Tag Archives: Hollywood

French Lieutenant’s Woman: Love in Two Eras

SHE WAS LOST FROM THE MOMENT SHE SAW HIM.  The original novel by John Fowles was published in 1969 and became a critical darling, portraying a complicated romance between a gentleman and a woman of ill repute. The novel showed the author’s great knowledge of Victorian literature, which made it easy for him to have … Continue reading French Lieutenant’s Woman: Love in Two Eras

Nurse Betty

SHE’S CHASING A DREAM… THEY’RE CHASING HER. When she sees her boyfriend (Aaron Eckhart) get shot by two hitmen (Morgan Freeman, Chris Rock), small-town waitress Betty Sizemore (Renée Zellweger) enters a state of mind where she believes her favorite character on a TV soap is real… One of Neil LaBute’s most lauded films is this … Continue reading Nurse Betty

Score: A Film Music Documentary

BEHIND EVERY GREAT FILM IS A GREAT COMPOSER.  Matt Schrader left his job at CBS to make his directing debut, a documentary about film music. With help from historian Leonard Maltin, we get a quick look at the history of movie scores and how they have changed, especially when jazz gained a foothold. We get … Continue reading Score: A Film Music Documentary

Notting Hill

CAN THE MOST FAMOUS FILM STAR IN THE WORLD FALL FOR JUST AN ORDINARY GUY? The most popular movie star in Hollywood (Julia Roberts) meets a London book-store owner (Hugh Grant) and they fall in love… but can a romance like that work out? Writer Richard Curtis reunited with his Four Weddings and a Funeral … Continue reading Notting Hill

Sandy Wexler

In 1994, fledgling Hollywood agent Sandy Wexler (Adam Sandler) finally finds a talent worth promoting, singer Courtney Clarke (Jennifer Hudson)… but his lack of skills is a constant roadblock. A comedy loosely based on Sandler’s own colorful agent, Sandy Wernick, that plays out over several years. That’s one explanation for the massively bloated running time, … Continue reading Sandy Wexler

Stardust Memories

Famous film director Sandy Bates (Woody Allen) is attending a retrospective of his work, while also recalling the women who inspired him over the years. A lot of people saw a lot of Woody in the director who’s constantly tormented by fans who consider his earlier, funnier movies better than the ones he’s making now. … Continue reading Stardust Memories

La La Land: An Enchanting Year in the Sun

HERE’S TO THE FOOLS WHO DREAM. Remember that opening scene from Manhattan (1979)? It’s a montage of different New York City images beautifully captured in black and white by cinematographer Gordon Willis, set to George Gershwin’s ”Rhapsody in Blue” as it builds in intensity to an impressive display of fireworks. It is an unforgettable tribute … Continue reading La La Land: An Enchanting Year in the Sun

Café Society

ANYONE WHO IS ANYONE WILL BE SEEN AT CAFÉ SOCIETY. In the 1930s, Bobby Dorfman (Jesse Eisenberg) moves to Hollywood where his powerful uncle (Steve Carell) gives him a job at his agency; he falls in love with a secretary (Kristen Stewart), without realizing that she’s having an affair with his uncle. A pleasant but … Continue reading Café Society

Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds

A DIFFERENT KIND OF HOLLYWOOD LOVE STORY.  Opening six months before the deaths of Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, who passed away one day apart, this documentary examines a close mother-daughter relationship in the twilight of their years after a lifetime of turmoil, including divorces, health issues, addiction and hostility. This being Hollywood, everything played … Continue reading Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds

Movie 43

COMEDY. EXPOSED.  It’s unbelievable that so many talents would be willing to work on and off on this collection of raunchy sketches for ten years and come up with so little. The title has nothing to do with the movie itself and there doesn’t seem to be much of a theme, even though Peter Farrelly’s … Continue reading Movie 43

Hail, Caesar!

LIGHTS. CAMERA. ABDUCTION. In 1951, Hollywood fixer Eddie Mannix (Josh Brolin) juggles a busy life, including trying to find out where the studio’s biggest star (George Clooney) has disappeared… The Coen brothers on familiar turf, with yet another kidnapping and a comedy set half a century ago. The biggest appeal here is how lovingly the … Continue reading Hail, Caesar!

Listen to Me Marlon

INTIMATE. EXPLICIT. UNINHIBITED.  Marlon Brando frequently made sound recordings throughout his life, private tapes of meetings, interviews, therapy sessions – and during hypnosis. For the first time, the public is treated to them in this documentary that takes us through the movie star’s life. The recordings offer unpolished reactions, thoughts and outbursts, a commentary on … Continue reading Listen to Me Marlon