Tag Archives: Gwyneth Paltrow

Mortdecai

SOPHISTICATION HAS A NAME. Lord Charlie Mortdecai (Johnny Depp), an art dealer and swindler who owes the U.K. government a lot of money, reluctantly agrees to help inspector Alistair Martland (Ewan McGregor) find a stolen Goya painting. This adaptation of a novel that’s part of a popular series of comic thrillers was maligned by critics … Continue reading Mortdecai

Two Lovers

SOMETIMES WE LEAVE EVERYTHING TO FIND OURSELVES. After another botched suicide attempt, Leonard Kraditor (Joaquin Phoenix) meets two women – one (Vinessa Shaw) his parents are setting him up with, and another (Gwyneth Paltrow) who’s very attractive but troubled… A romantic drama that feels very classical, probably because it was inspired (like several other movies) … Continue reading Two Lovers

Infamous

THERE’S MORE TO THE STORY THAN YOU KNOW.   The year after Capote, the drama that followed author Truman Capote’s fascination over the countryside killings that inspired him to write “In Cold Blood”, came this film that is almost as good. Starts out as more of a light comedy as the flamboyant Capote clashes with … Continue reading Infamous

Iron Man 3

UNLEASH THE POWER BEHIND THE ARMOR. Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) has started to suffer from panic attacks at a time when the world is threatened by an international terrorist organization headed by the mysterious Mandarin (Ben Kingsley). The man who once wrote Lethal Weapon (1987) stepped into the directing chair for this one and … Continue reading Iron Man 3

Avengers: The Smashing Six

SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED. Sometimes it is true that good things happen to good people. Joss Whedon may have had a few misses behind him, but Hollywood knows deep inside that this is the guy who made Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Dollhouse work so well. He’s also a huge fan of “The Avengers” as a … Continue reading Avengers: The Smashing Six

Contagion

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 … Continue reading Contagion

Iron Man 2

Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) is pressured by his own deteriorating health, as well as the emergence of a new supervillain (Mickey Rourke) who teams up with a rival arms dealer (Sam Rockwell). Most critics thought too highly of the original and now they’re underestimating the sequel. Downey, Jr. is still the heart and center of … Continue reading Iron Man 2

Se7en: A Tour of Sins

SEVEN DEADLY SINS. SEVEN WAYS TO DIE. Director David Fincher’s first feature, Alien³ (1992), had the misfortune of following in the footsteps of some of Ridley Scott’s and James Cameron’s best work. The results were certainly disappointing, but Fincher brought a sense of darkness and unease to the party. Three years later he found the perfect project … Continue reading Se7en: A Tour of Sins

Iron Man

On a visit to Afghanistan, arms dealer Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) is kidnapped by terrorists who provide him with the means to create weapons for them; he reluctantly agrees to do so, with awe-inspiring results. Downey, Jr. is the greatest thing about this entertaining but unremarkable comic-book movie; his laidback charm carries every scene that … Continue reading Iron Man

Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

JOIN THE RESISTANCE. In 1939, reporter Polly Perkins (Gwyneth Paltrow) and flying ace Joe Sullivan (Jude Law), who once dated, reluctantly join forces to track down the evil genius who sent an army of robots marching on New York. Director Kerry Conran’s debut is a dream come true for him, an old-fashioned adventure flick with … Continue reading Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow