Tag Archives: Dustin Hoffman

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 Program

WINNING WAS IN HIS BLOOD. The Armstrong Lie (2013) was a fascinating documentary that did something original; this biographical drama is disappointingly by-the-numbers. Not only is the story of how cyclist Lance Armstrong kept winning the Tour de France by being part of an advanced doping program unnecessarily rushed, making it hard for us to … Continue reading The Program

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

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

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 … 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 … Continue reading Rain Man: Escaping a Bubble

Rene Russo Turns 60

In the clip above, Rene Russo reunites with Pierce Brosnan in 2010 in order to promote the Bluray release of The Thomas Crown Affair (1999). She’s at her most charming, and it’s obvious that the two of them are happy to see each other again. Tomorrow, Russo turns 60, if you can believe it, and it’s time … Continue reading Rene Russo Turns 60

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 … 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. … 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

Rest in Peace: Dennis Farina and Mel Smith

This past week has lost two originals in showbiz. Neither was what you may call a star, but Dennis Farina and Mel Smith were entertainers of the first order.  No one could say “fuck” like Dennis Farina, as evidenced in the clip above. A former Chicago police officer, Farina was often cast as either a … Continue reading Rest in Peace: Dennis Farina and Mel Smith