Tag Archives: Jon Voight

Donald Trump (or Bane) Takes the Oath

As Donald Trump was about to be sworn in as the nation’s 45th president, Netflix premiered their first trailer for the upcoming season of House of Cards. Relentlessly pessimistic, it likely captures the mood of the civilized world and the majority of American voters who did not choose for this nightmare to descend on their country. … Continue reading Donald Trump (or Bane) Takes the Oath

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

Celebrities For and Against Trump

Since I last wrote about the presidential election in this blog (which was August), too much craziness has happened to keep up. Suffice it to say that those who thought Donald Trump would turn into a serious-minded candidate were wrong. As polls show him losing big to Hillary Clinton, the unhinged billionaire is going off … Continue reading Celebrities For and Against Trump

Heat: Cops and Robbers

A LOS ANGELES CRIME SAGA. I remember watching this movie in a theater back in 1995. After about two hours, a woman asked someone sitting close to her, “Do you know how long this movie is?”. He did know, told her and the woman just left. Some people don’t have the stomach for a story … Continue reading Heat: Cops and Robbers

An American Carol

LAUGH LIKE YOUR COUNTRY DEPENDS ON IT.  As America-bashing documentary filmmaker Michael Malone (Kevin Farley) is preparing a campaign to have July 4th abolished as a holiday, he is visited by the ghost of John F. Kennedy. From a right-winger’s point of view, this take on Dickens’s “Christmas Carol” is a clever idea executed as … Continue reading An American Carol

Where’s the Intellectual Hollywood Conservative?

  The Republican National Convention is over and we can safely say that it didn’t harm or boost Governor Mitt Romney’s candidacy. There were good speeches from the likes of Paul Ryan, Marco Rubio, Condoleezza Rice and Ann Romney and some that were less inspiring; Rubio and Chris Christie were energetic, but their speeches focused … Continue reading Where’s the Intellectual Hollywood Conservative?

Transformers

THEIR WAR. OUR WORLD. Two warring, intergalactic clans of robots have infiltrated Earth; one of them is here to take over it, the other one is here to save the humans. Director Michael Bay’s blockbuster version is based on the cartoon and the toys and won’t disappoint the geeks. It’s his usual formula; big, loud and … Continue reading Transformers

The Odessa File

A GRIPPING PUZZLE OF PURSUIT AND ESCAPE. In 1963, German reporter Peter Miller (Jon Voight) becomes involved in the search for a brutal concentration camp commander who disappeared after WWII with help from ODESSA, a network of former SS men. ODESSA may really have existed, and the “Butcher of Riga” certainly did (he was found and arrested a few years … Continue reading The Odessa File

Four Christmases

HIS FATHER, HER MOTHER, HIS MOTHER AND HER FATHER ALL IN ONE DAY. Brad and Kate (Vince Vaughn, Reese Witherspoon) have no intention of spending Christmas with their families, but a getaway attempt fails and they’re forced to face the music. The King of Kong (2005) director was hired for his first fiction feature, a Yuletide comedy that … Continue reading Four Christmases

National Treasure: Book of Secrets

When one of Ben Gates’s (Nicolas Cage) ancestors is revealed to have been part of the Abraham Lincoln assassination plot, the historian/adventurer and his friends try to clear his name. A surprisingly entertaining sequel that reunites the Cage/Jon Voight/Diane Kruger/Justin Bartha team and delivers the same kind of adventure for history and conspiracy buffs that we … Continue reading National Treasure: Book of Secrets

24: Time Is of the Essence

Two months after those towers in the Manhattan financial district came tumbling down, Fox premiered a new TV show that seemed to connect with the realities that sprang out of the terror attack. 24 portrayed a government agency called CTU (Counter Terrorist Unit) that fought terrorism; the most accomplished agent of the Los Angeles branch was Jack Bauer … Continue reading 24: Time Is of the Essence