Leonard Maltin

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2014

    Revisiting Purple Rain's Original Reviews

    Should you see Purple Rain? Yes. The answer is yes. Of course, that's the perspective from someone living in a world that has already been influenced by three decades of Purple Rain's greatness. It's a film recognized by all non-jive turkeys as an absolutely beautiful marriage between modern music a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2013

    Will This Gatsby Break The Curse?

    F. Scott Fitzgerald's jazz-age-set novel The Great Gatbsy has long been considered pretty unfilmable, despite it's having been filmed again and again. The story of a war vet peeking into the lavish life of the title rich man and finding parties, costumes, and lunacy, just might be better on the writ ... More >>

  • Film

    March 6, 2013
  • Blogs

    January 25, 2013

    Inside Robert Blake's Dark Mind

    I'm reading a book about director Hal Ashby (Harold and Maude, Coming Home), who in 1979 did a movie called The Hamster of Happiness, which came out two years later as Second-Hand Hearts. By any name, it was deemed an atrocity and an insult to hamsters everywhere. Leonard Maltin's review: "Robert B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2013

    James Franco Reimagines The Controversial Gay Movie Cruising

    Here's Leonard Maltin's description of the 1980 William Friedkin film Cruising, starring Al Pacino. "Cop Pacino goes underground to ferret out bloody killer of homosexuals in this distasteful, badly scripted film. Gay world presented as sick, degrading, and ritualistic. Filmed on authentic N.Y.C. l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2012

    Movie Stars Playing Movie Stars: A Marvy Montage

    No one plays a legendary movie star like another movie star--I mean, they really know how it's done, or at least they're willing to trot out their best mannerisms and try. Here are some of the most memorable examples (some because they're brilliant, others because they're glittery trash) of filmla ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2011

    The 10 Best Sci-Fi Flicks Of All Time

    ​ The ironically named has actually broken things down for us and named the top 50 sci-fi films of all time, of which I'll serve you the top 10. Phone home, get your own list, and report it back to me. Here's theirs: 10. Metropolis (1927) So stylishly futuristic it even inspi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2011

    Elizabeth Taylor, RIP (Photos Inside)

    ​I thought it would never happen. I wrote several times that if it did happen, it would mean the end to old-time Hollywood glamour as we know it. Elizabeth Taylor has died at 79. A great movie star and a fabulous personality, Liz had radioactive charisma centered by those violet eyes which, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2009

    David Carradine Cross Dressing Nugget

    If David Carradine really died in drag, as the New York Post reported, it wasn't the first time. In full cross-dress regalia, he played Pearl, a co-kidnapper of a screaming baby, in the obscure 1989 film Sonny Boy. Leonard Maltin describes the movie as a "repulsive, socially unredeemable waste of ... More >>

  • Books

    August 22, 2006

    Double Jeopardy

    Quiz show: Two books reveal the pleasures and perils of trivial pursuits

  • Film

    January 20, 2004
  • Long Island Voice

    October 26, 1999