Tag Archives: Michelle Pfeiffer

Wolf

INSIDE EVERY MAN THERE ARE TWO PEOPLE – ONE GOOD, ONE BEAST. Publishing editor Will Randall (Jack Nicholson) is bitten by a wolf in Vermont; in the following days, as he falls victim to workplace intrigue, Will realizes that he’s going through strange changes… Jim Harrison, who came up with the story, wasn’t happy about … Continue reading Wolf

The Wizard of Lies

ONLY THOSE YOU TRUST CAN TRULY BETRAY YOU.  After the ABC miniseries Madoff (2016) came this HBO movie that also paints a portrait of the admired Wall Street tycoon who turned out to have built a Ponzi scheme over decades, the greatest financial fraud in U.S. history. We learn how Madoff orchestrated his scheme and … Continue reading The Wizard of Lies

Remembering Michael Ballhaus

Noted cinematographer Michael Ballhaus died a month ago at the age of 81, and sadly I never got around to writing a blog entry about him. But now is a time as good as any. Every time a respected, influential artist in the film community who isn’t a famous actor or director passes away, it’s … Continue reading Remembering Michael Ballhaus

The Russia House

A SPY STORY… A LOVE STORY… A STORY TO CROSS ALL BOUNDARIES. After receiving a mysterious manuscript from a Soviet woman (Michelle Pfeiffer), British publisher ”Barley” Scott Blair (Sean Connery) is interrogated by MI6 and later sent as a spy to the Soviet Union to find a man called ”Dante”. A spy thriller with appealing … Continue reading The Russia House

People Like Us

FIND YOUR FAMILY.  Just as he’s going through a work-related crisis, Sam (Chris Pine) learns that his father has died; they were never close, but it turns out that the old man had a secret… Screenwriter Alex Kurtzman’s directing debut is more earnest than most of the adventures that he and partner Roberto Orci usually … Continue reading People Like Us

A Player Turns 55

Tim Robbins turned 55 years old yesterday; earlier in September he appeared on Late Show with David Letterman and talked, among other things, about moving to California a few years ago. That was around the time when he ended his 20-year-old relationship with Susan Sarandon, and I guess the actor decided that this was a moment … Continue reading A Player Turns 55

Dark Shadows

EVERY FAMILY HAS ITS DEMONS. In 1972, a vampire (Johnny Depp) is accidentally freed from his buried coffin and returns to his Maine family mansion; a lot has changed in 200 years, but the witch who turned him into a bloodsucker is still around. A very Tim Burton-esque adaptation of the classic 1966-1971 horror soap, … Continue reading Dark Shadows

A Standing Ovation for Michelle Pfeiffer, 55

Michelle Pfeiffer is 55 years old today and deserves a standing ovation. After training to be a court stenographer, she decided to be an actor. Her looks earned her forgettable parts (she was simply called “the bombshell” in one episode of Delta House, according to Hello! Magazine), but then she got hired for Scarface (1983). That opened … Continue reading A Standing Ovation for Michelle Pfeiffer, 55

The Greatest Hits of 2013

It’s time for that annual list of this year’s highly anticipated Hollywood films. Here’s 2013 for ya. JANUARY: * The Last Stand – Arnold Schwarzenegger’s first starring vehicle in ten years. Not expecting great things. * Broken City – Allen Hughes directs this political thriller starring Mark Wahlberg and Russell Crowe. FEBRUARY: * Warm Bodies … Continue reading The Greatest Hits of 2013

New Year’s Eve

THE ONE NIGHT ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE. Garry Marshall followed up his ensemble piece Valentine’s Day (2010) with a similar film, made to entertain young and old as we contemplate the (romantic?) possibilities of a new year. The cast is full of stars, but focus tends to lie on younger, popular talent. What everybody has in common though … Continue reading New Year’s Eve

Hairspray

IT WAS A TIME OF TRADITION, A TIME OF VALUES, AND A TIME… TO SHAKE THINGS UP. Baltimore, 1962; plump teenager Tracy Turnblad (Nikki Blonsky) gets the chance to dance on a popular TV show but faces stiff resistance… not least when she becomes engaged in the civil rights movement. Not really a remake of the … Continue reading Hairspray

Stardust

THE FAIRYTALE THAT WON’T BEHAVE.  Teenager Tristan (Charlie Cox) crosses a wall into a magical realm where he goes looking for a fallen star that he intends to bring to a girl he loves, but there’s dangerous competition. The Layer Cake director got Neil Gaiman’s blessing to bring his novel to the big screen, but … Continue reading Stardust