Tag Archives: David Morse

Concussion

EVEN LEGENDS NEED A HERO. In 2002, a Nigerian-American doctor (Will Smith) in Pennsylvania begins looking into the deaths of several former NFL players and discovers a pattern of brain injuries. A drama that wants to be a new The Insider (1999), this time with the NFL, not tobacco companies, as villains. This reality-based film … Continue reading Concussion

The Rock

ALCATRAZ. ONLY ONE MAN HAS EVER BROKEN OUT. NOW FIVE MILLION LIVES DEPEND ON TWO MEN BREAKING IN.  When a group of rogue Marines threatens to attack San Francisco from Alcatraz with chemical weapons, the FBI puts the only man who ever broke out of the prison and survived in charge of a Navy SEAL … Continue reading The Rock

Dancer in the Dark

YOU DON’T NEED EYES TO SEE.  In 1964, Czech immigrant Selma Ježková (Björk), who’s nearly blind, is working in the U.S. to save money for her son’s eye surgery, but eventually ends up on death row. Lars von Trier’s musical, made in Sweden, set in the U.S. and starring Icelandic singer Björk, polarized audiences and … Continue reading Dancer in the Dark

Washington’s Presidency on TV

I recently finished reading “Washington’s Circle: The Creation of the President”, an engrossing chronicle of George Washington’s two terms as the first president of the United States. Written by David S. Heidler and Jeanne T. Heidler, the book follows not only Washington but those who mattered the most to him as president during those years, … Continue reading Washington’s Presidency on TV

Contact

A MESSAGE FROM DEEP SPACE. WHO WILL BE THE FIRST TO GO? A JOURNEY TO THE HEART OF THE UNIVERSE. When Eleanor Arroway (Jodie Foster) suddenly hears a signal coming from the star Vega while working for a program that is exploring extraterrestrial life, the U.S. government quickly takes control of this historic event. Based … Continue reading Contact

Mother and Child

A thorough and moving examination of the bond between mothers and children, exemplified by three stories. We meet a middle-aged woman (Annette Bening) who’s never been able to move past giving up her newborn daughter when she was 14; a career-oriented business lawyer (Naomi Watts) whose life’s about to change; and a woman (Kerry Washington) … Continue reading Mother and Child

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; then … Continue reading The Long Kiss Goodnight

Shanghai

IN A WORLD FILLED WITH SECRETS, SOLVING A MYSTERY CAN BE MURDER. Shanghai, 1941, a few months before the bombing of Pearl Harbor; U.S. naval intelligence agent Paul Soames (John Cusack) poses as a Nazi-friendly reporter in order to find out what happened to a dead friend. A drama that desperately wants to be Casablanca … Continue reading Shanghai

Hurt Locker: War is Da Bomb

YOU’LL KNOW WHEN YOU’RE IN IT.   Doctors love to complain about movies that portray their line of work. So do cops, fire fighters, journalists… and soldiers. Many Iraq War vets harbor contempt toward this film’s depiction of life in Baghdad for a United States Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team. The filmmakers seem to … Continue reading Hurt Locker: War is Da Bomb

The Green Mile

MIRACLES HAPPEN IN THE MOST UNEXPECTED PLACES.  In 1935, Louisiana prison guard Paul Edgecomb (Tom Hanks) discovers that one of the men on death row, John Coffey (Michael Clarke Duncan), has special gifts and starts thinking that maybe he’s innocent. Director Frank Darabont makes another trip to the well that brought us the successful Shawshank Redemption (1994). Fans … Continue reading The Green Mile