Tag Archives: Jeff Bridges

Hell or High Water: In the Land of the Comanche

BLOOD ALWAYS FOLLOWS MONEY.  This film, surely one of the best to screen in the Un Certain Regard section of this year’s Cannes festival,  may take place in West Texas, but it wasn’t shot there. The filmmakers opted for Eastern New Mexico instead, a region that is sometimes called ”Little Texas”. As far as culture, … Continue reading Hell or High Water: In the Land of the Comanche

R.I.P.D.

TO PROTECT AND SERVE THE LIVING. When Boston cop Nick Walker (Ryan Reynolds) is murdered, he is recruited in the afterlife to R.I.P.D. where they hunt souls who refuse to leave the Earth. This 3D action-comedy, that borrows from films like Ghostbusters (1984) and Men in Black (1997), bombed in spite of promising ideas in … Continue reading R.I.P.D.

Last Picture Show: Small-Town Decay

ANARENE, TEXAS, 1951. NOTHING MUCH HAS CHANGED… The most famous film Peter Bogdanovich ever made didn’t come from a complete beginner. In the 1960s, he had worked as a film programmer for the Museum of Modern Art in New York City and critic for Esquire. After deciding to become a director, he went to work … Continue reading Last Picture Show: Small-Town Decay

The Big Lebowski

THEY FIGURED HE WAS A LAZY TIME WASTING SLACKER. THEY WERE RIGHT. L.A. slacker Jeffrey Lebowski (Jeff Bridges) goes to see a millionaire who has the same name as him to get compensation after an unfortunate encounter with two thugs, but is drawn into a kidnapping case… The Coen Brothers’ attempt to have a little … Continue reading The Big Lebowski

Hollywood Stars in Super Bowl Ads 2015

The ad everybody keeps talking about after this year’s Super Bowl was undeniably the one featuring a dead kid. But this movie and TV blog would like to focus on what Hollywood stars have lent their names to this year: Jeff Bridges – In a spot promoting website builder Squarespace, the star is literally putting people … Continue reading Hollywood Stars in Super Bowl Ads 2015

Starman

IN 1977 VOYAGER II WAS LAUNCHED INTO SPACE, INVITING ALL LIFEFORMS IN THE UNIVERSE TO VISIT OUR PLANET. GET READY. COMPANY’S COMING. When an alien lands near grieving widow Jenny Hayden’s (Karen Allen) house in Wisconsin, he assumes the physical shape of her late husband (Jeff Bridges) and forces her on a trip to Arizona … Continue reading Starman

The U.S. Congress and the Movies

  The Saturday Night Live clip above shows President Barack Obama finally having that famed shot of Kentucky bourbon with the incoming Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell. The latter is unconvincingly played by Taran Killam, but the point is clear – get a high-ranking Democrat and Republican drunk together and they might just discover what they have … Continue reading The U.S. Congress and the Movies

The Men Who Stare at Goats

NO GOATS. NO GLORY. After flying to Kuwait to report on the Iraq War, journalist Bob Wilton (Ewan McGregor) meets a retired Army operator (George Clooney) who’s been trained in parapsychological skills. You really want to love this film, but it squanders a good opportunity. Loosely based on an actual military initiative, the script chronicles … Continue reading The Men Who Stare at Goats