostra Don, Vito Corleone, and the rise to power of his son, Michael, is as much a story of family loyalty as it is a saga of power struggles in organized crime.

Newsweek March 13, 1972

"The Godfather" Premiered 40 Years Ago Today

Coppola’s antiphony of themes of innocence and corruption, his artful mixing of domestic detail and cold killing, are what raise this film far about the ordinary gangland epic. The story of the fall of the Cosa Nostra Don, Vito Corleone, and the rise to power of his son, Michael, is as much a story of family loyalty as it is a saga of power struggles in organized crime.

Newsweek March 13, 1972



Kubrick’s “A Clockwork Orange” Turns 40

Now Kubrick has a new movie, taken from the brilliant and shocking novel by British writer Anthony Burgess.  The film is not without its small failings, for a man who makes as many daring leaps as Kubrick is bound to slip from time to time, just as he is insured against ever boring us.  “A Clockwork Orange” is also a characteristically frosty piece of filmmaking, shorn completely of sentiment, working through brilliant ironies and dazzling dramatic ideas that please us, provoke our laughter, galvanize our intellects, win our admiration- but never touch our hearts.

Newsweek January 3, 1972 [Cover photo by Kubrick]



Shots From “The New American Beauties” Cover Package

Before the British were the Italians- sexy, shapely and abandoned.  Always there were the French, who come in all styles from the life-loving to the world-weary.  But when was the last American actress to electrify the world’s moviegoers?  Probably you would have to go all the way back to Marilyn to find an answer- that is, until Faye Dunaway came along.

Newsweek March 4, 1968