Tag Archives: Jonathan Demme

Springsteen’s Career in 11 Rock Clips

During my vacation, I read Bruce Springsteen’s “Born to Run”, the best-selling biography he released last year. At about the same time, there was also an accompanying documentary, Bruce Springsteen: In His Own Words, and an album, “Chapter and Verse”. The Boss may have grown up in New Jersey more or less poor, but he sure … Continue reading Springsteen’s Career in 11 Rock Clips

Jonathan Demme 1944-2017

Director Jonathan Demme died today, 73 years old. In the clip above, he and Paul Thomas Anderson (who’s a big fan) talk about the creative process behind Demme’s films at the 2015 Austin Film Festival. If you want to learn more about The Silence of the Lambs (1991), go ahead and listen. Born in Baldwin, New … Continue reading Jonathan Demme 1944-2017

Bill Paxton 1955-2017

It was quite a shock today for Hollywood and the rest of us to wake up and know that Bill Paxton has died due to complications following surgery. Judging from all the love for Paxton on Twitter, he was really popular in Hollywood. In the clip above from last summer’s Comic Con, he and Sigourney … Continue reading Bill Paxton 1955-2017

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

Philadelphia

NO ONE WOULD TAKE HIS CASE… UNTIL ONE MAN WAS WILLING TO TAKE ON THE SYSTEM.   When Philadelphia attorney Andrew Beckett (Tom Hanks) is suddenly fired from his law firm after the senior partners realize that he has AIDS, he enlists the support of a homophobic colleague (Denzel Washington). After the success of The … Continue reading Philadelphia

Stephen King and the Future of 11/22/63

Recently, I finished reading Stephen King’s time-traveling nostalgia piece “11/22/63”, only a few days after the 49th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy. The 849-page paperback edition left me in awe of King’s storytelling gifts, in spite of the fact that his melodramatic tricks felt more than obvious, as the leading character (a … Continue reading Stephen King and the Future of 11/22/63

Rachel Getting Married

Fresh out of rehab, Kym (Anne Hathaway) goes to her family’s house where everybody’s preparing for her sister’s (Rosemarie DeWitt) wedding… but Kym’s arrival stirs up emotions. Jonathan Demme’s first picture in four years is a welcome comeback, a compelling drama that shows how hard it is to break the bond between family members, in … Continue reading Rachel Getting Married

Silence of the Lambs: Quid Pro Quo

DR. HANNIBAL LECTER. BRILLIANT. CUNNING. PSYCHOTIC. IN HIS MIND LIES THE CLUE TO A RUTHLESS KILLER. CLARICE STARLING, F.B.I.. BRILLIANT. VULNERABLE. ALONE. SHE MUST TRUST HIM TO STOP THE KILLER. It is rumored that writer Thomas Harris has never seen the film adaptation of his novel “The Silence of the Lambs”. I don’t really believe … Continue reading Silence of the Lambs: Quid Pro Quo

The Manchurian Candidate

THIS SUMMER EVERYTHING IS UNDER CONTROL.   We had a right to expect something good when a director of Jonathan Demme’s caliber decided to remake John Frankenheimer’s great political thriller from 1962. The war in Korea has been cleverly updated to the Gulf War, but the main story of the original is intact and still … Continue reading The Manchurian Candidate