Tag Archives: Mel Gibson

A Farewell to Two Supporting Stars

This past week, two highly talented actors who shone in supporting parts passed away.  Emma Chambers, born in 1964 in Doncaster, England, was best known to some people for Notting Hill (1999) as the kooky younger sister of Hugh Grant’s character. But to me, she’ll always be the lovably dense Alice Tinker on The Vicar of Dibley (1994-2007). In … Continue reading A Farewell to Two Supporting Stars

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

What Women Want

HE HAS THE POWER TO HEAR EVERYTHING WOMEN ARE THINKING. FINALLY… A MAN IS LISTENING. After accidentally electrocuting himself, cocky and womanizing Chicago ad executive Nick Marshall (Mel Gibson) realizes that he can hear what women are thinking… and the experience is a shock to him. Not one of Nancy Meyers’s finest romantic comedies, it … Continue reading What Women Want

Hacksaw Ridge

WHEN THE ORDER CAME TO RETREAT, ONE MAN STAYED.  In 1945, Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield) is deployed to the Pacific theater; trained as a combat medic, he is also a conscientious objector who refuses to touch weapons. Mel Gibson’s comeback as a director for the first time in ten years is an impressively staged portrait … Continue reading Hacksaw Ridge

The Patriot

SOME THINGS ARE WORTH FIGHTING FOR. In 1780, South Carolina widower Benjamin Martin (Mel Gibson) is drawn into the Revolutionary War when the British murder one of his sons and set his home on fire. When the director behind Independence Day (1996) and the star who brought us Braveheart (1995) join forces, the result is … Continue reading The Patriot

Conspiracy Theory

WHAT YOU KNOW COULD KILL YOU.  Half-crazed New York City cab driver Jerry Fletcher (Mel Gibson) is obsessed with conspiracy theories, but this time he seems to be on to something, as Justice Department lawyer Alice Sutton (Julia Roberts) realizes. Gibson reunited with his Lethal Weapon director to play a role that has Martin Rigg’s … Continue reading Conspiracy Theory

Lethal Weapon 4

THE GANG’S ALL HERE. After coming across Chinese slave laborers, Riggs and Murtaugh (Mel Gibson, Danny Glover) go up against a ruthless immigrant smuggling ring. Our heroes are growing older, but not much changes anyway. Number four is chock-full of action, almost to the point of exhaustion, but all the sub-plots is what really slows … Continue reading Lethal Weapon 4

Mad Max 2: Star Wars Aussie-Style

WHEN ALL THAT’S LEFT IS ONE LAST CHANCE, PRAY THAT HE’S STILL OUT THERE… SOMEWHERE! Mad Max (1979) has been described as a key film in the Australian New Wave. Heavily debated because of the violence, it was recognized internationally as an influential dystopian vigilante piece. The director, George Miller, never had any intention to … Continue reading Mad Max 2: Star Wars Aussie-Style

Braveheart: Not a History Lesson

THE COURAGE TO FACE FEAR.   As the story goes, American writer Randall Wallace made a trip to Scotland and came upon a statue at the entrance of Edinburgh Castle. Since the statue bore the name of Wallace, the writer was intrigued. This was not a relative, but William Wallace, the great Scottish war hero. … Continue reading Braveheart: Not a History Lesson