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  • The Chairman

    The Chairman

    ★★

    J Lee Thompson's seems to be on fertile ground in the midst of this adaptation of Jay Richard Kennedy's novel. Ben Maddow's script isn't bad but the basic nuts and bolts of the threat, (If you can call it that) the risks (suggesting a Nobel prize winner would risk his life? Not likely ) and the the thrill is more or less kind of a meager one. In the beginning, this spells out to be more Bond like than it…

  • No End in Sight

    No End in Sight

    ★★★★

    I jumped on watching this as it had the only actual footage of interviews with the one time U.S. Ambassador to Yemen, Barbara Bodine (1997-01) After seeing 'The Looming Tower' I was curious to know about what else she had to say afterwards. Along with the fact that she played a more pivotal role in the investigation of the bombing of the U.S.S. Cole. She was also appointed the 'Coordinator for central Iraq in charge of Baghdad' by the Office…

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  • Body and Soul

    Body and Soul

    Robert Rossen only made ten pictures in his entire career and this first one made John Garfield a star and gave Abraham Polonsky an Academy Award nominee for his script. William Conrad also chews up the screen as a boxing promoter who’s talked into taking on this local amateur boxing champ named Charley Davis who starts out as a straight-shooter but is easily convinced by the money and loses his way in his career as he finds his friends and…

  • Odds Against Tomorrow

    Odds Against Tomorrow

    Harry Belafonte selected Abraham Polonsky to write the script, which is based on a novel of the same name by William P. McGivern. Blacklisted in those years, Polonsky had to use a front and John O. Killens was credited. (Polonsky's screenwriting credit was restored in 1996 to his own name.)
    The plot revolves around David Burke (Ed Begley) who is a former policeman who was ruined when he refused to cooperate with state crime investigators. He has asked Earl Slater…