The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (1962)

Directed by Tony Richardson Colin Smith (Tom Courtenay) grows more rebellious after his father passes away, and an eventual robbery lands him in a juvenile detention center that doubles as an all-boys boarding school.  There he demonstrates an unmatched athletic ability that excites the adults who run the school and offers him special privilege over … Continue reading The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (1962)

Phenomenon (1996)

Directed by Jon Turtletaub There's a little It's a Wonderful Life in the small-town melodrama Phenomenon, starring a guy (John Travolta) who surely wouldn't have been offered the role were it not for the success of 1994's Pulp Fiction. Travolta plays an affable and affectionately dull mechanic named George Malley.  He's very, very much an everyman, purposefully so in … Continue reading Phenomenon (1996)