James Rocchi Biography

Retro Rental: Backpedaling From 'Premium Rush' With 'Brick' and 'The Missing Person'

by James Rocchi August 23, 2012 @ 7:36 AM
Bergman Lustig Productions/Columbia Pictures/The 7th Floor
When actors step up to the roles that make them big-time, it falls to long-term fans to inform all those come-lately types that, yes, long before they had mega-million paydays and films with even bigger budgets, the stars you love seeing splashed across the screen 60-feet high in your multiplex were in -- and good in -- great films before that.

New to DVD and Blu-ray: 'The Hunger Games,' the Ultimate Shark Week Movie and More

by James Rocchi August 13, 2012 @ 2:09 PM
New on DVD, Blu-Ray and streaming this week, it just might be the home-viewing week of the year, as classics and new favorites arrive at your doorstep with 'The Hunger Games,' 'Jaws,' 'Kill List' and 'The Raid: Redemption' all arrive ...

Retro Rental: Relive Bob Hoskins' Greatest Moments With 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit'

by James Rocchi August 9, 2012 @ 3:30 PM
The release of 'Jaws' to Blu-ray already had me thinking about the past, and then news came that Bob Hoskins had announced both the sad fact of his Parkinson's Disease and his retirement. This is a private tragedy to those who knew him, of course, but certainly, even in a minor key, a moment of note for anyone who loved good film acting.

Retro Rental: Need a Laugh? We Prescribe 'What's Up, Doc?'

by James Rocchi July 26, 2012 @ 12:08 PM
Warner Bros.
I'm lucky. I'm lucky I get to write this, and I'm lucky you chose to read it. You like movies, and these have been a rough couple days for anyone who likes movies, because it's been a rough couple days for everyone. Last week, I filed a column about how 'The Dark Knight Rises,' with its big action and urban politics, wouldn't make a bad double bill with 'The Battle of Algiers.' And waking up Friday to the news, I didn't much care about that article or any article about Batman. I doubt you did either.