Tag Archives: Gene Hackman

Crimson Tide

DANGER RUNS DEEP. Just as the U.S. and Russia are facing the threat of nuclear war, the submarine USS Alabama heads out on a mission with a seasoned commander (Gene Hackman) and a fresh executive officer (Denzel Washington). The most macho submarine thriller you can imagine naturally comes from the director and producer of Top … Continue reading Crimson Tide

Mississippi Burning: Death by Cop

1964. WHEN AMERICA WAS AT WAR WITH ITSELF. There are many heinous cases that must have compelled federal authorities to finally back comprehensive civil-rights legislation that specifically targeted the South. One of the worst is the disappearance of three civil-rights workers, two white and one black, in Mississippi in 1964 who were later found murdered. … Continue reading Mississippi Burning: Death by Cop

Superman: The Rise of Reeve

YOU’LL BELIEVE A MAN CAN FLY.   Some of the most amusing behind-the-scenes stories surrounding this now classic superhero movie concern Marlon Brando, who plays Superman’s dad Jor-El in the ten-minute long, impressively staged, opening sequence on Krypton. Apparently, Brando’s salary for this little effort made him the highest paid actor at the time. He … Continue reading Superman: The Rise of Reeve

The birdcage

COME AS YOU ARE. When Armand Goldman’s (Robin Williams) son is getting married to the daughter of an arch-conservative Republican senator (Gene Hackman), there is one detail that needs to be covered up – the fact that Armand is a gay club owner. This Americanized, Miami-set version of the French La Cage aux Folles (1978) … Continue reading The birdcage

Superman IV: The Quest for Peace

NUCLEAR POWER. IN THE BEST HANDS, IT IS DANGEROUS. IN THE HANDS OF LEX LUTHOR, IT IS PURE EVIL. THIS IS SUPERMAN’S GREATEST BATTLE. AND IT IS FOR ALL OF US.  Lex Luthor (Gene Hackman) escapes from prison and creates a powerful new enemy for Superman (Christopher Reeve) with a little help from one of … Continue reading Superman IV: The Quest for Peace

Gene Hackman at 85: Retired But Not Gone

All it took was a clumsy headline on Grantland and loads of tweeters assumed that Gene Hackman was dead; the headline was later corrected to “retired” and not “gone” due to rampant stupidity among the general public. In fact, the great actor turned 85 yesterday. It isn’t easy finding images or clips of Hackman these days. … Continue reading Gene Hackman at 85: Retired But Not Gone

The Firm

POWER CAN BE MURDER TO RESIST.   Brilliant Harvard law student Mitch McDeere (Tom Cruise) is recruited by a Memphis firm that is very generous to him and his wife (Jeanne Tripplehorn)… but they have much to hide. The first adaptation of a John Grisham novel had perfect roles for two major stars; Cruise and … Continue reading The Firm

Bonnie and Clyde: Love on the Lam

THEY’RE YOUNG… THEY’RE IN LOVE… AND THEY KILL PEOPLE.   The term most commonly used to describe Bonnie and Clyde (1967) is probably “landmark film”. It may seem a little odd to begin this review by focusing on the movie’s effect on film criticism, but it’s one interesting part of a crucial whole. When it opened, Arthur … Continue reading Bonnie and Clyde: Love on the Lam

No Way Out

IS IT A CRIME OF PASSION, OR AN ACT OF TREASON?   Navy officer Tom Farrell (Kevin Costner) is posted at the Pentagon where he starts having an affair with Susan Atwell (Sean Young)… who turns out to be the Secretary of Defense’s (Gene Hackman) mistress. This remake of The Big Clock (1948) ups the ante by moving … Continue reading No Way Out

Antz

EVERY ANT HAS HIS DAY.   Worker ant Z ends up posing a major threat, along with princess Bala, to a power-crazed general in the hill. This movie and a bug’s life are fortunately what you get when CGI innovators DreamWorks and Pixar compete with each other. It’s a simple but funny, adult film that hopefully should stop you … Continue reading Antz

Young Frankenstein: No Escaping Destiny

  Mel Brooks and the cast and crew allegedly had so much fun making this classic comedy that the director decided to add a few sequences just to keep the production going a bit longer. Watching the final results, I can understand why. This is one of the funniest movies ever made and it is … Continue reading Young Frankenstein: No Escaping Destiny

Poseidon Adventure: From Top to Bottom

HELL, UPSIDE DOWN.   When I was a kid I fell in love with disaster movies. I’m not sure why, but I know that I still love to watch a group of people fight for their lives in an isolated area. Survivor is a great idea for a reality show. My favorite among the disaster movies is The … Continue reading Poseidon Adventure: From Top to Bottom

Twilight

SOME PEOPLE CAN BUY THEIR WAY OUT OF ANYTHING. EXCEPT THE PAST. Former private eye Harry Ross (Paul Newman) runs an errand for an old friend (Gene Hackman) and gets himself entangled in a murder mystery. Newman reunited with his Nobody’s Fool (1994) director for an old-fashioned crime story that is a pleasant time-filler and … Continue reading Twilight