Archives for the ‘Writings’ Category

Cannon’s History in Israeli Magazine

By • May 19th, 2009 • Category: Writings

I recently wrote an extensive article discussing the history of Cannon films and their legacy for the magazine of the Tel-Aviv Cinematheque. It is a special in tribute to Menahem Golan on his 80th birthday. If you are in Israel and happen to pass by the Cinematheque, pick up a copy. I hope to post […]

Top 11 DVD’s of 2008

By • Feb 12th, 2009 • Category: Writings

My choices for the top 11 DVD’s of 2008 are included in the new year roundup at Films In Review. Check out my thoughts of White Dog, Make Way for Tomorrow, Mandingo, Redacted, The Furies, Death Proof and more… In the BEST OF 2008 CHOICES FROM FIR’S WRITERS.

New Review: Warners Romance Collection

By • Jan 29th, 2009 • Category: Writings

My review of the new DVD box-set, The Warner Bros. Romance Classics Collection, is up at Films In Review. “American critics have never taken Delmer Daves seriously, and the way things look, they probably never will,” wrote Jean-Pierre Coursodon in 1983. Daves is somewhat forgotten, although as a director, writer and producer his film output […]

New Article: “Films in the Atomic Age”

By • Jan 1st, 2009 • Category: Writings

My new article, “When the World Ended: Films in the Atomic Age”, is now up at Films In Review. It is a survey of films and themes in independent cinema during the height of the Cold War: In 1942, Time Magazine announced that death rays “missed the bus for World War II,” and promised, “If […]

New Review: “Mickey Mouse Club Presents: Annete”

By • Dec 21st, 2008 • Category: Writings

A mini-review I wrote for Film In Review’s Christmas Column is now up. If a person can authentically and realistically posses the Disney magic, it is Annette Funicello. There isn’t a shred of negativity throughout her career, and always with the most sincere intentions. From the Mickey Mouse Club through her roles in Disney movies […]

‘Gran Torino’ Review

By • Dec 17th, 2008 • Category: Writings

My review of Clint Eastwood’s GRAN TORINO is now up at Films in Review: The last of the square-jawed heroes, Clint Eastwood is an enigma. He projects raw energy and pure force, not unlike that of Elvis or James Dean, and can give Lee Marvin and Steve McQueen a run for their money in the […]

Menahem Golan Interview

By • Aug 20th, 2008 • Category: Writings

An interview I conducted with Menahem Golan was posted at Films In Review today. A conversation about independent cinema, Cannon, Roger Corman, Chuck Norris, John Cassavetes, Godard and more… INTERVIEW: MENAHEM GOLAN Menahem Golan is approaching his 80th year and showing no sign of stopping. His latest film came out in July, he is trying […]


By • Aug 5th, 2008 • Category: Writings

My new article was just posted at Films In Review. HOW TO STUFF A LEMON POPSICLE LEMON POPSICLE @ 30: Celebrating the legacy of the Israeli film series that took over Germany, Japan and was remade in America. “I was 17 and she was only 16. We laid on the beach and listened to Elvis. […]

New Article in “Ma’aravon” Magazine

By • Mar 7th, 2008 • Category: Updates, Writings

A new article I wrote about Russ Meyer has just been published in “Ma’aravon”, Israel’s leading cinema magazine. A list of stores which keep it appears at Maayan Website (Hebrew).

A Violent Professional

By • Mar 2nd, 2008 • Category: Updates, Writings

My review of the book “A Violent Professional: The Films of Luciano Rossi” is now up at Films In Review. Read it here