Welcome to the Michael Rizzo Chessman movie reviews website


This site is intended for the following purposes:

Consumer advocacy and critical reviews of major works in the areas of
Film, art and theatre. Content of interest includes discontinued or rare
footage and foreign film and domestic agenda items.

Site is intended to edify with the hope of a better secure outcome for our future
as a race (human) that has its best foot forward in this respect. (we
purchase mainly at regular discounts offered by the now bankrupt Columbia
House Canada DVD club, ebay, amazon for sure, local discount outlets) Along
with many , "out of prints"from whatever sources we are able to find, even through
downloads (usually free) on the net. Some of our best picks are to be found at the
kanopy.com website - perhaps the best place on the net to discover "free to
view" premium quality movies and documentaries from around the world.


Movie Reviews

  12 Angry men (Henry Fonda) based on the play

  12 Angry men (Russian version) based "loosely" on the American original

  A beautiful mind (2001) Russel Crowe

  A Clockwork orange (1971) - (Stanley Kubrick)

  A Dolls House (1973) Henrik Ibsen - (Norwegian rendition)

  A Dolls House (1973) Henrik Ibsen - (Anthony Hopkins rendition)

  A Dolls House (1973) Henrik Ibsen - (Jane Fonda rendition)

  A Dolls House (1973) Fassbinder (Director) - "Nora Helmer"  (German rendition)

  A Man for all Seasons (1966) Paul Scofield

  A passage to India (1984) (Mr. David Lean, Director)

  A Separation (Iran - 2011) ( Mr. Asghar Farhadi Director)

  A woman in Berlin (2008) Ms. Nina Hoss

  Absence of Malice (Mr Paul Newman, Ms Sally Field)

  Along for the ride (2000) with Ms. Melanie Griffith

  Breaker Morant (1980) Directed by Bruce Beresford

  Beau-père (1981) Bertrand Blier

  Being there (1979) Peter Sellers

  Carrington (1995) Ms. Emma Thompson 

  Changing Times  (2004) (Les temps qui changent)

  Children of Heaven (Iran 1997) Directed by Majid Majidi  

  Body Heat (1981) William Hurt, Kathleen Turner

  Das Boot (1981) Directed by Wolfgang Petersen

  Death of a Salesman (1985) Dustin Hoffman

  Deathtrap (1982) Michael Caine Ms. Dyan Cannon

  Dons Party Directed by Mr. Bruce Beresford 

  Evelyn (2002) Pierce Brosnan

  Far from Heaven (2002) Ms. Julianne Moore

  For my Father (Israel 2008) Ms. Hili Yalon - a kanopy.com "staff pick"

  Fiddler on the roof (1971) Norman Jewison

  Gallipoli (1981) Directed by Mr. Peter Weir

  Germany Pale Mother (1982)

  GlenGarry Glen Ross (1992) Al Pacino - Pullizter Prize winner!

  Good evening Ms. Wallenberg (1990) Sweden

  Grease (1978) Ms. Olivia Newton John  Mr. John Travolta

  Habemus Papam "We have a Pope" (2011) Ms. Margherita Buy

  Herzsprung (Germany 1992) - a kanopy.com "staff pick"

  Inherit the wind (1960) Spencer Tracy Donna Anderson

  Jerichow (2008) Germany!

  My dinner with Andre (1981)
  My father, my Lord (Israel 2007)

  Kavanagh QC (1995-2001) Television Series with Sir John Thaw

  Kadosh (Israel 1992) Directed by Amos Gitai

  Lawrence of Arabia (1962) Mr. Peter O'Toole

  La Cage aux folles (1978)  English subtitles

  Le Survenant (Written by Erik Canuel) 

  Le Passe (The Past) (2013 - French with subtitles) - another kanopy.com "staff pick" 
  La Stazione (The Station) Sergio Rubini Director  

  Life is beautiful (La vita e bella) (1997) Roberto Benigni

  Mary Poppins (1964) Ms. Julie Andrews Dick Van Dyke

  Mindenki (aka "Sing") Oscar winner from Hungary (2016 Short film - kanopy.com)

  Mother of Mine (Sweden/Finland) (2005) (a greatest staff pick at kanopy.com)

  Mississippi Burning (1988) Mr. Gene Hackman

  Murder on the Orient Express (2010 - Made for TV version)

  Of Gods and Men (2010) France

  One fine day (1996) Michelle Pfeiffer George Clooney

  Oxen (The Ox - Sweden, 1991 Sven Nykvist)

  Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen -1995) Ms. Jennifer Ehle - Colin Firth

  Reds (Directed by Warren Beatty, also with Diane Keaton)
  Rob Roy (1995) Ms. Jessica Lange
   Rope (1948) Alfred Hitchcock (Jimmy Stewart)

  Saturday Night Fever (1977) John Travolta Ms. Karen Lynn Gorney

  Scarface (1983) Mr. Al Pacino Ms. Michelle Pfeiffer

  Sense and sensibility (1995) Ms. Emma Thompson, Mr. Hugh Grant

  Sleuth (1973) Michael Caine Sir Lawrence Olivier

  Song for a Raggy Boy (Ireland Film Board) 

  Spielzeugland (Toyland) (Oscar winner from Germany) (2007 - kanopy.com pick)

  Tall Guy (1989) Emma Thompson, Jeff Goldblum

  The accidental tourist (1988) Mr. William Hurt, Ms. Kathleen Turner

  The Apple (Iran) Samira Makhmalbaf Director

  The Black book (2006) Holland (The Netherlands)

  The Black Windmill (1974) Michael Caine with Ms Delphine Seyrig

  The Day of the Jackal (1973) written by  Fredrick Forsyth

  The Dinner (I nostri ragazzi - Italy 2016) - another kanopy.com "staff pick" discovery

  The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989) Ms. Michelle Pfeiffer

  The Four feathers (2002)

  The Godfather Trilogy  Mr. Al Pacino Ms. Diane Keaton  

  The House of games (1987) Lindsay Crouse, Joe Mantegna

  The Insult (Arabic with subtitles) (2017) (Oscar Nominee for best foreign Picture)

  The Last days of Disco (1998) Chloe Sevigny Kate Beckinsale

  The Last King of Scotland (2006) Ms. Gillian Anderson

  The Long good friday (1979) Bob Hoskins, Helen Mirren

  The Planet of the apes (1968) 

  The Pianist (2002) Roman Polanski Director 

  The Red Violin (1998) (Greta Scacchi)  

  The Remains of the Day - Emma Thompson Anthony Hopkins 

  The Return of Martin Guerre (1982) Gerard Depardieu, Nathalie Baye

  The Russia House (1990) Michelle Pfeiffer Sean Connery

  The Sound of Music (1965) Julie Andrews

  The Sting (1973) Robert Redford, Paul Newman 

  The Untouchables (1987) Sean Connery Kevin Costner 

  The Verdict (1982) Mr. Paul Newman

  The White Massai (2005) Germany

  The White Ribbon (2009) Germany

  Tin Men (1987) Richard Dreyfuss, Danny DeVito

  Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)

  White Material (2009) Ms. Isabelle Huppert

  White Mischief (1988) Ms. Greta Scacchi, Charles Dance

  Witness for the prosecution (1957) Marlene Dietrich
  Victor Victoria (Ms. Julie Andrews, Robert Preston)  

  Wallander (Television Series 2005-2006) (Sweden)

  When a man loves a woman (Ms. Meg Ryan, Andy Garcia)  

Michael Rizzo Chessman

many many more movie listings to come - please stay tuned!