Tag Archives: Sharon Stone

Mosaic

HER STORY BEGINS WHERE HER LIFE ENDS.  A murder mystery that came in the shape of this miniseries and a mobile app featuring the same footage but allowing viewers to choose perspective. Innovative, but what matters for this review is the presentation of the miniseries. The story follows two timelines; the relationships between a successful … Continue reading Mosaic

The Disaster Artist

San Francisco, the late 1990s; 19-year-old Greg Sestero (Dave Franco) is trying to become an actor and is awestruck by the take-no-prisoners approach of the mysterious Tommy Wiseau (James Franco). The story behind The Room (2003), the cult item that’s often called the most unintentionally hilarious bad movie ever made, is pretty straightforward, as we … Continue reading The Disaster Artist

Stardust Memories

Famous film director Sandy Bates (Woody Allen) is attending a retrospective of his work, while also recalling the women who inspired him over the years. A lot of people saw a lot of Woody in the director who’s constantly tormented by fans who consider his earlier, funnier movies better than the ones he’s making now. … Continue reading Stardust Memories

War and Remembrance: The Last of the Elephants

The epic follow-up to the miniseries The Winds of War (1983) was made on a daunting scale, and unsurprisingly ended up killing the 1980s trend of huge, costly miniseries because of disappointing ratings. Watching War and Remembrance now is an almost curious experience; made on a budget exceeding $100 million, you can virtually see where … Continue reading War and Remembrance: The Last of the Elephants

Lovelace

X MARKS THE LEGEND. After depicting Allen Ginsberg in Howl (2010), documentary filmmakers Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman took on another real-life person in fictionalized form, porn star Linda Lovelace, and tell the story of how she broke away from her conservative parents, found a career after making the most famous porn flick in history, … Continue reading Lovelace

Total Recall

THEY STOLE HIS MIND, NOW HE WANTS IT BACK. In 2048, construction worker Doug Quaid (Arnold Schwarzenegger) buys a memory trip to Mars as a secret agent fantasy, but the procedure goes wrong… Done in the same uncompromising, hugely entertaining way as the director’s RoboCop (1987), this movie has a sense of humor, heart-pounding action, … Continue reading Total Recall

Alpha Dog

ONE CRIME. 3 DAYS. 38 WITNESSES. California, 1999; a conflict between a drug dealer and one of his customers (Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster) results in the kidnapping of a 15-year-old kid (Anton Yelchin). This crime drama was based on real events and in a few sequences tries to create a documentary feeling. A half-hearted effort, … Continue reading Alpha Dog

Bobby

22 lives linked by a moment the world would never forget. It took Emilio Estevez many years to get this movie done, but eventually it turned into a talked-about event with a truly star-studded cast. The story follows 22 people who stay or work at the Ambassador Hotel in L.A. at the time when Robert … Continue reading Bobby

Basic Instinct: Sleeping With the Enemy

A BRUTAL MURDER. A BRILLIANT KILLER. A COP WHO CAN’T RESIST THE DANGER. Now and then comes along a film that starts a trend. The early 1990s genre of sleazy sex thrillers had mediocre fare like Sliver and disasters like Body of Evidence. But they were no match for Basic Instinct, a film that was not only sickeningly violent … Continue reading Basic Instinct: Sleeping With the Enemy

Casino

LUCK HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE GAMES THEY PLAY. “Ace” Rothstein (Robert De Niro) tries to run his Las Vegas casino as effectively as possible, but his doomed marriage to a hustler (Sharon Stone) and his friendship with a Chicago mobster (Joe Pesci) threaten to end everything. Director Martin Scorsese and writer Nicholas Pileggi reunited … Continue reading Casino

Antz

EVERY ANT HAS HIS DAY.   Worker ant Z ends up posing a major threat, along with princess Bala, to a power-crazed general in the hill. This movie and a bug’s life are fortunately what you get when CGI innovators DreamWorks and Pixar compete with each other. It’s a simple but funny, adult film that hopefully should stop you … Continue reading Antz

Basic Instinct 2

Sometimes obsession can be murder. London psychologist Michael Glass (David Morrissey) reluctantly takes on the psychopathic Catherine Tramell (Sharon Stone) who is suspected of another killing. The sequel tries to be more clever than cheap; it has nice London locations and respected actors such as Morrissey, David Thewlis and Charlotte Rampling. Stone is in marvelous shape, … Continue reading Basic Instinct 2