In January of 2005, I began a radio show called “Supper and the Silver Screen” with my longtime pal Ann Elder, on which we review new films and then suggest rentals of older movies that have something to do with the current ones, i.e. subject, stars, directors, etc. The most fun part is getting to see at least 104 new films every year—and often more than that!
In September that year, the show was slightly revamped and is now called “GREENLIGHT REVIEWS.” It’s currently carried in the Cleveland area on WELW (West-Eastlake-Willoughby), 1300 AM, where it can be heard every Thursday at 11 AM, 4 PM, and 11 PM.
We rate the new films like a traffic signal. A GREEN light means, “Go—don’t miss this one.” A YELLOW light means, “It depends on your mood and taste—so approach with caution.” And a RED light means, “Stop! Do not go out and see this lousy movie.”
Granted, these are our opinions. Even if you haven’t seen the film we’re reviewing—and possibly have no desire to, either—you still might enjoy hearing Ann and me firing our sometimes contrasting viewpoints at one another.
MEET THE HOSTS
I’ve seen more movies than I can count in my lifetime and in the past few years since becoming a critic. But I believe my real experience comes not only from my love of film, but also from my 24 years in Hollywood, where I worked as a writer and producer of films and television. Both Ann and I have been blessed with a freakish ability to have almost perfect recall about anything having to do with the movies. Just ask us who was nominated for best supporting actress from a little-known film—The Pope of Greenwich Village in 1984, for example—and we’ll be racing to see who can spit it out first. (Give up? It was Geraldine Page, an amazing actress.)
Ann Elder is a two-time Emmy winner for TV writing, and also made a name for herself in television production. In addition to replacing Goldie Hawn as the “ditsy, sexy blonde” on Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In, she has appeared in several films and TV shows. She can be witty and sweet, but watch out if she doesn’t like a film—she’ll cut it to pieces, and make no bones about telling me how wrong I am in my affection for it. We first met 35 years ago, when we were both toiling away in Hollywood, and reunited in 2005 to work on this project, finding we could dish the movies as if no time had passed at all.