Tag Archives: Topher Grace

BlacKkKlansman: Joining Trump’s “Good People”

INFILTRATE HATE.  One year after the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that ended with a murdered counter-protester, this film had its U.S. premiere. Taking place largely in the 1970s, Spike Lee’s most powerful movie in twenty years draws clear connections to present days, showing how the threat of racism simply won’t disappear. One of … Continue reading BlacKkKlansman: Joining Trump’s “Good People”

War Machine

WE’RE GOING TO LIBERATE THE SHIT OUT OF YOU.  After a successful tour in Iraq, four-star general Glen McMahon (Brad Pitt) is relocated to Afghanistan to help steer that war in the right direction. Former documentary filmmaker David Michôd adapted the book that chronicled General Stanley McChrystal’s time in Afghanistan (which ended in his dismissal), … Continue reading War Machine

Interstellar: Escape From Earth

MANKIND WAS BORN ON EARTH. IT WAS NEVER MEANT TO DIE HERE.  The day I saw this movie, I woke up feeling sad over what is a very common dream for me. It had taken me back to my teenage years, or childhood (time is not all that important in these dreams) and I was … Continue reading Interstellar: Escape From Earth

Traffic: The Never-Ending Story

NO ONE GETS AWAY CLEAN.  After watching Traffik, a 1990 British miniseries portraying the illegal drugs trade from the Pakistani opium poppy grower to the British user, Steven Soderbergh knew that the story would work just as well transferred to an American and Mexican setting. He also knew that he wanted a reportage feel, which is … Continue reading Traffic: The Never-Ending Story

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

Too Big to Fail

MAIN STREET TOOK THE FALL. WALL STREET GOT THE CHECK.  August 2008; when the Lehman Brothers CEO (James Woods) fails to come up with a deal to save the bank, it is up to the Treasury Secretary (William Hurt) to make the private sector swallow a bitter pill or two. Director Curtis Hanson’s first TV … Continue reading Too Big to Fail

Predators

FEAR IS REBORN. A group of killers, including a black ops soldier (Adrien Brody) who assumes leadership, are dropped into a jungle where they seem to be hunted by predatory aliens. Not really a remake of the original Predator (1987); co-producer Robert Rodriguez prefers to see this film as the third chapter in the franchise. Actually, it looks … Continue reading Predators

Valentine’s Day

A LOVE STORY. MORE OR LESS. If Hallmark Valentine’s Day cards make you go “aww”, then this is a movie for you. Director Garry Marshall and his star-studded cast introduce us to a great number of stories about people and their romantic relationships on the supposedly most love-filled day of the year, most of them … Continue reading Valentine’s Day

Mona Lisa Smile

IN A WORLD THAT TOLD THEM HOW TO THINK, SHE SHOWED THEM HOW TO LIVE. In 1953, new arts history teacher Katherine Watson (Julia Roberts) arrives at the prestigious Wellesley College in Massachusetts and tries to make her female students consider a career, not just marriage. A movie in the vein of Dead Poets Society (1989), … Continue reading Mona Lisa Smile

Spider-Man 3

HOW LONG CAN ANY MAN FIGHT THE DARKNESS… BEFORE HE FINDS IT IN HIMSELF? Life is sweet for Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire), but there’s clouds on the horizon in the shape of heartbreak, a strange force from outer space, and new villains. Spidey has a lot on his plate in this film and it tends … Continue reading Spider-Man 3