John Wayne

Born: May 26, 1907 in Winterset, IA Died: June 11, 1979 in Los Angeles, CA Notable Works: Stagecoach (1939) Red River (1948) The Quiet Man (1952) Academy Award Nominations: 1950 Best Actor for Sands of Iwo Jima 1961 Best Picture for The Alamo 1970 Best Actor for True Grit Personal Favorite: The Searchers (1956) 176 films….

James Stewart

Born: May 20, 1908 in Indiana, PA Died: July 2, 1997 in Beverly Hills, CA Notable Works: Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) Rear Window (1954) Academy Award Nominations: 1940 Best Actor for Mr. Smith Goes to Washington 1941 Best Actor for The Philadelphia Story (won) 1947 Best Actor for…

Ranking Star Trek

Thanks to JJ Abrams, Star Trek is back on track and relevant again. Unfortunately, it’s starting to look like Justin Lin will undo all that progress with the upcoming Star Trek Beyond, but I guess we’ll see soon. Anyway, in honor of the 50th anniversary of Star Trek, I thought I’d take some time to…

Dennis Hopper

Born: May 17, 1936 in Dodge City, KS Died: May 27, 2010 in Los Angeles, CA Notable Works: Easy Rider (1969) Blue Velvet (1986) Speed (1994) Academy Award Nominations: 1970 Best Original Screenplay for Easy Rider 1987 Best Supporting Actor for Hoosiers Personal Favorite: Red Rock West (1993) Hopper began his long career by playing small roles in…

Harvey Keitel

Born: May 13, 1939 in Brooklyn, NY Notable Works: Mean Streets (1973) Bad Lieutenant (1992) Pulp Fiction (1994) Academy Award Nominations: 1991 Best Supporting Actor for Bugsy Personal Favorite: Reservoir Dogs (1992) Harvey Keitel is one of the most respected and accomplished actors of the past 50 years. Before Martin Scorsese’s lengthy partnership with Robert De Niro,…

Orson Welles

Born: May 6, 1915 in Kenosha, WI Died: October 10, 1985 in Los Angeles, CA Notable Works:  Citizen Kane (1941) The Magnificent Ambersons (1943) Touch of Evil (1958) Academy Award Nominations: 1942 Best Actor for Citizen Kane 1942 Best Director for Citizen Kane 1942 Best Original Screenplay for Citizen Kane (won) 1971 Honorary Award (won) Personal Favorite: The…

Hail, Caesar! (2016)

A Little Background: Directors Joel & Ethan Coen just can’t make bad films. Hail, Caesar! marks their seventeenth full feature, dating back to 1984, when they debuted the neo-noir thriller Blood Simple. Of course, every director has their head-scratchers, but even The Ladykillers and The Hudsucker Proxy have their moments of charm and brilliance. With this…

Wes Anderson

Born: May 1, 1969 in Houston, TX Notable Works: The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) Academy Award Nominations: 2002 Best Original Screenplay for The Royal Tenenbaums 2010 Best Animated Picture for Fantastic Mr. Fox 2013 Best Original Screenplay for Moonrise Kingdom 2015 Best Picture for The Grand Budapest…