Tag Archives: Michael Caine

My 12 Favorite Christmas Movies

We’re one week away from Christmas and everybody’s making lists of their favorite movies. As always, some are debating whether or not Die Hard belongs on the list. Don’t be silly, of course it does. What says Christmas more than “Now I have a machine gun, ho, ho ho”…? Here are my 12 favorites, a mix … Continue reading My 12 Favorite Christmas Movies

Going in Style

YOU’RE NEVER TOO OLD TO GET EVEN. After losing their pensions due to corporate restructuring, three New York City retirees (Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, Alan Arkin) are toying with the idea of robbing a bank. The original 1979 film had a bunch of older comedians in the leads; the remake cast more prominent Hollywood stars. … Continue reading Going in Style

Dunkirk: Surviving the Beach

AT THE POINT OF CRISIS, AT THE POINT OF ANNIHILATION, SURVIVAL IS VICTORY.  About 25 years ago, Christopher Nolan and his wife Emma Thomas were crossing the English Channel together with a friend. They were in a small sailing yacht headed for the northeastern French town of Dunkirk, but what initially looked like a pleasant … Continue reading Dunkirk: Surviving the Beach

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

NICE GUYS FINISH LAST. MEET THE WINNERS.  Sophisticated British con artist Lawrence Jamieson (Michael Caine) gets competition in the French Riviera by a loud American colleague (Steve Martin) who talks Jamieson into becoming his mentor. Frank Oz reunited with Martin from Little Shop of Horrors (1986) for this funny remake of Bedtime Story (1964). The … Continue reading Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

The Jigsaw Man

THE GAME OF SPYING, DOUBLE CROSS, DEFECTION, BETRAYAL AND DEATH. Philip Kimberley (Michael Caine), a British former top intelligence official who once defected to the Soviet Union, gets plastic surgery and returns to Britain where he’ll try to retrieve important documents. Caine and Laurence Olivier reunited after Sleuth (1972) for a spy thriller directed by … Continue reading The Jigsaw Man

Now You See Me 2

REAPPEARING JUNE 10. The members of the Horsemen are still in hiding, but when they’re assigned a new case by the secret society of magicians that they’re now part of, everything changes. I have no idea why anyone would ask for a sequel to a rather anonymous heist thriller in the first place, but here … Continue reading Now You See Me 2

Hannah and Her Sisters: Saved by the Marx Bros

There’s every reason for Mia Farrow not to enjoy watching this movie. Some of it was shot in her actual apartment, and she has talked about the creepy effect of sitting in one’s apartment flipping through channels and finding a movie that takes place exactly where you’re sitting. Then there’s also the fact that her … Continue reading Hannah and Her Sisters: Saved by the Marx Bros

Kingsman: The Secret Service

MANNERS MAKETH THE MAN.  When an agent working for a top-secret intelligence agency is killed, his colleague (Colin Firth) enlists a troublesome teenager (Taron Egerton) to join a group of candidates who will be trained to fill the vacancy. In Matthew Vaughn’s view spy movies were getting a bit too serious, which is why he … Continue reading Kingsman: The Secret Service

Youth

Famous composer Fred Ballinger (Michael Caine) and film director Mick Boyle (Harvey Keitel) are staying at a luxury resort in Switzerland; they are friends, but their opinions on how to spend the twilight years differ… Paolo Sorrentino followed his celebrated international breakthrough, The Great Beauty (2013), with an English-language meditation on old age and what … Continue reading Youth

The Muppet Christmas Carol

  The fourth Muppet movie is the first after Jim Henson’s death and now more clearly than ever is the concept directed at children. A smart commercial move, but adults will love this transition into the world of classic stories as well. Charles Dickens’s Christmas carol is virtually reinvented by Henson’s son Brian and gets … Continue reading The Muppet Christmas Carol

Interstellar: Escape From Earth

MANKIND WAS BORN ON EARTH. IT WAS NEVER MEANT TO DIE HERE.  The day I saw this movie, I woke up feeling sad over what is a very common dream for me. It had taken me back to my teenage years, or childhood (time is not all that important in these dreams) and I was … Continue reading Interstellar: Escape From Earth

Journey 2: The Mysterious Island

BELIEVE THE IMPOSSIBLE. DISCOVER THE INCREDIBLE. In an attempt to bond with his stepson (Josh Hutcherson), Hank Parsons (Dwayne Johnson) joins him in the search for a mysterious island where the boy’s grandfather (Michael Caine) may be. This Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008) sequel has one returning character, Sean, and just as … Continue reading Journey 2: The Mysterious Island