Tag Archives: Jon Favreau

The Greatest Hits of 2016

It’s time for that annual list of next year’s highly anticipated Hollywood films. Here’s 2016 for ya. As always, premiere dates may change. JANUARY: * 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi – Michael Bay leaves his robots aside for a while, taking on a politically sensitive subject. Looks far from another Zero Dark Thirty (2012) though. * Kung … Continue reading The Greatest Hits of 2016

Entourage

THE RIDE AIN’T OVER. Ari Gold (Jeremy Piven), now a studio boss, agrees to let Vincent Chase (Adrian Grenier) direct his first movie, but when the project needs more money the Texas financiers start making awkward demands… This big-screen adaptation of the 2004-2011 TV series will satisfy die-hard fans, but not many others. Nothing much … Continue reading Entourage

Swingers

COCKTAILS FIRST. QUESTIONS LATER. Unemployed actors Mike and Trent (Jon Favreau, Vince Vaughn) are trying to find jobs and girls in Los Angeles… but Mike is still hopelessly hurting from a breakup. Doug Liman’s breakthrough film also introduced its two stars to a wider audience. Favreau clearly poured all his own experiences into the script … Continue reading Swingers

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

Chef

STARTING FROM SCRATCH NEVER TASTED SO GOOD.   After a public meltdown involving Twitter and a hostile food critic, California chef Carl Casper (Jon Favreau) decides to start over in Miami – with a food truck. The Iron Man movies made the director rich and famous, but this low-budget comedy is more satisfying, as we … Continue reading Chef

People Like Us

FIND YOUR FAMILY.  Just as he’s going through a work-related crisis, Sam (Chris Pine) learns that his father has died; they were never close, but it turns out that the old man had a secret… Screenwriter Alex Kurtzman’s directing debut is more earnest than most of the adventures that he and partner Roberto Orci usually … Continue reading People Like Us

John Carter

LOST IN OUR WORLD. FOUND IN ANOTHER.  Edgar Rice Burroughs (Daryl Sabara) comes across John Carter’s (Taylor Kitsch) personal diary of how he was transported from 19th century Arizona to Mars where he became involved in a war. Andrew Stanton’s live-action directing debut came with a price tag so hefty it almost put Disney in … Continue reading John Carter

The Wolf of Wall Street

  After the Black Monday stock market crash in 1987, Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio) finds the perfect little boiler room to start over and turn into a rapidly successful brokerage firm, with a steady supply of money, champagne and cocaine. In Martin Scorsese and Boardwalk Empire creator Terence Winter’s hands, the real-life story of convicted … Continue reading The Wolf of Wall Street

Identity Thief

SHE’S HAVING THE TIME OF HIS LIFE. In order to save his job, Sandy Patterson (Jason Bateman) needs to find the woman (Melissa McCarthy) who’s stolen his identity and keeps emptying his bank accounts. A high-concept comedy that should only work if we believe in the two central characters; I’m not sure that we do, … Continue reading Identity Thief

Iron Man 3

UNLEASH THE POWER BEHIND THE ARMOR. Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) has started to suffer from panic attacks at a time when the world is threatened by an international terrorist organization headed by the mysterious Mandarin (Ben Kingsley). The man who once wrote Lethal Weapon (1987) stepped into the directing chair for this one and … Continue reading Iron Man 3

How Klugman and Durning Changed History

In the past week, we lost both “Quincy” (Jack Klugman) and Charles Durning.   First of all, I have to express some admiration for Klugman who was not only a TV legend but also helped pass the Orphan Drug Act in 1983 (as pointed out in Washington Post). The law facilitates the development of drugs … Continue reading How Klugman and Durning Changed History

Zookeeper

DON’T TALK TO THE ANIMALS… UNLESS THEY TALK TO YOU FIRST! When the animals at Boston’s Franklin Park Zoo find out that the best man on the staff, Griffin Keyes (Kevin James), is thinking about quitting, they decide to help him change his mind. Another film that benefits from James’s all-around likability and physical comedy; … Continue reading Zookeeper

Cowboys & Aliens

FIRST CONTACT. LAST STAND. In 1873, Jake Lonergan (Daniel Craig) wanders into a small Arizona town, unable to remember what he’s been through… and then aliens attack. There’s nothing wrong with the visual effects or the cast in this spectacular summer blockbuster; Craig is even trying to channel his inner Clint Eastwood. But one has … Continue reading Cowboys & Aliens