Movies, Movies, and More Movies

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Pete is the host of Middle Class Film Class, movie reviewer and quick-witted fun and funny guest. He watches about 500 movies per year. He’s well-spoken, quick-witted which makes him a great guest, with a broad variety of topics he can chat about. But he’s most passionate about movies (and cars). He’s also willing to promote whatever show he’s on, heavily.

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The Valley of Decision (1945) Director, Tay Garnett, Screenplay, John Meehan and Sonya Levin, based on the novel by Marcia Davenport, Starring Greer Garson and Gregory Peck

Now, Voyager (1942) Director, Irving Rapper, Screenplay, Casey Robinson, based on the novel by Olive Higgins Prouty, Starring Bette Davis, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) Director, Milos Forman, Screenplay, Lawrence Hauben, Bo Goldman, based on the novel by Ken Kesey, Starring Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher, Danny DeVito, Will Sampson

Fight Club (1999) Director, David Fincher, Screenplay, Jim Uhls, based on the novel by Chuck Palahniuk, Starring, Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, Meat Loaf

Ratched (2020) TV series, Director, Ryan Murphy and 5 others, based on characters from Ken Kesey’s novel, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Writers, Ryan Murphy, Evan Romansky, Ian Brennan, Jennifer Salt, Starring, Sarah Paulson, Finn Wittrock, Cynthia Nixon, Judy Davis

The Queen’s Gambit (2020) TV series, Director, Scott Frank, Creators and writers, Scott Frank and Allan Scott, based on the novel by Walter Tevis, Starring, Anya Taylor -Joy, Chloe Pirrie, Bill Camp, Maricin Dorocinski

Cloud Atlas (2012) Directors and writers, Tom Tykwer, Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski, based on the novel by David Mitchell, Starring, Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Jim Sturgess, Bae Doona, Ben Whishaw

Ezra Miller, Actor, notable roles and movies: The Flash in the DC Universe, Fantastic Beasts all iterations, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, We Need to Talk About Kevin  

We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011) Director, Lynne Ramsay, Screenplay, Lynne Ramsay, Rory Stewart Kinnear, based on the novel by Lionel Shriver, Starring Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly, Ezra Miller

Johnny Depp, Actor, Producer, Director, notable movie roles, Captain Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean, Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, Edward Sissorhands

Mads Mikkelsen, Actor Additional Crew, Writer, notable movie roles, Le Chiffre in Casino Royal, Draco in Clash of the Titans (2010), Dr. Hannibal Lecter in Hannibal, Gelbert Grindalwald in Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore

Amber Heard, Actress, Producer, Additional Crew, notable movie roles, Mera in Zack Snyder’s Justice League and Aquaman, Ulla in The Danish Girl, Nadine Cross in The Stand

Ponette (1996), Director, Jacques Doillon, Screenplay, Jacques Doillion, Brune Compagnon, Starring, Victoire Thivisol, Delphine Schiltz, Matias Bureau Caton

Bend It Like Beckham (2002) Director, Grinder Chadha, Screenplay, Grinder Chadha, Guljit Bindra, Paul Mayeda Berges, Starring Parminder Nagra, Keira Knightley, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Anupam Kher

Casablanca (1942) Director, Michael Curtiz, Screenplay, Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein, Howard Koch, from a play by Murray Burnett and Joan Alison, Starring Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains

The Maltese Falcon (1941) Director, John Huston, Screenplay, John Huston based on the novel by Dashiell Hammett, Starring, Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Peter Lorre, Sydney Greenstreet

Some Like It Hot (1959) Director, Billy Wilder, Screenplay, Billy Wilder, I.A.L. Diamond, Starring, Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon

Akira Kurosawa (1910-1998) Japanese Writer, Director of great influence on world film makers, notable works, Tora, Tora, Tora, High and Low, Sanjuro, Throne of Blood, Rashomon

Yojimbo (1961) Director and Screenplay, Akira Kurosawa, Starring Tashirō Mifune, Eijirō Tôno, Tatsuya Nakadai

Seven Samurai (1954) Director, Akira Kurosawa, Screenplay, Akira Kurosawa, Shinobu Hashimoto, Hideo Oguni, Starring, Toshirō Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Keiko Tsushima, Yukkio Shimazaki

The Magnificent Seven (1960) Director, John Sturges, Screenplay, William Roberts based on Akira Kurosawa’s screenplay for Seven Samurai, Starring, Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, Eli Wallach

The Magnificent Seven (2016) Director, Antoine Fuqua, Screenplay, Nic Pizzolatto, Richard Wenk, based on Akira Kurosawa’s screenplay for Seven Samurai, Starring, Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio, Haley Bennett

Shogun (1980) TV mini-series, Director, Jerry London, Writers, Eric Bercovici, based on the novel by James Clavell, Starring, Richard Chamberlain, Toshirō Mifune, Yôko Shimada, Furankî Sakai

The Thomas Crown Affair, (1968) Director, Norman Jewison, Screenplay, Alan Trustman, Starring, Steve McQueen, Faye Dunaway, Paul Burke, Jack Weston

The Thomas Crown Affair, (1999) Director, John McTiernan, Screenplay, Leslie Dixon, Kurt Wimmer, based on the screenplay by Alan Trustman, Starring, Pierce Brosnan, Rene Russo, Denis Leary, Frankie Faison

Mildred Pierce (1945) Director, Michael Curtiz, Screenplay, Ranald MacDougall and eight others, based on the novel by James M. Cain, Starring, Joan Crawford, Jack Carson, Zachary Scott, Ann Blyth

Imitation of Life (1934) Director, John M. Stahl, Screenplay, William Hurlbut and nine others, based on the novel by Fannie Hurst, Starring, Claudette Colbert, Louise Beavers, Warren William, Rochelle Hudson

Imitation of Life (1959) Director, Douglas Sirk, Screenplay, Eleanore Griffin, Allan Scott, based on the novel by Fannie Hurst, Starring, Lana Turner, John Gavin, Juanita Moore, Sandra Dee, Susan Kohner

The French Connection (1971) Director, William Friedkin, Screenplay, Ernest Tidyman, based on the book by Robin Moore, Starring Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider, Fernando Rey, Tony Lo Bianco

Alien (1979) Director, Ridley Scott, Screenplay, Dan O’Bannon, story by Ronald Shusett, Starring, Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt, Veronica Cartwright

Jaws (1975) Director, Steven Spielberg, Screenplay, Carl Gotlieb, Robert Benchley based on his novel, Starring Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfus, Lorraine Gary

The Equalizer (2014) Director, Antoine Fuqua, Screenplay, Richard Wenk, based on the TV series created by, Michael Sloan and Richard Lindheim, Starring Denzel Washington, Marton Csokas, Chloë Grace Moretz, David Harbour

Robert Eggers, Production Designer, Director, Writer, Films, The Northman, The Lighthouse, The Witch 

Ari Aster, Director, Writer, Producer, Films, Beau Is Afraid, Midsommar, Hereditary, The Turtles Head

The Northman (2022) Director, Robert Eggers, Screenplay, Sjón, Robert Eggers, Starring, Alexander Skarsgård, Nicole Kidman, Claes Bang, Ethan Hawke, Anya Taylor-Joy

Hamlet, by William Shakespeare

The Witch (2015) Director and Screen Writer, Robert Eggers, Starring, Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie

The Lighthouse (2019) Director, Robert Eggers, Screenplay, Robert Eggers, Max Eggers, Starring, Robert Pattinson, Willem Defoe, Valerie Karaman

Manchester by the Sea (2016) Director and Writer, Kenneth Lonergan, Starring, Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler, Lucas Hedges

Onward (2020) Director, Dan Scanlon, Screenplay and original story, Dan Scanlon, Keith Bunin, Jason Headley, Starring, Tom Holland, Chris Pratt, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Octavia Spencer

Poirot TV series (1989 – 2013) Directors, Edward Bennett, and 26 others, Screenplays by Guy Andrews and 22 others, Starring, David Suchet, Hugh Fraser, Philip Jackson, Pauline Moran

Big Fish (2003) Director, Tim Burton, Screenplay, John August, based on the novel Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions by Daniel Wallace, Starring, Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney, Billy Crudup, Jessica Lang, Helena Bonham Carter, Alison Lohman

Harry Potter series of seven books by J.K. Rowling, and eight movies, various directors and screen writers, Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, and a host of other famous actors.

The Hunger Games (2012) Director, Gary Ross, Screenplay, Gary Ross, Suzanne Collins, (based on her novel), Billy Ray, Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Stanley Tucci

Heavy Trip (2018) Director, Juuso Laatio, and Jukka Vidgren, Screenplay, Juuso Laatio, Aleksi Puranen, Jari Olavi Rantala, Jukka Vidgren, Starring, Johannes Holopainen, Samuli Jaskio, Antti Tuomas Heikkinen

Space Jam (1996) DirectorJoe Pytka, Written by, Leo Benvenuti, Steve Rudnick, Timothy Harris, Herschel Weingrod, Starring, Michael Jordan, Wayne Knight, Theresa Randle

The Goonies (1985) Director, Richard Donner, Screenplay, Chris Columbus, Steven Spielberg, Starring, Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Jeff Cohen, Corey Feldman

The Sandlot (1993) Director, David Mickey Evans, Screenplay, David Mickey Evans, Robert Gunter, Starring, Tom Guiry, Mike Vitar, Art LaFleur, Patrick Renna

Crossfire (1947) Director, Edward Dmytryk, Screenplay, John Paxton, from the novel by Richard Brooks, Starring, Robert Young, Robert Mitchum, Robert Ryan, Gloria Grahame

Paths of Glory (1957) Director, Stanley Kubrick, Screenplay, Stanley Kubrick, Calder Willingham, Jim Thompson, based on the novel by Humphrey Cobb, Starring, Kirk Douglas, Ralph Meeker, Adophe Menjou, George Maccready

Days of Glory (1944) Director Jacques Tourneur, Screenplay, Casey Robinson, original story by Melchior Lengyel, Starring, Gregory Peck, Tamara Toumanova, Alan Reed, Maria Palmer

Whiplash (2014) Director and Writer, Damien Chazelle, Starring, Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons, Melissa Benoit, Paul Reiser

Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021) Director, Jon Watts, Screenplay, Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers, based on the Marvel comic book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditto, Starring, Tom Holland, Zendaya, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jacob Batalon

La La Land (2018) Director, Writer, Damien Chazelle, Starring, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Rosemarie DeWitt, J.K. Simmons

The Kid Detective (2020) Director, Writer, Evan Morgan, Starring, Adam Brody, Kaitlyn Chalmers-Rizzato, Kaleb Horn, Wendy Crewson

Home Before Dark TV series (2020 – 2021) Directors, Kat Candler and 10 others, Created by Dana Fox, Dara Resnik, Written by, Thembi Banks, Chloé Durkin and 11 others, Inspired by the reporting of Hilde Lysiak, investigative journalist, Starring, Jim Sturgess, Brooklynn Prince, Abby Miller, Kylie Rogers

Death on the Nile (2022) Director, Kenneth Branagh, Screenplay, Michael Green, based on the novel by Agatha Christie, Starring Kenneth Branagh, Gal Gadgot, Armie Hammer, Letitia Wright, Sophie Okonedo, Annette Bening

Murder on the Orient Express (2017) Director, Kenneth Branagh, Screenplay, Michael Green, based on the novel by Agatha Christie, Starring Kenneth Branagh, Penélope Cruz, Willem Defoe, Judi Dench, Daisy Ridley, Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer

Knives Out (2019) Director and Writer, Ryan Johnson, Starring, Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon, Don Johnson, Toni Collette

Clue (1985) Director, Jonathan Lynn, story John Landis, Screenplay, Jonathan Lynn, board game creator, Anthony E. Pratt, Starring, Eileen Brennan, Tim Curry, Madeline Kahn, Christopher Lloyd, 

Road House (1989) Director, Rowdy Herrington, Screenplay, R. Lance Hill, Hilary Henkin, Starring, Patrick Swayze, Kelly Lynch, Sam Elliott, Ben Gazzara

Splash (1984) Director, Ron Howard, Screenplay, Bruce Jay Friedman, Lowell Ganz, Babaloo Mendel, based on a story by Brian Grazer, Starring, Tom Hanks, Daryl Hannah, Eugene Levy, John Candy


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I grew up in the West, the descendant of people traveling by wagon train to a new life. Some of their determination and wanderlust became a part of me. I imagine them sitting around the campfire telling stories, which is why I became first a theatre artist, then a teacher and now a writer. They are all ways of telling stories.

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