Tag Archives: Johnny Depp

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

FROM J.K. ROWLING’S WIZARDING WORLD.  In 1920s New York City, Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) arrives from Britain carrying a peculiar suitcase that turns out to be bursting with magical creatures… In her screenwriting debut, J.K. Rowling returned to the world of Harry Potter, which had been explored in eight previous movies; this is a separate … Continue reading Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Donnie Brasco: A Made(Up) Man

IN 1978, THE U.S. GOVERNMENT WAGED A WAR AGAINST ORGANIZED CRIME. ONE MAN WAS LEFT BEHIND THE LINES.  I was just listening to a political debate about Islamic terrorism. One of the participants talked about how intelligence agencies need to do more than just tap phones; they need to put ”boots on the ground” by … Continue reading Donnie Brasco: A Made(Up) Man

After New Hampshire Comes… Johnny Depp

It’s the day after the Democratic and Republican New Hampshire primaries and the time has come to take a deep breath and see where we stand now. Since I last blogged about the campaigns, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton barely won Iowa and decisively lost New Hampshire, while her Democratic rival Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders … Continue reading After New Hampshire Comes… Johnny Depp

Black Mass

KEEP YOUR ENEMIES CLOSE. In the late 1970s, the FBI makes a deal with up-and-coming Boston gangster James “Whitey” Bulger (Johnny Depp); in exchange for information on his rivals, the authorities turn a blind eye to Bulger’s activities. One of the most outrageous cases of corruption, where law enforcement ended up protecting the most dangerous … Continue reading Black Mass

From Religion to Porn to Horror Greatness

One of the world’s great horror directors, Wes Craven, has passed away at the age of 76. In the clip above, he talks to Fangoria about the forbidding environment of his Christian upbringing and what role it played as he became a filmmaker. It is certainly easy to trace that negative influence to his films, … Continue reading From Religion to Porn to Horror Greatness

Into the Woods

BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR.    Chicago and Nine director Rob Marshall is the right person to bring this complex Broadway musical to the big screen. Assembling a variety of famous characters from Grimm Brothers fairy tales, the story sends them into the forbidding woods and explores what drives their actions. A few changes … Continue reading Into the Woods

Richard Grieco at 50: Where is He Now?

Richard Grieco turns 50 years old today. Congratulations are in order, but this might be a case where we actually have to ask ourselves: what is he up to these days? Originally a fashion model for Calvin Klein and other brands, Grieco got his breakthrough as an actor on 21 Jump Street, competing with Johnny Depp … Continue reading Richard Grieco at 50: Where is He Now?

The Lone Ranger

NEVER TAKE OFF THE MASK. Lawyer John Reid (Armie Hammer) arrives in Texas in 1869 and is immediately drawn into a hunt for an outlaw (William Fichtner) that ends in tragedy – and a new career for John. The Pirates of the Caribbean crew and star lie behind this blockbuster adaptation of the classic matinée … Continue reading The Lone Ranger

The Greatest Hits of 2015

It’s time for that annual list of next year’s highly anticipated Hollywood films. Here’s 2015 for ya. JANUARY: * Blackhat – Michael Mann’s first directorial outing since Public Enemies (2009) is a cyber thriller starring Chris Hemsworth. Its January release makes it hard to really get excited about it.  * Escobar: Paradise Lost – Notorious Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar reaches … Continue reading The Greatest Hits of 2015

A Nightmare on Elm Street

IF NANCY DOESN’T WAKE UP SCREAMING, SHE DOESN’T WAKE UP AT ALL… The quality of slasher pics improved with this story about Freddy Krueger, a scarred murderer with knives attached to his fingers who has the ability to kill teens in their sleep. The character made Robert Englund famous, his appearance now instantly recognizable, much … Continue reading A Nightmare on Elm Street

Transcendence

WHAT IF A NEW INTELLIGENCE WAS BORN? When brilliant scientist Will Caster (Johnny Depp) is mortally wounded in a terrorist attack, his wife and a colleague (Rebecca Hall, Paul Bettany) upload his consciousness into a super computer… with unimaginable consequences. Cinematographer Wally Pfister’s directing debut envisions a world where “the singularity”, the moment when artificial … Continue reading Transcendence