Tag Archives: Sam Mendes

SPECTRE

As James Bond (Daniel Craig) chases a particularly powerful villain (and shadows from his past), the British intelligence community is about to change in a way that deeply worries M (Ralph Fiennes)… The 24th Bond flick connects with the previous three, and on a deeper level with one of the most classic ingredients of Sean … Continue reading SPECTRE

The Greatest Hits of 2015

It’s time for that annual list of next year’s highly anticipated Hollywood films. Here’s 2015 for ya. JANUARY: * Blackhat – Michael Mann’s first directorial outing since Public Enemies (2009) is a cyber thriller starring Chris Hemsworth. Its January release makes it hard to really get excited about it.  * Escobar: Paradise Lost – Notorious Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar reaches … Continue reading The Greatest Hits of 2015

American Beauty: Beyond Italian Upholstery

… LOOK CLOSER. The story of how American Beauty, one of the most celebrated films of the 1990s, was made is the story of how a struggling TV writer tried to break into movies and a theater director with a flair for staging dark reinventions of musicals like “Cabaret” and “Oliver” got his huge breakthrough … Continue reading American Beauty: Beyond Italian Upholstery

Road to Perdition: In Capone’s Shadow

PRAY FOR MICHAEL SULLIVAN.    There’s a deleted scene in this film where John Rooney (Paul Newman), a local Illinois mob boss, meets with the legendary Al Capone and his closest associate, Frank Nitti (Stanley Tucci). Capone is played by Anthony LaPaglia, a very capable actor. In the end, though, director Sam Mendes decided to … Continue reading Road to Perdition: In Capone’s Shadow

Skyfall: Mommie Dearest

It was at a party thrown by Hugh Jackman in 2010 that Daniel Craig ran into Sam Mendes after downing a few cocktails. Mendes was curious about the next James Bond movie and asked Craig who’s directing it. “Well, you are”, the star blurted out. It was basically just a joke between two guys who … Continue reading Skyfall: Mommie Dearest

Revolutionary Road

  Director Sam Mendes returned to American Beauty (1999) territory with this compelling adaptation of Richard Yates’s landmark novel that addressed a crisis in marriage at a time when it was not quite socially acceptable to talk about what might go on behind the façade of idyllic 1950s suburbia. Mendes brought his wife Kate Winslet along for … Continue reading Revolutionary Road

Jarhead

WELCOME TO THE SUCK.   Anthony Swofford (Jake Gyllenhaal) and his fellow Marines are trained and shipped off to Saudi Arabia at the start of the Gulf War; their existence in the desert is colorful but pointless. This adaptation of Swofford’s bestseller is a war movie without any battle sequences, focusing on young soldiers with … Continue reading Jarhead