Tag Archives: Dustin Hoffman

Papillon: Stuck on Devil’s Island

THE GREATEST ADVENTURE OF ESCAPE EVER FILMED! The man whose life was depicted in Papillon, a film that was a big hit in 1973, didn’t live to see the final results but was present during the making of it, reportedly ensuring that the adaptation of his memoirs was as correct as possible. That may seem … Continue reading Papillon: Stuck on Devil’s Island

Meyerowitz Stories: Sandler and Stiller Strike Back

This weekend my parents are coming to Stockholm to see me, my brother, sister and nephews. I’m glad they’re coming because we are all close, but at the same time there can be tensions when parents and their adult sons and daughters have to live together closely for a short time. It doesn’t matter how … Continue reading Meyerowitz Stories: Sandler and Stiller Strike Back

Kung Fu Panda 3

THE WEIGHT IS OVER. At the same time as Po is trying to handle his new role as a teacher, he also meets his real father and has to battle a spirit warrior. Another 3D adventure with the panda whose most dangerous nemesis seems to be stairs. Po’s reunited with all the lovable supporting characters … Continue reading Kung Fu Panda 3

The Cobbler

SAVING THE NEIGHBORHOOD ONE SOLE AT A TIME. A Lower East Side cobbler (Adam Sandler) discovers that when he uses his father’s old stitching machine and tries on the customer’s shoes, he literally becomes this person. After making several critically hailed drama-comedies, director Tom McCarthy hit a brick wall with this fantasy, maybe because he … Continue reading The Cobbler

Chef

STARTING FROM SCRATCH NEVER TASTED SO GOOD. After a public meltdown involving Twitter and a hostile food critic, California chef Carl Casper (Jon Favreau) decides to start over in Miami – with a food truck. The Iron Man movies made the director rich and famous, but this low-budget comedy is more satisfying, as we follow … Continue reading Chef

Rain Man: Escaping a Bubble

1988 and 1989 were awkward years for the Academy Awards. It’s not like there weren’t any brilliant movies released, it’s just that the wrong ones were consistently picked for the Best Picture honor. Not only did it cheapen the value of the ultimate award in this business, but it also did neither Rain Man nor … Continue reading Rain Man: Escaping a Bubble

Little Big Man: Echoes of Vietnam

EITHER THE MOST NEGLECTED HERO IN HISTORY OR A LIAR OF INSANE PROPORTION! There once was a real-life figure called Little Big Man. An Oglala Lakota warrior, he fought under but was also rivals with the legendary Crazy Horse. He’s known to have cooperated with the white man and might have been involved with the … Continue reading Little Big Man: Echoes of Vietnam

Tootsie: Dressed to Kill

HE’S TOOTSIE… SHE’S DUSTIN HOFFMAN. In the late 1990s, I was studying English in college when one of our teachers organized a reading of Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest”. Not a full stage rendering, mind you… but we still had to dress up and the whole thing was taped by our teacher. I … Continue reading Tootsie: Dressed to Kill

Quartet

FOUR FRIENDS LOOKING FOR A LITTLE HARMONY.  When the famous soprano Jean Horton (Maggie Smith) arrives at Beecham House, a home for retired musicians, old feelings are stirred up. Dustin Hoffman’s directing debut is a pleasant adaptation of a stage play that fuses drama and comedy in a very British manner. The story is simple … Continue reading Quartet

Kung Fu Panda 2

PREPARE FOR THE RETURN OF AWESOMENESS. When the evil lord of a peacock clan attempts to conquer China, Po and the Furious Five use all their powers to stop him… but the panda is also brutally reminded of his childhood. The first major animated release to be directed by a woman is a 3D adventure … Continue reading Kung Fu Panda 2