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Dick Tracy: Tunes, Toons and Goons

“Everywhere I look, it’s Tracy, Tracy, Tracy!” So slammed Al Pacino’s gangster Big Boy Caprice in 1990’s Dick Tracy. But why is it not remembered as fondly as its comic book / toontastic predecessors, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and Batman? Could it be the age old truism of style over substance? Dick Tracy as a […]

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Shanghai Surprise: The Movie That Hobbled Handmade Films

For some reason, after a run of fairly succesful, low budget projects, Handmade Films decided in 1986 that they wanted a screwball comedy with some star wattage. What they got was a god-awful mess that blew up in their faces, and nearly scuppered them; Shanghai Surprise, a vanity project for Madonna and her then husband, the […]

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