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Movie 43

COMEDY. EXPOSED.  It’s unbelievable that so many talents would be willing to work on and off on this collection of raunchy sketches for ten years and come up with so little. The title has nothing to do with the movie itself and there doesn’t seem to be much of a theme, even though Peter Farrelly’s … Continue reading Movie 43

Titanic: A Wreck Comes Alive

NOTHING ON EARTH COULD COME BETWEEN THEM.  Twentieth Century Fox wasn’t sure about letting James Cameron make an epic movie about the 1912 sinking of Titanic – especially since the director wanted it to be a romance. In other words, there would be no box-office-friendly terminators or aliens on this voyage. Fox eventually agreed to … Continue reading Titanic: A Wreck Comes Alive

Insurgent

ONE CHOICE CAN DESTROY YOU.  Tris and Four (Shailene Woodley, Theo James) are on the run from Jeanine Mathews (Kate Winslet), while she is trying to find a Divergent with powers strong enough to open a mysterious box. A new director and writers make sure that this sequel to Divergent (2014) has more action and … Continue reading Insurgent

Divergent

ONE CHOICE CAN TRANSFORM YOU.  After a war, Chicago has been walled off and its citizens divided into five factions; teenager Beatrice Prior (Shailene Woodley) chooses which one to belong to and discovers a conspiracy. A dystopian sci-fi adventure targeted at teen girls with a strong female character fighting an authoritarian leader – it’s impossible … Continue reading Divergent

The Greatest Hits of 2014

It’s time for that annual list of this year’s highly anticipated Hollywood films. Here’s 2014 for ya. JANUARY: * Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit – This reboot of Tom Clancy’s CIA analyst cum action hero has Chris Pine, Kevin Costner and Kenneth Branagh (who’s also directing), but the trailer disturbingly shows another variation on the Jason Bourne … Continue reading The Greatest Hits of 2014

Contagion

Nothing spreads like fear.   When Beth Emhoff (Gwyneth Paltrow) returns from a trip to Hong Kong, she’s caught a cold that quickly turns out to be something much worse – and the start of a global pandemic. A good example of hyperlink cinema, where we are introduced to multiple characters and storylines, a jumbled narrative … Continue reading Contagion

Mildred Pierce

HAVING IT ALL WOULD COST HER EVERYTHING.   In the early 1930s, the newly divorced Mildred Pierce (Kate Winslet) reluctantly gets a job as a waitress and soon comes up with a way to make a lot of money; her sole motivation is the happiness of her ungrateful, oldest daughter. This miniseries remake of the 1945 … Continue reading Mildred Pierce

Revolutionary Road

  Director Sam Mendes returned to American Beauty (1999) territory with this compelling adaptation of Richard Yates’s landmark novel that addressed a crisis in marriage at a time when it was not quite socially acceptable to talk about what might go on behind the façade of idyllic 1950s suburbia. Mendes brought his wife Kate Winslet along for … Continue reading Revolutionary Road

The Holiday

Amanda and Iris (Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet) agree to change homes over Christmas; in Surrey, England Amanda runs into the charming Graham (Jude Law), and in L.A. Iris socializes with the Hollywood community. Nancy Meyers’s romantic comedies are usually overlong and feature at least one out-of-place slapstick scene… but she knows how to make them … Continue reading The Holiday

Eternal Sunshine: Thanks for the Memories

YOU CAN ERASE SOMEONE FROM YOUR MIND. GETTING THEM OUT OF YOUR HEART IS ANOTHER STORY.   Screenwriter Charlie Kaufman must have been pretty happy with his work after the success of Being John Malkovich (1999) and Adaptation. (2002). His friend Pierre Bismuth, a performance artist, had also given him an idea for another screenplay that would play around … Continue reading Eternal Sunshine: Thanks for the Memories