Tag Archives: Giancarlo Esposito

The Usual Suspects: Catching Up with Keyser

FIVE CRIMINALS. ONE LINE UP. NO COINCIDENCE.  After seeing the drama Public Access at the 1993 Sundance Film Festival, Kevin Spacey went to the party after the screening, walked up to the young men who had written and directed it and told them that he wanted a role in their next movie. At the time, … Continue reading The Usual Suspects: Catching Up with Keyser

Malcolm X: How Little Became Huge

At first, Norman Jewison was considered as director of a movie chronicling the life of Malcolm X. After all, he had done a great job on In the Heat of the Night (1967), a film that took on the racial conflicts of that period in America. Jewison was interested in the project, but there was … Continue reading Malcolm X: How Little Became Huge

Alex Cross

DON’T EVER CROSS ALEX CROSS. Detroit cop and psychologist Alex Cross (Tyler Perry) is hunting a brazen, sadistic man (Matthew Fox) who has tortured and killed a businesswoman. The third Cross adaptation after two previous Morgan Freeman films is a reboot that pleased nobody. This one makes Cross younger and is a chance for Perry … Continue reading Alex Cross

Do the Right Thing: Fighting the Power

IT’S THE HOTTEST DAY OF THE SUMMER. YOU CAN DO NOTHING, YOU CAN DO SOMETHING, OR YOU CAN DO THE RIGHT THING. Back in 1989, Do the Right Thing was hotly debated. Spike Lee was beginning to have an impact as a filmmaker, one of very few African-Americans, and this film became his definitive breakthrough. … Continue reading Do the Right Thing: Fighting the Power

Smoke

FIVE STRANGERS. FOUR SECRETS. THREE SCHEMES. TWO BEST FRIENDS. AND ONE NEIGHBORHOOD HANGOUT WHERE THE WORLD STILL MAKES SENSE.  Watching this movie is like immersing oneself into a Paul Auster novel; he wrote this collection of stories that revolve around a Brooklyn tobacco store managed by Harvey Keitel, and worked very closely with Wayne Wang. … Continue reading Smoke

Bob Roberts

Vote first. Ask questions later.   Pennsylvanian Bob Roberts (Tim Robbins) is running for a seat in the U.S. Senate and is quickly winning votes as a folk-singing rebel – but his agenda is radically right-wing. The same year as the American people elected Bill Clinton president, Robbins directed his first feature, a political satire that … Continue reading Bob Roberts

Last Holiday

SHE ALWAYS THOUGHT SHE WAS SOMEBODY… AND SHE WAS. Department store salesclerk Georgia Byrd (Queen Latifah) finds out that a brain tumor will end her life in three months; she quits her job and goes to Karlovy Vary to spend her life savings at a luxurious hotel. The 1950 original benefited from Alec Guinness’s performance … Continue reading Last Holiday

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

Ali

FORGET WHAT YOU THINK YOU KNOW. Perhaps Michael Mann was looking for a Best Picture Oscar when he made this biography about the ten most interesting years, 1964-1974, in Muhammad Ali’s life. It has a nice feeling of the period, a touch of grandeur and a central performance of the kind that is usually rewarded … Continue reading Ali