Tag Archives: John Cusack

The Grifters

SEDUCTION. BETRAYAL. MURDER. WHO’S CONNING WHO? Veteran con artist Lilly Dillon (Anjelica Huston) meets her son (John Cusack) for the first time in eight years and realizes that he’s been seriously hurt; after getting him to a hospital, she meets his mysterious girlfriend (Annette Bening)… The same year as Martin Scorsese directed GoodFellas, he also … Continue reading The Grifters

Fat Man and Little Boy

THE STORY OF THE EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE WHO CHANGED OUR WORLD.  In 1943, U.S. general Leslie R. Groves (Paul Newman) is putting together a top-secret team to build the first atomic bomb, led by the physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer (Dwight Schultz)… but the two men find themselves at odds. By focusing on the uneasy relationship between … Continue reading Fat Man and Little Boy

Maps to the Stars

A deeply cynical, satirical look at Hollywood as we follow a fortysomething movie star (Julianne Moore) who’s desperate for a comeback; a bratty teen star (Evan Bird); and a peculiar young woman (Mia Wasikowska) with burnt arms who may or may not be looking for revenge. The cast is the whole show here, with Moore … Continue reading Maps to the Stars

The Frozen Ground

THE HUNTER BECOMES THE HUNTED. In 1983, Anchorage cop Jack Halcombe (Nicolas Cage) takes a prostitute (Vanessa Hudgens) seriously and soon realizes that the vicious man she once ran away from could lie behind several disappearances in Alaska. This directing debut, a story of how local police tracked down a serial killer who enjoyed hunting … Continue reading The Frozen Ground

The Paperboy

In 1969, reporter Ward Jansen (Matthew McConaughey) and his younger brother (Zac Efron) are investigating the background behind an upcoming execution, helped by a woman (Nicole Kidman) who’s fallen in love with the convict. The dark novel has fans, but the movie is more of a guilty pleasure. A steamy, dirty Southern tale with no … Continue reading The Paperboy

Debt Ceiling? Obamacare? No, This is a Real Issue

There’s a new video out attacking the NSA in the aftermath of Edward Snowden’s revelations about the agency and its far-reaching snooping into people’s lives. Featuring Hollywood celebrities (Oliver Stone, Wil Wheaton, Maggie Gyllenhaal and John Cusack) and people like Daniel Ellsberg, the video strikes a connection between the 1970s and present days, between Richard … Continue reading Debt Ceiling? Obamacare? No, This is a Real Issue

Now Let’s See a Whole Movie With Rickman as Reagan

Today, I saw Lee Daniels’ The Butler and there are two things I’d like to discuss here – how the civil rights movement is depicted in the film, and the portrayal of all those Presidents. What didn’t fly and what did in fact work? Let’s start with Harry Lennix. A little over a month ago, the … Continue reading Now Let’s See a Whole Movie With Rickman as Reagan

Lee Daniels’ The Butler

ONE QUIET VOICE CAN IGNITE A REVOLUTION.  A brisk walk through American history and the civil rights movement in particular, as we follow a black man (Forest Whitaker) who serves seven presidents in the White House from Eisenhower to Reagan. How is the cause best served is the most important question asked in the film. … Continue reading Lee Daniels’ The Butler

Woody Allen: A Documentary

  Originally shown as a two-part event on the PBS show American Masters, this is Robert B. Weide’s fourth documentary on comedians, a frequently entertaining and engrossing look at one of the hardest working men in showbiz. Over the course of three hours we learn what motivates him, what makes him great and how he … Continue reading Woody Allen: A Documentary