Tag Archives: Julianne Moore

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

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. He … 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

Laws of Attraction

GETTING MARRIED IS A GREAT WAY TO FALL IN LOVE. New York divorce attorneys Daniel Rafferty and Audrey Woods (Pierce Brosnan, Julianne Moore) fight each other whenever they can, but end up getting married after an Irish night of drinking. Here’s a romantic comedy with nothing to rely on but its two charismatic stars. They’re … Continue reading Laws of Attraction

The Hours: A Fight For Survival

THE TIME TO HIDE IS OVER. THE TIME TO REGRET IS GONE. THE TIME TO LIVE IS NOW. When author Michael Cunningham finished work on his novel “The Hours”, he must have given himself a pat on the shoulder. His original intention was to make a contemporary update of Virginia Woolf’s classic “Mrs. Dalloway”, but … Continue reading The Hours: A Fight For Survival