I love St. Patrick's Day. It's so inclusive. By that I mean that though it's a bona fide religious holiday, you don't need to be particularly pious to enjoy it. Wishing everyone a safe and (reasonably) responsible holiday, I present my own candidates for the top drinking movies of all time.
It's never easy to make a movie, much less one not geared toward the masses. Here's a rundown of new movies, documentaries, TV shows and classics getting a reissue, including one of my all-time favorite romantic dramas on BluRay.
In anticipation of 12/21/12, this past year saw a return of the doomsday film. Melancholia was an okay end-of-the-world movie, but for this fan, it was not a very good Lars Von Trier film. Perhaps a third viewing is in order.
I now write about our American wars without ever having visited a war zone. There, in the '50s and early '60s, I advanced with the marines and the Russians, bombed Tokyo but also experienced (however briefly) Hiroshima after it was atomized.
As far as errors involving the life of serial killer John Wayne Gacy go, I've encountered some that were much more amusing than the one that is said to have been made by 2012 presidential aspirant Michele Bachmann in Waterloo, Iowa.
Marion Michael Morrison set the standard for the tall (6'4"), strong, silent type. The lowly paid actor rose to stardom when he was cast as the Ringo Kid in John Ford's classic western. From there, he never looked back.
"The last of Hollywood's golden era" is the way so many broadcast and cable obituaries described the legendary Elizabeth Taylor. But alas, there are at least five stars from that era who are probably saying to themselves," What am I, chopped liver?"