Tag Archives: Kevin Spacey

A Hollywood Hurricane

Today we learned that this trailer for Ridley Scott’s upcoming kidnapping drama All the Money in the World, which opens next month, is already a thing of the past. In the trailer we see Kevin Spacey as the billionaire J. Paul Getty, but after the revelations of the past few weeks about Spacey the unprecedented decision … Continue reading A Hollywood Hurricane

Baby Driver: Delivering for Doc

ALL YOU NEED IS ONE KILLER TRACK.  Director Edgar Wright had been thinking about making this movie for two decades before it finally happened. Those who know their Wright oeuvre might recognize the basic idea from a music video he made in 2003, ”Blue Song” for Mint Royale, featuring the British comedian Noel Fielding as … Continue reading Baby Driver: Delivering for Doc

The Usual Suspects: Catching Up with Keyser

FIVE CRIMINALS. ONE LINE UP. NO COINCIDENCE.  After seeing the drama Public Access at the 1993 Sundance Film Festival, Kevin Spacey went to the party after the screening, walked up to the young men who had written and directed it and told them that he wanted a role in their next movie. At the time, … Continue reading The Usual Suspects: Catching Up with Keyser

Heartburn

THEY THOUGHT IT WAS LOVE. IT WAS REALLY HEARTBURN. New York City food writer Rachel Samstat (Meryl Streep) and columnist Mark Forman (Jack Nicholson) fall in love and start a family… but she soon learns that he’s back to his old womanizing ways. Nora Ephron based the novel on her own experiences with Carl Bernstein, … Continue reading Heartburn

A Time to Kill

A LAWYER AND HIS ASSISTANT FIGHTING TO SAVE A FATHER ON TRIAL FOR MURDER. A TIME TO QUESTION WHAT THEY BELIEVE. A TIME TO DOUBT WHAT THEY TRUST. AND NO TIME FOR MISTAKES.  Young Mississippi attorney Jake Brigance (Matthew McConaughey) takes a case where a black man (Samuel L. Jackson) stands accused of having murdered … Continue reading A Time to Kill

Horrible Bosses 2

NEW CRIME. SAME TOOLS. When Nick, Kurt and Dale (Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day) try to start a company together and are screwed by their financier (Christoph Waltz), they come up with a scheme to get back at him. As is the case with far too many sequels, the story is thinner but the … Continue reading Horrible Bosses 2

The Men Who Stare at Goats

NO GOATS. NO GLORY. After flying to Kuwait to report on the Iraq War, journalist Bob Wilton (Ewan McGregor) meets a retired Army operator (George Clooney) who’s been trained in parapsychological skills. You really want to love this film, but it squanders a good opportunity. Loosely based on an actual military initiative, the script chronicles … Continue reading The Men Who Stare at Goats

American Beauty: Beyond Italian Upholstery

… LOOK CLOSER. The story of how American Beauty, one of the most celebrated films of the 1990s, was made is the story of how a struggling TV writer tried to break into movies and a theater director with a flair for staging dark reinventions of musicals like “Cabaret” and “Oliver” got his huge breakthrough … Continue reading American Beauty: Beyond Italian Upholstery

Casino Jack

HONOR. INTEGRITY. PRINCIPLES. EVERYTHING IS NEGOTIABLE. In the mid-90s, slick Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff (Kevin Spacey) gets involved in the world of Indian tribal gaming, which is eventually what will bring him down. The same year as Alex Gibney made his documentary Casino Jack and the United States of Money, this equally flashy (but less … Continue reading Casino Jack

Margin Call

Be first. Be smarter. Or cheat.   The last thing risk management analyst Eric Dale (Stanley Tucci) does before he’s fired from a Manhattan investment bank is hand a colleague (Zachary Quinto) a USB drive containing a project that he was working on; it turns out to be pure dynamite. In this independently produced drama, … Continue reading Margin Call

Horrible Bosses

EVER WISH YOUR BOSS WERE DEAD? Best buddies Nick, Kurt and Dale (Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day) are all abused at work by their mean-spirited bosses; eventually they come up with a radical solution. This raunchy comedy borrows its premise from Hitchcock’s Strangers on a Train (1951) in a not too inspired way, but offers many laughs … Continue reading Horrible Bosses

Shrink

THE DOCTOR IS OUT. Renowned Beverly Hills psychotherapist Henry Carter (Kevin Spacey) is having a breakdown, fueled by his drug addiction… but that doesn’t stop him from seeing patients. An independent production made with all the best intentions, but sometimes that’s not enough. The movie introduces us to several people in L.A., many of them … Continue reading Shrink