Tag Archives: Julianne Moore

Non-Stop

THE HIJACKING WAS JUST THE BEGINNING. During a London-bound flight alcoholic federal air marshal Bill Marks (Liam Neeson) starts receiving texts from an anonymous passenger threatening to kill others on the plane unless $150 million is transferred to an account. Unknown (2009) director Jaume Collet-Serra reunites with Neeson for another thriller and shows once again … Continue reading Non-Stop

My Oscar Predictions

Welcome to Oscar week, one that will culminate with the awards show on Sunday. Within a few days I will also publish my review of a classic Best Picture winner, From Here to Eternity (1953). The past week has mostly featured news stories of which celebrities will hand out Oscars, and which will perform live. No surprises … Continue reading My Oscar Predictions

Kids Are All Right: Moms, Meet Dad

NIC AND JULES HAD THE PERFECT FAMILY, UNTIL THEY MET THE MAN WHO MADE IT ALL POSSIBLE.    It took forever, but then it all seemed to change in a few months. Suddenly, Americans adopted a more positive attitude toward the idea of rainbow families. President Barack Obama coming out in favor of gay marriage … Continue reading Kids Are All Right: Moms, Meet Dad

Game Change

POLITICS WOULD NEVER BE THE SAME. In 2008, Republican presidential nominee John McCain (Ed Harris) is facing Barack Obama and needs a game-changing name on his ticket; Alaska Governor Sarah Palin (Julianne Moore) is selected… but not properly vetted. This portrayal of how Palin was launched onto the national stage shows a charismatic, devoted mother firmly … Continue reading Game Change

Crazy, Stupid, Love.

Emily Weaver (Julianne Moore) tells her husband (Steve Carell) of 25 years that she wants a divorce; after first jumping out of a car, he eventually takes control of his life with a little help from a womanizer (Ryan Gosling) he met in a bar… There’s a lot more to the story than that, as we … Continue reading Crazy, Stupid, Love.

Boogie Nights: Sex, Drugs and Disco

THE LIFE OF A DREAMER, THE DAYS OF A BUSINESS AND THE NIGHTS IN BETWEEN.   The movie that looked like it might reenergize Burt Reynolds’s career (it didn’t really) is a fascinating look at the American porn industry in the late 1970s. Reynolds visited real porn sets in order to better understand the industry. … Continue reading Boogie Nights: Sex, Drugs and Disco

A Single Man

As the Cuban Missile Crisis is playing out, L.A. college professor George Falconer (Colin Firth) is contemplating suicide a few months after losing his partner (Matthew Goode) in a car crash. Christopher Isherwood’s novel broke new ground in the 1960s with its gay subject matter and is treated with respect by fashion icon Tom Ford … Continue reading A Single Man

Children of Men: Aiming For Tomorrow

NO CHILDREN. NO FUTURE. NO HOPE.   I have no idea how P.D. James, the 86-year-old mystery writer behind the novel “The Children of Men”, reacted when she saw Alfonso Cuarón’s adaptation. He and the four co-writers made considerable changes to the story and parts of it are disturbingly bleak and realistic. I can only … Continue reading Children of Men: Aiming For Tomorrow

The Shipping News

DIVE BENEATH THE SURFACE. Timid widower Quoyle (Kevin Spacey), his daughter and aunt (Judi Dench) move to a small Newfoundland community where he starts working as a reporter and gets to know a woman (Julianne Moore) who is nothing like his late, psychotic wife (Cate Blanchett). A Lasse Hallströmified version of a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel; … Continue reading The Shipping News

The Lost World: Jurassic Park

SOMETHING HAS SURVIVED. When paleontologist Sarah Harding (Julianne Moore) decides to go to Hammond’s (Richard Attenborough) second dinosaur-inhabited island, her boyfriend (Jeff Goldblum) reluctantly joins the expedition. Regarding the script, there’s nothing in this sequel to attract director Steven Spielberg, but I guess he just felt like having fun. The action is certainly engaging, the dinos … Continue reading The Lost World: Jurassic Park

Psycho

CHECK IN. RELAX. TAKE A SHOWER. The pointlessness of Gus Van Sant’s project is staggering; plays are restaged all the time, for instance, but rarely does anyone try to copy a specific famous production of one. Few changes have been made to this scene-by-scene remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 masterpiece, but they’re all bad. The … Continue reading Psycho

The Forgotten

ON SEPTEMBER 24TH, EVERYTHING YOU’VE EXPERIENCED, EVERYTHING YOU’VE KNOWN, NEVER HAPPENED.  Several months after Telly Paretta’s (Julianne Moore) son dies in a plane crash, she learns that everyone has forgotten him; every trace of him vanishes and it’s as if he never existed. Experienced viewers will believe that the boy did exist, but wonder how … Continue reading The Forgotten