Richard J. Leskosky

Richard J. Leskosky

Richard J. Leskosky | Going for the Grant look

Suave, funny, sophisticated Cary Grant glided through thrillers, comedies and action films with equal aplomb — one of the greatest movie stars of all time.

But though he appeared on television only for awards shows or interviews, he nonetheless had an impact on some early television series because of a director's fascination with his screen image.

Richard J. Leskosky | Amazon Prime Video offers some dramas worth revisiting

Recently, I wrote about several British police dramas currently streaming on Netflix and Amazon Prime, all from the last two decades. But Amazon Prime also streams some intriguing crime dramas from the 1950s with some offbeat film connections. Two of the most interesting — "Peter Gunn" and "Mr.

Richard J. Leskosky | 'Mockingbird's' enduring story coming to Virginia

Childhood memories of a 1930s southern town, racial bigotry and a noble father come to life in Universal's film adaptation of Harper Lee's 1960 best-seller, "To Kill a Mockingbird," the next installment in The News-Gazette Film Series at the Virginia Theatre in downtown Champaign, screening at 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $6.

Richard J. Leskosky | 'Long, Long Trailer' a fascinating look at life in the '50s

Sometimes a honeymoon can be no honeymoon. At least that's what Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz discover in the 1954 comedy "The Long, Long Trailer," which the News-Gazette Film Series will present at 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday at the Virginia Theatre in downtown Champaign. Tickets are $6.

Richard J. Leskosky | 'African Queen' overcame a jungle of obstacles

You would think that if you were going to shoot a film on location in a remote, dangerous region, the first thing you'd want to have with you — besides a medical kit — would be a finished script. That did not happen when John Huston went to Africa in 1951 to shoot "The African Queen."

Richard J. Leskosky | 'Bringing Up Baby' proved to be a challenging project

If you tried compiling a list of the most memorable and respected titles in different Hollywood genres, a director whose name you would keep encountering is director Howard Hawks.

Richard J Leskosky | A trailblazer behind and in front of the camera

This year marks the centenary for Ida Lupino, the actress whom I cited in my previous column as the second woman to become a member of the Directors Guild. But Lupino could claim even more titles than those — including composer, screenwriter and producer.

Richard J. Leskosky | Female directors have faced hurdles

The organizers of the recent Ebertfest made a conscious effort to highlight women filmmakers in this year's film line-up. Of the 12 films screened, women directed or co-directed six and produced two others.

That percentage of women directors far exceeds the percentage of women in the Directors Guild of America.

Richard J. Leskosky | Facts often sketchy in 'My Darling Clementine'

What's in a name? Or a title? Does the title "My Darling Clementine" tell you the film is a great Western, let alone that it deals with one of the most iconic conflicts in the myth and history of the American West — the gunfight at the O.K. Corral? That's only the first of many complexities to explore when The News-Gazette Film Series screens John Ford's 1946 masterpiece at 1 and 7 p.m.

Richard J. Leskosky | Serious steps on display at Virginia Theatre

About 90 years ago, Hollywood was going through a major upheaval as it tried to adapt to the new technology and aesthetics of the sound film.