The Jayne Mansfield Story (1980)

Biopic Theater returns to its roots this week with the 1980 made-for-television exploration into the life of Jayne Mansfield.  We also see a return to the leading lady we started this series with: Loni Anderson.  As I mentioned in my original review of White Hot: The Thelma Todd Story, Anderson isn’t a terrible actress; she’s…

Hitchcock (2012)

Last year kicked off a wave of Hollywood biopics that don’t look to abate into 2013.  Hitchcock was one of two films about the legendary director that arrived in 2012.  I reviewed HBO’s television movie, The Girl, which detailed Hitch’s relationship with Tippi Hedren when it aired and found it shed little context for the…

The Mystery of Natalie Wood (2004)

It seems I’ve unintentionally fallen into getting these out every other week, and I hope that changes soon.  Either way, this week’s biopic is one I’ve been excited to review.  The Mystery of Natalie Wood is a misnomer because there’s never any mystery to be solved.  Is it a mystery about her death (which has…

RKO 281 (1999)

  I dove into the HBO series of biopics with The Life and Death of Peter Sellers a few weeks ago.  I applaud HBO for having consistently high quality in the scripts, locations, and acting choices that I saw first in the Peter Sellers story, and that I saw in this week’s film, RKO 281.…