R. Gawlitta

"Coolmoan"
 
Helpful votes received on reviews: 82% (28 of 34)
Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin USA
Birthday: March 14
In My Own Words:
I LOVE the trashy sci-fi films of the 50's. I also like action/adventure films, as well as mysteries, ghost stories and vintage classic films. My musical preferences are 50's/60's rock 'n roll & Opera (go figure?). I've sung in the chorus of Milwaukee's Florentine Opera for 28 years. l retired in 2010.

I love to travel and have made an effort to visit all the National Parks (so far 53 out of 58)… Read more

Interests
Music, Theatre, All musical theatre, incl Opera, Travel, Horror Fiction (Koontz & Saul). Oscar trivia
 

Reviews

Top Reviewer Ranking: 449,586 - Total Helpful Votes: 28 of 34
American Beauty (Widescreen) <b>DVD</b> ~ Kevin Spacey
American Beauty (Widescreen) DVD ~ Kevin Spacey
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I've read some of the other reviews, and they blab away the plot. I won't do that. What's important is that this is a first screenplay from Alan Ball, and he deserved his Oscar. Sam Mendes put it all in perspective, and brought a brilliant cast to fruition. A lot of this is about middle-age angst, but there are terrific insights about current young person's issues. Wes Bentley is wonderful, as is Thora Birch, and, later, Mena Suvari. The film really centers around Kevin Spacey and he deserved his Oscar. Some may take issue that Annette Benning should've won. (She lost to Hilary Swank, who was in almost every frame of "Boys Don't Cry")Phenomenal extra characters, and Chris Cooper… Read more
All Through the Night [Import] <b>VHS</b> ~ Humphrey Bogart
All Through the Night [Import] VHS ~ Humphrey Bogart
There are lots of reasons to love this film. The stellar cast, including Wm. Demarest, Jane Darwell, Phil Silvers, a young Jackie Gleason, Frank McHugh, Conrad Veidt, Peter Lorre, Judith Anderson...well, it doesn't get much better. Consider the 1942 release...the war was at it's peak. Then there's Bogie, playing a likeable gangster who makes good with rival gangsters to beat up a Nazi infiltration in NYC. Add tons of humor and the beautiful Kaaren Verne, and you have a delightful mix of suspense, angst, intrigue and American triumph (as well as a cute love story). It may not be a great film, but I think it's my favorite Bogie film, if only because it's so much fun to watch. Where's the DVD?
Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express (Bi&hellip <b>DVD</b> ~ Albert Finney
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait..., July 3 2004
"Murder on the Orient Express" probably had the most intense production values as any film in 1974. The period detail was exquisite and the ensemble cast was stellar, all put into perspective by the brilliant Sidney Lumet. 1974 saw "Godfather II" and "Chinatown", wonderful in their own right. Can't argue too much about comparisons, but the editing in "Orient" is a true work of art, shifting its time-frame constantly. The viewer always knows everything, but really knows nothing. Albert Finney is a terrific Hercule, and the whole ensemble cast was great! Ingrid Bergman won the Oscar for this, but I thought Rachel Roberts was the best of all. So VERY classy, and so very grisly... all done with… Read more