Tag Archives: Frank Langella

Captain Fantastic

HE PREPARED THEM FOR EVERYTHING EXCEPT THE OUTSIDE WORLD. When Ben (Viggo Mortensen) receives tragic news, he brings his six children out of the forests where he’s raised them and travels to civilization where he clashes with his wife’s relatives. The director’s feature film debut may look like a deliberately quirky comedy-drama meant to charm … Continue reading Captain Fantastic

All the Way

POLITICS IS WAR. Shortly after swearing the oath in November 1963, President Lyndon B. Johnson (Bryan Cranston) begins the struggle to get the Civil Rights Act passed, trying to please both Dixiecrats and African-American voters. Recount and Game Change director Jay Roach was the right person to bring the successful play to television. In spite … Continue reading All the Way

The Prophet

Kahlil Gibran’s popular 1923 book consists of prose poetry essays and this ambitious animated adaptation has several short, poetic segments touching on the nature of love, freedom, work etc. Each one was designed by a seasoned animator/filmmaker under Roger Allers’s supervision, and the segments are held together by a frame story starring a poet deemed … Continue reading The Prophet

Muppets Most Wanted

TAKING THE WORLD BY FARCE. This sequel to the 2011 reboot begins immediately after its last scene, with a big number called “We’re Doing a Sequel”, followed by the introduction of a villainous agent (Ricky Gervais) who sets up a European tour for the Muppets. It turns out to be a scheme where a criminal … Continue reading Muppets Most Wanted

Noah

THE END OF THE WORLD… IS JUST THE BEGINNING. The story of how Noah (Russell Crowe) came to build the ark that saved two of all species from the wrath of God gets its Hollywood blockbuster treatment. Effects-laden, majestic and sometimes completely absurd, director Darren Aronofsky’s film is nevertheless packed with visual treats and a … Continue reading Noah

Grace of Monaco

THE GREATEST ROLE GRACE KELLY WOULD EVER PLAY. In 1963, at a time when France is challenging Monaco’s sovereignty, Princess Grace (Nicole Kidman) is offered to return to Hollywood for a lead role in a Hitchcock movie. After delays, public protests from Monaco’s royal family and signs of disapproval from the film’s distributors came this … Continue reading Grace of Monaco

Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight

SOME FIGHTS ARE BIGGER THAN THE RING. In 1971, Muhammad Ali’s refusal to be drafted for the Vietnam War becomes a case for the U.S. Supreme Court, but Chief Justice Warren Burger (Frank Langella) believes it has no merits. His name may be in the title, but in this HBO drama the champ only appears … Continue reading Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

As the 2008 recession is beginning to wipe out parts of Wall Street, a young trader (Shia LaBeouf) loses his mentor… and America’s favorite corporate raider (Michael Douglas) is attempting a comeback. Much like the original, this sequel to Wall Street (1987) catches the mood of a specific era in the history of capitalism and there is gloom … Continue reading Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

Masters of the Universe

A BATTLE FOUGHT IN THE STARS. NOW… COMES TO EARTH. On planet Eternia, the evil Skeletor (Frank Langella) wants to achieve limitless power but is fought by He-Man (Dolph Lundgren); now the battle reaches Earth. This adaptation of the action figure series has opening credits and music similar to Superman and a subsequent style borrowed … Continue reading Masters of the Universe

The Ninth Gate

THE ONLY THING MORE TERRIFYING THAN SEARCHING FOR THE DEVIL… IS FINDING HIM. Rare-book detective Dean Corso (Johnny Depp) is hired by Boris Balkan (Frank Langella) to find two copies of a famous book he owns, an occult text allegedly written by the Devil; however, the search becomes dangerous. Director Roman Polanski returns to one … Continue reading The Ninth Gate