Tag Archives: Michael Douglas

Wonder Boys

UNDEPENDABLE. UNPREDICTABLE. UNFORGETTABLE. Pittsburgh university professor Grady Tripp (Michael Douglas) teaches creative writing while desperately trying to finish the follow-up novel to the book that made him famous; one of his students (Tobey Maguire) is peculiar and brilliant… Curtis Hanson followed the success of L.A. Confidential (1997) with this dramedy set in a wet and … Continue reading Wonder Boys

And So It Goes

THERE ARE A MILLION REASONS NOT TO LIKE OREN LITTLE. JUST ASK EVERYONE. After suddenly being saddled with a nine-year-old granddaughter he didn’t know he had, grumpy and selfish realtor Oren Little (Michael Douglas) grows closer to his neighbor (Diane Keaton). The intended target audience of older women deserve better movies than this romantic comedy – … Continue reading And So It Goes

The U.S. Congress and the Movies

  The Saturday Night Live clip above shows President Barack Obama finally having that famed shot of Kentucky bourbon with the incoming Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell. The latter is unconvincingly played by Taran Killam, but the point is clear – get a high-ranking Democrat and Republican drunk together and they might just discover what they have … Continue reading The U.S. Congress and the Movies

Romancing the Stone

SHE’S A GIRL FROM THE BIG CITY. HE’S A RECKLESS SOLDIER OF FORTUNE. FOR A FABULOUS TREASURE, THEY SHARE AN ADVENTURE NO ONE COULD IMAGINE… OR SURVIVE.  New York City romance novelist Joan Wilder (Kathleen Turner) goes to Colombia to help her sister who’s been kidnapped, and gets unexpected aid from a bird smuggler (Michael Douglas). … Continue reading Romancing the Stone

Haywire

THEY LEFT HER NO CHOICE. After a successful mission to Barcelona, covert operative Mallory Kane (Gina Carano) is sent to Dublin to pose as the wife of an MI6 agent (Michael Fassbender) – but realizes that she’s been set up. 2012 was a busy year for director Steven Soderbergh, but this action flick has better … Continue reading Haywire

Traffic: The Never-Ending Story

NO ONE GETS AWAY CLEAN.  After watching Traffik, a 1990 British miniseries portraying the illegal drugs trade from the Pakistani opium poppy grower to the British user, Steven Soderbergh knew that the story would work just as well transferred to an American and Mexican setting. He also knew that he wanted a reportage feel, which is … Continue reading Traffic: The Never-Ending Story

The China Syndrome: Getting to the Core

TODAY, ONLY A HANDFUL OF PEOPLE KNOW WHAT IT MEANS… SOON YOU WILL KNOW.   In one of the most bizarre turn of events in Hollywood history, a film highlighting the dangers of nuclear power was released mere days before the most serious accident in U.S. history happened at the Three Mile Island plant in … Continue reading The China Syndrome: Getting to the Core

Last Vegas

IT’S GOING TO BE LEGENDARY. When Billy (Michael Douglas) is about to marry his 40 years younger girlfriend in Las Vegas, his childhood buddies (Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Kline) gather to throw him a bachelor party… but there are unresolved issues between them. It may be easy to label this a Hangover for … Continue reading Last Vegas

Behind the Candelabra

What Steven Soderbergh announced as his “final” film is a straightforward HBO biopic detailing the love affair between flamboyant Vegas entertainer Liberace and the decades-younger lover he took in the late 1970s. Seen from Scott Thorson’s perspective, it was a relationship begun with open eyes but turned into a bizarre rollercoaster of kitsch, drugs, jealousy … Continue reading Behind the Candelabra

Coma

IMAGINE YOUR LIFE HANGS BY A THREAD. IMAGINE YOUR BODY HANGS BY A WIRE. IMAGINE YOU’RE NOT IMAGINING. After losing her best friend who died after what was supposed to be minor surgery at a Boston hospital, doctor Susan Wheeler (Genevieve Bujold) discovers that she’s not the only case. A sense of credibility is confidently … Continue reading Coma

Solitary Man

BEN LOVES HIS FAMILY ALMOST AS MUCH AS HE LOVES HIMSELF.  Once successful, now disgraced car salesman Ben Kalmen’s (Michael Douglas) marriage is over, the relationship with his daughter is troubled, and he probably has a heart condition… but that doesn’t stop him from chasing after college girls. This is truly a vehicle for Douglas … Continue reading Solitary Man