Tag Archives: Jon Voight

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

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


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

Pride and Glory

TRUTH. HONOR. LOYALTY. FAMILY. WHAT ARE YOU WILLING TO SACRIFICE? When four NYC cops are killed, Deputy Chief Francis Tierney (Jon Voight) talks his son Raymond (Edward Norton) into joining the task force set up to investigate the murders. An ambitious thriller that bites off a little more than it can chew. The portrayal of a family where … Continue reading Pride and Glory

Pearl Harbor

DECEMBER 7, 1941 – A SURPRISE ATTACK THAT CHANGED THEIR LIVES FOREVER. Hawaii, 1941; the attack on Pearl Harbor is coming, and two fighter pilots (Ben Affleck, Josh Hartnett) are at odds over an attractive nurse (Kate Beckinsale). This was meant to be director Michael Bay’s own Titanic (1997), a lauded epic with grand visual effects and a … Continue reading Pearl Harbor

Deliverance: Southern Hospitality

DELIVERANCE FROM EVIL.   One of the most memorable scenes from the film that most people would say is director John Boorman’s finest is the one where Drew (Ronny Cox) engages a local banjo player (Billy Redden) in a duel. Drew starts playing the guitar and the boy replies by imitating the music on his … Continue reading Deliverance: Southern Hospitality