Tag Archives: Brad Pitt

War Machine

WE’RE GOING TO LIBERATE THE SHIT OUT OF YOU.  After a successful tour in Iraq, four-star general Glen McMahon (Brad Pitt) is relocated to Afghanistan to help steer that war in the right direction. Former documentary filmmaker David Michôd adapted the book that chronicled General Stanley McChrystal’s time in Afghanistan (which ended in his dismissal), … Continue reading War Machine

Legends of the Fall

THE MEN OF THE LUDLOW FAMILY. A WOMAN’S GRACE BROUGHT THEM TOGETHER. THEN HER PASSION TORE THEM APART.  At the start of World War I, retired colonel William Ludlow’s (Anthony Hopkins) three sons all go against his wishes and join the Canadian Expeditionary Force to fight the Germans in Europe… A handsomely produced epic that … Continue reading Legends of the Fall

Allied

THE ENEMY IS LISTENING. In 1942, Canadian intelligence officer Max Vatan (Brad Pitt) poses as the husband of a French Resistance fighter (Marion Cotillard) who’s working undercover in Morocco. A refreshingly old-fashioned romantic thriller from a director who knows how to tell a good story, evoke seductive environs in Morocco and London but also dazzle … Continue reading Allied

Fight Club

MISCHIEF. MAYHEM. SOAP. A man (Edward Norton) who spends his nights going to cancer support groups has a chance meeting with a soap salesman (Brad Pitt), which results in a joint enterprise – fight clubs, where men work out their frustrations. Some people consider this movie, which became a cult classic, David Fincher’s finest. It … Continue reading Fight Club

Thelma & Louise: Women on the Run

SOMEBODY SAID GET A LIFE… SO THEY DID. Callie Khouri, who had written the screenplay for ”Thelma & Louise” in 1988, wasn’t entirely sure that Ridley Scott was the right person to make the movie. After all, this was a guy whose films to a large share were about men and had masculine themes. And … Continue reading Thelma & Louise: Women on the Run

The Big Short: Dark Days Lie Ahead

THIS IS A TRUE STORY. Brad Pitt must think Michael Lewis is a genius. Perhaps he is. Lewis is the financial journalist who wrote “Moneyball”, a book about a baseball manager who used statistics to win games, and “The Big Short”, about the housing bubble that sent the world into the Great Recession of 2008. … Continue reading The Big Short: Dark Days Lie Ahead

Fury

WAR NEVER ENDS QUIETLY. As U.S. forces make their final push into Germany in April 1945, tank commander Don “Wardaddy” Collier (Brad Pitt) and his veteran crew are saddled with a fresh-faced typist (Logan Lerman) as new bow gunner. After several brutal cop movies, David Ayer turned his attention to World War II and the … Continue reading Fury

12 Years a Slave: Land of the Unfree

THE EXTRAORDINARY TRUE STORY OF SOLOMON NORTHUP. The historian Sue Eakin was born in Louisiana five decades after the end of the Civil War and she specialized in the plantation culture of her home state. In the 1960s, she came across a book that had been largely forgotten. “Twelve Years a Slave” by Solomon Northup … Continue reading 12 Years a Slave: Land of the Unfree

The Greatest Hits of 2014

It’s time for that annual list of this year’s highly anticipated Hollywood films. Here’s 2014 for ya. JANUARY: * Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit – This reboot of Tom Clancy’s CIA analyst cum action hero has Chris Pine, Kevin Costner and Kenneth Branagh (who’s also directing), but the trailer disturbingly shows another variation on the Jason Bourne … Continue reading The Greatest Hits of 2014

The Counselor

At the same time as he asks the woman (Penélope Cruz) he loves to marry him, a counselor (Michael Fassbender) also gets involved in a drug deal with dire consequences. Cormac McCarthy’s first original screenplay combined with Ridley Scott’s considerable filmmaking skills should have been dynamite, especially considering No Country for Old Men (2007). What … Continue reading The Counselor

The Year of the Zombie

Remember how we used to love superheroes last year? We had the brilliant final chapter of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises, the surprisingly well-crafted Amazing Spider-Man and the ultimate gathering of all, The Avengers. 2013 looked promising, with the return of Iron Man in that franchise’s third chapter, and Superman in Zack Snyder’s heavily anticipated Man … Continue reading The Year of the Zombie