Tag Archives: Brian Cox

Adaptation: The Truth About Charlie

FROM THE CREATOR OF BEING JOHN MALKOVICH, COMES THE STORY ABOUT THE CREATOR OF BEING JOHN MALKOVICH.  In 1994, Jonathan Demme bought the rights to journalist Susan Orlean’s book ”The Orchid Thief”, where she investigated the arrest of John Laroche who was dealing illegally in rare plants. Neither she nor Demme could have predicted what … Continue reading Adaptation: The Truth About Charlie

Pixels

GAME ON. In 1982, a time capsule containing among other things arcade games, is launched into space; three decades later, aliens use those games to attack Earth… The filmmakers expanded a 2010 short film for this comedy that looks like it wants to be a new Ghost Busters (1984), as it assembles a motley team … Continue reading Pixels

Braveheart: Not a History Lesson

THE COURAGE TO FACE FEAR.   As the story goes, American writer Randall Wallace made a trip to Scotland and came upon a statue at the entrance of Edinburgh Castle. Since the statue bore the name of Wallace, the writer was intrigued. This was not a relative, but William Wallace, the great Scottish war hero. … Continue reading Braveheart: Not a History Lesson

Actors Fighting for Scotland

On September 18th, Scotland will hold a referendum on whether it should be an independent country. Obviously, this has been an issue that has never quite died even though Scotland has been a part of the United Kingdom since the 1700s. The referendum has been approved by the British government, which is hoping for a … Continue reading Actors Fighting for Scotland

her: Living In a Box

  Anyone who’s ever tried to meet someone online, especially if that someone doesn’t live close to you, recognizes the feeling. It’s as if the conversations and flirting isn’t entirely real; you’re talking with someone, getting to know one another, but it’s still just words exchanged, words that may be laden with romance… but you … Continue reading her: Living In a Box

Red 2

THE BEST NEVER REST. Just as he’s settling down with Sarah (Mary-Louise Parker), Frank Moses (Bruce Willis) once again finds himself in danger; soon, they’re both joining old friends in the search for a mysterious Cold War-era weapon. This sequel to Red (2010) pales a bit in comparison and begins to resemble an Expendables movie, … Continue reading Red 2

Red

THERE’S NO SUBSTITUTE FOR EXPERIENCE.  Former CIA agent Frank Moses (Bruce Willis) is targeted by a team of killers, but escapes; he subsequently gathers old pros and goes after those responsible for the attack. This adaptation of a graphic novel may lack the kind of visual flair that most have, and it also has a … Continue reading Red

The Campaign

MAY THE BEST LOSER WIN. Four-term North Carolina Congressman Cam Brady (Will Ferrell) usually stands unopposed, but this time he’s challenged by a Republican newcomer, the meek-looking Marty Huggins (Zach Galifianakis). The same year as Jay Roach chronicled Sarah Palin’s path to the GOP vice-presidential nomination in Game Change, he also poked fun at political … Continue reading The Campaign

The Long Kiss Goodnight

Eight years ago she lost her memory. Now, a detective must help her remember the past before it buries them both. What’s forgotten is not always gone.   After having been found eight years ago, amnesia-stricken and badly injured, Samantha (Geena Davis) has become a beloved wife, mother and teacher in a small Pennsylvania town; … Continue reading The Long Kiss Goodnight

Coriolanus

Nature teaches beasts to know their friends. As food riots shake Rome, the fiercely independent Caius Martius (Ralph Fiennes) squares off with the Volscian army and its leader (Gerard Butler); after being hailed as a hero, Martius is soon betrayed. The first feature film adaptation of Shakespeare’s tragedy is also Fiennes’s directing debut. His passion as … Continue reading Coriolanus

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

EVOLUTION BECOMES REVOLUTION.   In the near future, San Francisco scientist Will Rodman (James Franco) has invented a drug that is supposed to cure Alzheimer’s… but its most dramatic effect is on apes in experiments that leave them significantly smarter. This reboot of the Planet of the Apes franchise shares ideas with Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972), … Continue reading Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Zodiac: Killer, Liar, Enigma

THERE’S MORE THAN ONE WAY TO LOSE YOUR LIFE TO A KILLER. When David Fincher grew up in California, the killer known as the Zodiac was very real. Decades later when Fincher read James Vanderbilt’s screenplay he realized that he had been given the opportunity to make a film in the vein of All the President’s … Continue reading Zodiac: Killer, Liar, Enigma