Tag Archives: Kathy Bates

Dolores Claiborne: Island of Misery

SOMETIMES, AN ACCIDENT CAN BE AN UNHAPPY WOMAN’S BEST FRIEND.  During a critical scene between Dolores Claiborne (Kathy Bates) and her abusive husband Joe (David Strathairn), she tells him that he’s likely to end up in Shawshank Prison. Fans of Stephen King will recognize this as a typical sign that the story takes place in … Continue reading Dolores Claiborne: Island of Misery

Hollywood Stars in Super Bowl Ads 2017

With an authoritarian man in the White House, it was unavoidable that this year’s Super Bowl ads would be political. There were also plenty of movie and TV trailers, but few of them offered any real surprises; we did learn when the second season of Stranger Things premieres (Halloween), but that was about it.  Let’s take a look … Continue reading Hollywood Stars in Super Bowl Ads 2017

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

Winners of the 2015 Golden Globes

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are returning this Sunday for their third hosting stint at the Golden Globe awards. Thank God for that; recently, this show has been more reliable than the Oscars. In the promo above, the hosts promise not to keep it fresh their third time ’round. Sounds very reasonable in this case. … Continue reading Winners of the 2015 Golden Globes

Straight Time

CAN HE GO STRAIGHT OR WILL HE GO STRAIGHT BACK INSIDE? After six years in prison, Max Dembo (Dustin Hoffman) is released and makes a genuine attempt to go straight; he finds a job and starts dating a girl (Theresa Russell), but his parole officer becomes a problem… Hoffman started directing this drama, but handed … Continue reading Straight Time

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

Thank You For Being a Friend: David E. Kelley Moves On

No one has made us love lawyers as much as David E. Kelley. In his world, law firms are populated by people who treasure friendships and relationships above all. A David E. Kelley show may not always be feel-good (remember The Practice). But now that Harry’s Law has ended its two-season run, it is clear that … Continue reading Thank You For Being a Friend: David E. Kelley Moves On

Around the World in 80 Days

LET YOUR IMAGINATION SOAR. In 1872, inventor Phileas Fogg (Steve Coogan) wagers that he can travel around the world in 80 days; he’s accompanied by his recently hired manservant (Jackie Chan) who has an agenda of his own. Another adaptation of the Jules Verne perennial, one that takes a lot of liberties but not in a … Continue reading Around the World in 80 Days

Midnight in Paris

  On a visit to Paris, Hollywood screenwriter and would-be novelist Gil Pender (Owen Wilson) falls in love with the city to the degree that he actually journeys to the 1920s and the city’s community of famous artists… One of those rare things, a Woody Allen box-office hit, perhaps because of its light touch, romantic portrayal … Continue reading Midnight in Paris

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