Tag Archives: Christopher Lloyd

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

This sequel took nine years to make and once again Robert Rodriguez collaborated closely with Frank Miller to create a nightmarish comic-book visual style – but neither critics nor audiences seemed to care. Just as episodic as the original, with Miller contributing two fresh stories, but several of the old characters return. Josh Brolin replaces … Continue reading Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

Going in Style

YOU’RE NEVER TOO OLD TO GET EVEN. After losing their pensions due to corporate restructuring, three New York City retirees (Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, Alan Arkin) are toying with the idea of robbing a bank. The original 1979 film had a bunch of older comedians in the leads; the remake cast more prominent Hollywood stars. … Continue reading Going in Style

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest: The Crazy Ones

IF HE’S CRAZY, WHAT DOES THAT MAKE YOU? Author Ken Kesey considered himself a link between beatniks and hippies, a critic of behaviorism and the conventional. His most famous novel, “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”, celebrated anti-authoritarianism and was made into a play the year after its publication, 1962. When the time came for … Continue reading One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest: The Crazy Ones

A Million Ways to Die in the West

BRING PROTECTION.  Arizona, 1882; sheep farmer Albert Stark (Seth MacFarlane) loses his girlfriend (Amanda Seyfried) due to a lack of ambition and courage, but a newcomer (Charlize Theron) in town tries to help him win her back. MacFarlane’s second directing effort reunites the same writers who made Ted (2012) so funny, but results this time … Continue reading A Million Ways to Die in the West

Butch Cassidy and Sundance Kid: Thick as Thieves

NOT THAT IT MATTERS, BUT MOST OF IT IS TRUE! In 1969, fledgling movie star Robert Redford bought land in Utah that had been used for skiing since 1944. There he created a year-round resort that he named Sundance, a place that would also become the home of the Sundance Film Festival, a January fixture … Continue reading Butch Cassidy and Sundance Kid: Thick as Thieves

Piranha

THERE’S SOMETHING IN THE WATER.  Not really a remake of the original Piranha (1978) as much as a cheap, humorous 3D thrillride that wants to evoke memories of Jaws (1975), complete with Elisabeth Shue as a very Brody-esque small-town sheriff and Richard Dreyfuss in a glorified cameo as “Matt”. Definitely not exciting (and unfortunately not … Continue reading Piranha

Goin’ South

SAVED FROM THE HANGMAN, FOR A FATE WORSE THAN DEATH! Henry Moon (Jack Nicholson), a bandit, is about to be hanged in a small town when Julia Tate (Mary Steenburgen), a spinster, takes advantage of an old law and decides to marry the criminal; she needs a worker for her mine. Nicholson’s second film as … Continue reading Goin’ South

Addams Family Values

THE FAMILY JUST GOT A LITTLE STRANGER. A nanny (Joan Cusack) is hired to look after the Addams’s newborn, but she has ulterior motives; her first step is to get rid of the other kids by sending them to a hellishly cheerful summer camp. The sequel is just as (perhaps even more) chock-full of hilarious one-liners; … Continue reading Addams Family Values

Back to the Future Part III

THEY’VE SAVED THE BEST TRIP FOR LAST… BUT THIS TIME THEY MAY HAVE GONE TOO FAR.   Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) is stuck in 1885 and will be murdered, Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) learns, unless he can travel back in time from 1955 and warn the good Doc. The final chapter in this time-traveling trilogy … Continue reading Back to the Future Part III

Back to the Future Part II

GETTING BACK WAS ONLY THE BEGINNING. Immediately upon returning from 1955, Marty and Doc Brown (Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd) go to 2015 in order to stop disastrous events from ruining the future for Marty’s family. Director Robert Zemeckis portrays the future in an artificial and silly way without the kind of love and credibility that … Continue reading Back to the Future Part II

Back to the Future: Party Like It’s 1955

17-YEAR-OLD MARTY MCFLY GOT HOME EARLY LAST NIGHT. 30 YEARS EARLY.   Robert Zemeckis’s highly entertaining movie Romancing the Stone (1984) obviously borrowed a lot from Steven Spielberg’s Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), although its hero wasn’t quite as noble as Harrison Ford. So I guess it was no big surprise to see Spielberg agreeing to executive-produce Zemeckis’s … Continue reading Back to the Future: Party Like It’s 1955

To Be or Not to Be

THAT IS THE MOVIE! Ernst Lubitsch’s 1942 film with the same title featured a Polish theater ensemble facing its biggest challenge when the Nazis take Warsaw. Some viewers may be surprised to find Mel Brooks involved in this remake, but it’s not really that far-fetched considering his previous efforts to neutralize evil by making fun … Continue reading To Be or Not to Be