Tag Archives: Susan Sarandon

Thelma & Louise: Women on the Run

SOMEBODY SAID GET A LIFE… SO THEY DID. Callie Khouri, who had written the screenplay for ”Thelma & Louise” in 1988, wasn’t entirely sure that Ridley Scott was the right person to make the movie. After all, this was a guy whose films to a large share were about men and had masculine themes. And … Continue reading Thelma & Louise: Women on the Run

The Celluloid Closet

The two directors, who made the AIDS documentary Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt (1989), reunited for another gay-themed film, one that was based on Vito Russo’s 1981 book on how homosexuals have been portrayed in Hollywood movies. Making this documentary was a long process, with Russo as an active participant right up to his … Continue reading The Celluloid Closet

Hollywood Wants a Challenge for Clinton

The clip above is Mark Ruffalo on his iPhone, sending a message from a movie set in London to a group of Hollywood figures urging Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren to run for President in 2016. It is so easy to make fun of this group. Last month several members of what you might call this liberal … Continue reading Hollywood Wants a Challenge for Clinton

Cloud Atlas

EVERYTHING IS CONNECTED. The Wachowski siblings hooked up with Tom Tykwer for this unwieldy adaptation of David Mitchell’s ambitious novel that connects several plot lines over six eras, from the 19th century to the distant, post-apocalyptic future. There is coherence in terms of details and overarching themes and it’s a treat to watch a cast … Continue reading Cloud Atlas

Arbitrage

POWER IS THE BEST ALIBI.   His family doesn’t know it, but Wall Street tycoon Robert Miller (Richard Gere) has cooked the books to cover an investment loss, and his relationship with a mistress is about to jeopardize everything he has. Director Nicholas Jarecki’s debut is a tense, dark and smart drama depicting the rot … Continue reading Arbitrage

The Greatest Hits of 2014

It’s time for that annual list of this year’s highly anticipated Hollywood films. Here’s 2014 for ya. JANUARY: * Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit – This reboot of Tom Clancy’s CIA analyst cum action hero has Chris Pine, Kevin Costner and Kenneth Branagh (who’s also directing), but the trailer disturbingly shows another variation on the Jason Bourne … Continue reading The Greatest Hits of 2014

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

The Big Wedding

IT’S NEVER TOO LATE TO START ACTING LIKE A FAMILY. When their adoptive son Alejandro (Ben Barnes) is about to get married, Don and Ellie (Robert De Niro, Diane Keaton), who are divorced, have to pretend to still be married in order to satisfy Alejandro’s biological mother. This remake of a French romantic comedy, Mon … Continue reading The Big Wedding

The Black Swan Turns 30

Mila Kunis turns 30 years old today, so congratulations! At an early age, she moved from Ukraine to Los Angeles and was hired at the age of 15 (barely) for That ’70s Show, the sitcom that became her breakthrough. At 16, she was also hired to voice the ever unfortunate Meg on Family Guy. These two shows … Continue reading The Black Swan Turns 30

Michelle Rodriguez & Topher Grace Are Now 35

Two stars turned 35 years old yesterday. I can barely believe it… but hip hip hooray! Who doesn’t love Michelle Rodriguez? We hated to see her leave the Fast and Furious franchise, but then in the very last scene of Fast Five (2011) it was clear that she was making a comeback… and there she was in Fast … Continue reading Michelle Rodriguez & Topher Grace Are Now 35

Jeff, Who Lives at Home

THE FIRST STEP TO FINDING YOUR DESTINY IS LEAVING YOUR MOTHER’S BASEMENT.  30-year-old Jeff (Jason Segel) has no job or girlfriend and lives in his mom’s (Susan Sarandon) basement in Baton Rouge, Louisiana… but his mother and brother (Ed Helms) have problems of their own. The Duplass brothers went a little more mainstream with this … Continue reading Jeff, Who Lives at Home