Tag Archives: Elliott Gould

Bergman: A Year in a Life

An incisive documentary that chooses its perspective well and then uses it as a starting point for the greater story of Ingmar Bergman’s life. The year 1957 became his most decisive, a time when he was juggling several film and theater productions. The experience made Bergman find his voice as a filmmaker, emboldening him to … Continue reading Bergman: A Year in a Life

Ocean’s Eight

EVERY CON HAS ITS PROS. Danny Ocean’s sister Debbie (Sandra Bullock) is released from prison and assembles a gang that will steal a valuable necklace during the Met gala. One decade after Ocean’s Thirteen came this spin-off featuring a fabulous lineup of women. The movie may lack Steven Soderbergh’s touch, but is an improvement on … Continue reading Ocean’s Eight

The Muppets Take Manhattan

Kermit and the gang take their amateur variety show to Broadway, but the city doesn’t exactly welcome them with open arms… The third Muppet movie echoes all of those 1930s and ‘40s Hollywood musicals where a boy and a girl try to put on a show but run into all sorts of difficulties. In other … Continue reading The Muppets Take Manhattan

The Muppet Movie

MORE ENTERTAINING THAN HUMANLY POSSIBLE. Kermit, a frog in a Florida swamp, is persuaded by a Hollywood agent to go west and pursue a showbiz career; along the way, he meets friends and finds a dangerous enemy. The beloved felt creatures from The Muppet Show (1976-1981) delivered their first movie, a funny, chaotic meta experience … Continue reading The Muppet Movie


NOTHING SPREADS LIKE FEAR. When Beth Emhoff (Gwyneth Paltrow) returns from a trip to Hong Kong, she’s caught a cold that quickly turns out to be something much worse – and the start of a global pandemic. A good example of hyperlink cinema, where we are introduced to multiple characters and storylines, a jumbled narrative and … Continue reading Contagion

American History X

SOME LEGACIES MUST END. A reformed neo-nazi (Edward Norton) is released from prison after serving time for homicide and tries to save his younger brother (Edward Furlong) from making the same mistakes. First-time director Tony Kaye thought that the studio ruined his film, but this is actually a frightening, fascinating study of how easily everyday … Continue reading American History X

Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice

BOB & CAROL & TED & ALICE REQUEST THE COMPANY OF YOUR PLEASURE. Bob (Robert Culp) and Carol (Natalie Wood) feel enlightened and sexually liberated after a weekend of group therapy; back home they try to make their friends (Elliott Gould, Dyan Cannon) see the light as well. Paul Mazursky made his directing debut with this … Continue reading Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice

Ocean’s Thirteen

WHAT ARE THE ODDS OF GETTING EVEN? 13 TO ONE. When Reuben (Elliott Gould) suffers a heart attack after being conned by a billionaire (Al Pacino), Danny Ocean (George Clooney) and his gang exact revenge. The third film is a slight improvement on the second, but here’s a funny thing that often happens when you’re … Continue reading Ocean’s Thirteen

Nashville: 200 Years Later

WILD. WONDERFUL. SINFUL. LAUGHING. EXPLOSIVE.  Perhaps a lot of Americans were wondering in the year 1975 what the future might look like for their country, one year ahead of celebrating its Bicentennial Anniversary. After all, U.S. forces were cutting and running from the Vietnam War, President Nixon had just been forced to resign because of … Continue reading Nashville: 200 Years Later

Naked Gun 33 ⅓: The Final Insult

MOSTLY ALL NEW JOKES. Frank Drebin (Leslie Nielsen), the pride of the LAPD, has retired but is called back into action for an undercover assignment in a prison. This third chapter offers a few bright ideas, such as a spoof of The Untouchables (1987), but this is largely a disappointment – and somewhat of a freak show, considering the … Continue reading Naked Gun 33 ⅓: The Final Insult

MASH: Indecency At Its Best

M*A*S*H GIVES A D*A*M*N. Everyone knows and loves M*A*S*H*, the wonderful TV show that made Alan Alda a star. Most people also know that the series was based on a movie. But an argument could actually be made that the impact of the film is greater than that of the series. After all, this was allegedly … Continue reading MASH: Indecency At Its Best

Ocean’s Twelve

TWELVE IS THE NEW ELEVEN. Director Steven Soderbergh and his buddies on another vacation; the excuse is a story where Danny Ocean (George Clooney) and his fellow criminals are confronted by their nemesis (Andy Garcia) and then find themselves in Amsterdam performing another heist. By the time Julia Roberts’s character is goaded into assuming the … Continue reading Ocean’s Twelve

Ocean’s Eleven

ARE YOU IN OR OUT? Director Steven Soderbergh and his buddies obviously felt that the best way to spend a vacation would be remaking an old “Rat Pack” movie. This version, an improvement on the original, still carries the burden of a pretty tedious screenplay, but at least the filmmakers do their best to offset … Continue reading Ocean’s Eleven