Tag Archives: John Travolta

Saturday Night Fever: Disco Inferno

… CATCH IT! In the mid-1970s, British rock journalist Nik Cohn arrived in New York City. He gained attention by writing an article for New York Magazine called ”Tribal Rites of the New Saturday Night”, vividly depicting the local disco scene. The article ended up inspiring the movie Saturday Night Fever… but it turned out … Continue reading Saturday Night Fever: Disco Inferno

Grease

GREASE IS THE WORD. In 1958, Danny and Sandy (John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John) return to high school after summer, but their fling becomes complicated. An adaptation of the Broadway musical that found favor among both audiences and critics, especially since its period setting was popular at the time. This colorful movie has a dreamy quality … Continue reading Grease

Carrie

YOU WERE WARNED NEVER TO PUSH CARRIE TO THE LIMITS. NOW YOU MUST FACE THE EVIL CONSEQUENCES.   17-year-old Carrie White (Sissy Spacek) is abused both at school and at home by her religious fanatic of a mother (Piper Laurie), but Carrie discovers that she has telekinetic powers. Brian De Palma’s first great commercial success … Continue reading Carrie

Face/Off

IN ORDER TO CATCH HIM, HE MUST BECOME HIM.   After capturing terrorist Castor Troy (Nicolas Cage), FBI agent Sean Archer (John Travolta) undergoes an experimental face transplant surgery and is turned into the spitting image of Castor as part of a plan to make the terrorist’s brother reveal crucial information. John Woo’s greatest film … Continue reading Face/Off

Rene Russo Turns 60

In the clip above, Rene Russo reunites with Pierce Brosnan in 2010 in order to promote the Bluray release of The Thomas Crown Affair (1999). She’s at her most charming, and it’s obvious that the two of them are happy to see each other again. Tomorrow, Russo turns 60, if you can believe it, and it’s time … Continue reading Rene Russo Turns 60

Caviezel and Newton-John’s Big Day

Today we are congratulating Jim Caviezel and Olivia Newton-John, who are turning 45 and 65 years old. Could they be anymore different? Caviezel may be best known these days for headlining the CBS crime drama Person of Interest, which was created by Christopher Nolan’s brother Jonathan. This fall will see the third season of the show. … Continue reading Caviezel and Newton-John’s Big Day

Savages

When a Mexican drug cartel kidnaps the girlfriend (Blake Lively) of two successful California marijuana growers (Taylor Kitsch, Aaron Taylor-Johnson) as part of business negotiations, they decide to hit back hard. Oliver Stone returns to Scarface territory with this violent but also surprisingly sexy and entertaining saga about wheeling and dealing between major and minor … Continue reading Savages

Blow Out

Murder has a sound all of its own! Philadelphia sound effects technician Jack Terry (John Travolta) happens to witness (and record) a car accident… and realizes that someone with a gun must have caused it. Director Brian De Palma followed up his impressive Dressed to Kill (1980) with another thriller featuring seedy sex, well-staged murder scenes and a … Continue reading Blow Out

Thin Red Line: Days of Hell

EVERY MAN FIGHTS HIS OWN WAR. “I didn’t think he was capable of betrayal of this magnitude.” That quote is lifted from an Entertainment Weekly interview with one of the producers of this film, Robert Michael Geisler. He was referring to director Terrence Malick and those words illustrate to what degree the relationship between these … Continue reading Thin Red Line: Days of Hell

Lucky Numbers

When they put their heads together… it’s a no brainer. Popular TV weatherman Russ Richards (John Travolta) runs into financial difficulties and concocts a plan together with the ruthless Crystal (Lisa Kudrow) to rig the Pennsylvania state lottery.Nora Ephron tackles something that could be described as a gangster comedy, one that borrows elements (and the … Continue reading Lucky Numbers

The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3

When Ryder (John Travolta) and his gang hijack a New York subway train and demand a ransom for their hostage, they don’t realize that the dispatcher on duty (Denzel Washington) will prove to be a challenge. Another Tony Scott/Washington collaboration that is also a remake of a 1974 thriller. As always a solid performance from Washington … Continue reading The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3

Hairspray

IT WAS A TIME OF TRADITION, A TIME OF VALUES, AND A TIME… TO SHAKE THINGS UP. Baltimore, 1962; plump teenager Tracy Turnblad (Nikki Blonsky) gets the chance to dance on a popular TV show but faces stiff resistance… not least when she becomes engaged in the civil rights movement. Not really a remake of the … Continue reading Hairspray