Tag Archives: Jack Nicholson

As Good As It Gets: Against Better Judgment

A COMEDY FROM THE HEART THAT GOES FOR THE THROAT.  In 1994, writer-director James L. Brooks went through hell with I’ll Do Anything, a comedy-drama with musical sequences. There was a lot of work behind it – Twyla Tharp did the choreography and there were songs by among others Carole King and Prince. But the … Continue reading As Good As It Gets: Against Better Judgment

Alexander Payne’s New Scandinavian Road Trip

The clip above from The Guardian has Alexander Payne talking about his latest film, Nebraska, in 2013. He mentions how hard it is for him to find the proper material to shoot, and how he likes silent movies and maybe one day he’ll make one. I sure hope he does. Today he turns 55 years old … Continue reading Alexander Payne’s New Scandinavian Road Trip

Chinatown: Polanski’s Farewell to America

In the early days, Los Angeles was just a village. But as it grew in the late 19th century, it needed a better water supply. A decision was made to build an aqueduct that would bring water from the Owens Valley into the city, but the question of who owned water rights led to a … Continue reading Chinatown: Polanski’s Farewell to America

Heartburn

THEY THOUGHT IT WAS LOVE. IT WAS REALLY HEARTBURN. New York City food writer Rachel Samstat (Meryl Streep) and columnist Mark Forman (Jack Nicholson) fall in love and start a family… but she soon learns that he’s back to his old womanizing ways. Nora Ephron based the novel on her own experiences with Carl Bernstein, … Continue reading Heartburn

The Last Tycoon

HE HAS THE POWER TO MAKE ANYONE’S DREAM COME TRUE… EXCEPT HIS OWN.  In the 1930s, Monroe Stahr (Robert De Niro) is the youngest and most successful studio executive in Hollywood, but he becomes obsessed with a woman… F. Scott Fitzgerald never finished the novel before his death, but Harold Pinter adds his own touch … Continue reading The Last Tycoon

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest: The Crazy Ones

IF HE’S CRAZY, WHAT DOES THAT MAKE YOU?   Author Ken Kesey considered himself a link between beatniks and hippies, a critic of behaviorism and the conventional. His most famous novel, “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”, celebrated anti-authoritarianism and was made into a play the year after its publication, 1962. When the time came … Continue reading One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest: The Crazy Ones

Easy Rider: An All-American Trip

A MAN WENT LOOKING FOR AMERICA. AND COULDN’T FIND IT ANYWHERE… Jack Nicholson wasn’t the first choice for the part of boozy lawyer George Hanson in Easy Rider. That was Rip Torn, but after a fight between Torn and Dennis Hopper that involved a butter knife and a salad fork (according to Peter Fonda), the … Continue reading Easy Rider: An All-American Trip

A Few Good Men

IN THE HEART OF THE NATION’S CAPITAL, IN A COURTHOUSE OF THE U.S. GOVERNMENT, ONE MAN WILL STOP AT NOTHING TO KEEP HIS HONOR, AND ONE WILL STOP AT NOTHING TO FIND THE TRUTH.   Inexperienced U.S. Navy lawyer Daniel Kaffee (Tom Cruise) takes a case where two Marines stationed at Guantanamo stand accused of … Continue reading A Few Good Men

The Evening Star

A STORY ABOUT FRIENDS, FAMILY AND OTHER NATURAL DISASTERS. In 1988, Aurora Greenway (Shirley MacLaine) has a strained relationship with her grandchildren and eventually agrees to see a therapist (Bill Paxton). The sequel to Terms of Endearment (1983) desperately tries to rekindle our feelings for that sentimental masterpiece, but never really comes close. MacLaine carries … Continue reading The Evening Star

A Standing Ovation for Michelle Pfeiffer, 55

Michelle Pfeiffer is 55 years old today and deserves a standing ovation. After training to be a court stenographer, she decided to be an actor. Her looks earned her forgettable parts (she was simply called “the bombshell” in one episode of Delta House, according to Hello! Magazine), but then she got hired for Scarface (1983). That opened … Continue reading A Standing Ovation for Michelle Pfeiffer, 55

Congrats, Adrien Brody… But Get Real

  Today I wish to congratulate Adrien Brody who turns 40. I recently wished another star who’s hit hard times, Haley Joel Osment, a happy birthday on his 25th… but also expressed a desire for him to get smarter in his career management. As for Brody, I would say the same as his career is … Continue reading Congrats, Adrien Brody… But Get Real

The Election is Now Jersey Shore

You remember an insane Jack Nicholson chasing his wife and son through a snowy maze in The Shining? Or that helicopter scene in Apocalypse Now when Robert Duvall says “I love the smell of napalm in the morning”? What we’re witnessing now in the final throes of the U.S. presidential campaign is sort of like that. We … Continue reading The Election is Now Jersey Shore

I’m Still Here

2008 was the year when Joaquin Phoenix announced to the world that he’d give up acting and become a rap artist; apparently, this was also a time when he stopped shaving and showering. Eventually, the whole thing was revealed as a stunt for this faux documentary that aims to show how artists are not allowed … Continue reading I’m Still Here