Tag Archives: Carrie Fisher

Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds

A DIFFERENT KIND OF HOLLYWOOD LOVE STORY.  Opening six months before the deaths of Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, who passed away one day apart, this documentary examines a close mother-daughter relationship in the twilight of their years after a lifetime of turmoil, including divorces, health issues, addiction and hostility. This being Hollywood, everything played … Continue reading Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds

The Greatest Hits of 2017

It’s time for that annual list of next year’s highly anticipated Hollywood films. Here’s 2017 for ya. As always, premiere dates may change. JANUARY: * The Comedian – Robert De Niro gets a chance to redeem himself after appearing in far too many bad comedies. Directed by Taylor Hackford; Danny DeVito has a supporting part. * Split – … … Continue reading The Greatest Hits of 2017

Debbie Reynolds, 1932-2016

Only one day after the death of her daughter Carrie Fisher, Hollywood legend Debbie Reynolds passed away, 84 years old. Such heartbreaking news for the remaining members of their family, and for all of us. Some news reports refer to Reynolds as “Carrie Fisher’s mother”, but she deserves fame in her own right. In the … Continue reading Debbie Reynolds, 1932-2016

Carrie Fisher: Princess Leia, Author, Feminist Icon and Dog Lover

2016 just refuses to end on a high note. This has been a year where an unusual high amount of superstars have passed away well before their time, especially in the field of music. We barely had time to digest George Michael’s passing a few days ago when we learned today that Carrie Fisher didn’t … Continue reading Carrie Fisher: Princess Leia, Author, Feminist Icon and Dog Lover

Hannah and Her Sisters: Saved by the Marx Bros

There’s every reason for Mia Farrow not to enjoy watching this movie. Some of it was shot in her actual apartment, and she has talked about the creepy effect of sitting in one’s apartment flipping through channels and finding a movie that takes place exactly where you’re sitting. Then there’s also the fact that her … Continue reading Hannah and Her Sisters: Saved by the Marx Bros

The Force Awakens: Saving Another Franchise

EVERY GENERATION HAS A STORY. There are some people out there who call themselves fans of Star Wars but still prefer to pretend like the trilogy of prequels that George Lucas created in 1999-2005 never happened, even though they were as excited about them before the premiere as they are now when the saga continues … Continue reading The Force Awakens: Saving Another Franchise

Highlights of Comic-Con 2015

This year’s Comic-Con in San Diego ended last Sunday. Time to sum up what we enjoyed the most: The Star Wars panel – We get J.J. Abrams explaining his vision for the new movie, and Lawrence Kasdan as a connection to the original trilogy. We get real examples of newly designed creatures. And we get a Carrie Fisher-Mark … Continue reading Highlights of Comic-Con 2015

Star Wars Teasers – Now and Then

“There’s been an awakening… have you felt it?” After an amazing build-up today that felt like the entire Internet was standing still in anticipation of the first teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, we finally got to see what all the fuss was about… and it was beautiful to behold. Just listening to the … Continue reading Star Wars Teasers – Now and Then

Mike Nichols: A True Champ

In the world of sports, they often talk about athletes in terms of what kind of medals and contests they’ve won. Mike Nichols has been described as one of few people in Hollywood to win an Oscar (for The Graduate (1967)), a Grammy (for a comedy album), a BAFTA, a Golden Globe, a Tony and an Emmy. … Continue reading Mike Nichols: A True Champ

Maps to the Stars

A deeply cynical, satirical look at Hollywood as we follow a fortysomething movie star (Julianne Moore) who’s desperate for a comeback; a bratty teen star (Evan Bird); and a peculiar young woman (Mia Wasikowska) with burnt arms who may or may not be looking for revenge. The cast is the whole show here, with Moore … Continue reading Maps to the Stars

When Harry Met Sally: It Had to Be You

CAN TWO FRIENDS SLEEP TOGETHER AND STILL LOVE EACH OTHER IN THE MORNING? Rob Reiner’s first idea for a film was rejected by Nora Ephron. They had just had a lunch meeting in New York City together with producer Andrew Scheinman. The purpose was to come up with a project, but it didn’t result in … Continue reading When Harry Met Sally: It Had to Be You

Fanboys

NEVER TELL THEM THE ODDS.  In 1998, Star Wars nerd Linus (Christopher Marquette) learns that he has only months left to live and decides, together with his friends, to break into George Lucas’s ranch and steal a print of the upcoming Episode I. This movie has a somewhat troubled history, and was generally panned by … Continue reading Fanboys

Shampoo

YOUR HAIRDRESSER DOES IT BETTER… On the eve of Richard Nixon’s election to the U.S. presidency in 1968, Beverly Hills hairdresser George Roundy (Warren Beatty) is juggling several beautiful women. A commercially successful but ultimately rather empty film that was made the year after Nixon’s resignation and looks back on a breaking point between the … Continue reading Shampoo