Tag Archives: Paul Greengrass

The Greatest Hits of 2016

It’s time for that annual list of next year’s highly anticipated Hollywood films. Here’s 2016 for ya. As always, premiere dates may change. JANUARY: * 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi – Michael Bay leaves his robots aside for a while, taking on a politically sensitive subject. Looks far from another Zero Dark Thirty (2012) though. * Kung … Continue reading The Greatest Hits of 2016

Captain Phillips: Attack on the Alabama

OUT HERE SURVIVAL IS EVERYTHING. [youtube=http://youtu.be/Sp6jpeDeQmE&w=540&h=320]   In my review of Bloody Sunday (2002), I wrote that director Paul Greengrass has a knack for making reality-based dramas look like documentaries. He repeated the same feat in the overwhelming United 93 (2006). Captain Phillips lands somewhere between these excellent films, a surprisingly strong retelling of actual … Continue reading Captain Phillips: Attack on the Alabama

The Directors Who Should Make a Snowden Movie

Does Edward Snowden really exist? That question was posed today by Washington Post’s Ezra Klein and Evan Soltas as they toyed with the idea that the Snowden story is a dream come true for the NSA. While the world focuses on the man, his pole-dancing girlfriend and the globe-trotting flight from U.S. authorities, no one … Continue reading The Directors Who Should Make a Snowden Movie

Four Best Iraq War Movies

On Hardball with Chris Matthews last Tuesday, writer Wayne Slater suggested that Republicans are finally coming to terms with the fact that the Iraq War was “mismanaged”, which was quite the understatement in Matthews’s eyes. Ten years after U.S. troops rolled into Iraq looking for weapons of mass destruction that didn’t exist, America is trying to … Continue reading Four Best Iraq War Movies

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

Green Zone

CHIEF WARRANT OFFICER ROY MILLER IS DONE FOLLOWING ORDERS. Shortly after the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq, Chief Warrant Officer Roy Miller (Matt Damon) and his team are busy trying to find WMD stashes, but the locations are empty and Miller smells a rat… Welcome to the Iraq War, Jason Bourne style. This very loose adaptation of the … Continue reading Green Zone

Bloody Sunday: A Date in Infamy

[youtube=http://youtu.be/o6zvb0naOZo&w=540&h=320]   Paul Greengrass has quickly become one of the finest directors in the first decade of the 21st century for his ability to make reality-based dramas that look like documentaries but have the kind of tension that is usually created in Hollywood’s finest thrillers. He first showed his knack for it in this film, … Continue reading Bloody Sunday: A Date in Infamy

The Bourne Ultimatum

THIS SUMMER JASON BOURNE COMES HOME.  [youtube=http://youtu.be/zIcxxtpdwEk&w=540&h=320]   As Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) goes after the people who “created” him and killed his girlfriend, more CIA operatives are realizing that he may not be the enemy. The third chapter of the Bourne saga is an exhilarating showdown between a visibly tired but highly motivated, lethal Bourne and his … Continue reading The Bourne Ultimatum

The Bourne Supremacy

THEY SHOULD HAVE LEFT HIM ALONE. Jason Bourne and Marie (Matt Damon, Franka Potente) are hiding in India, but their cover is blown and once again Bourne finds himself on the lam from the CIA. The sequel to The Bourne Identity (2002) is darker and once Potente’s character exits the story Bourne has no one really to banter … Continue reading The Bourne Supremacy