Tag Archives: William Hurt

Captain America Civil War: A Cinematic Universe About to Burst

UNITED WE STAND. DIVIDED WE FALL.  This year has seen two epic superhero movies, crafted by the film studios of rivaling comic-book powerhouses Marvel and DC Comics. The first one, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, was generally scorned, while Captain America: Civil War is getting a lot of praise. In both films, we see … Continue reading Captain America Civil War: A Cinematic Universe About to Burst

Damages: Power and Personal Ruin

  When Glenn Kessler, his younger brother Todd and Daniel Zelman got together to create a new legal show, their idea was not to follow the same path as Law & Order or David E. Kelley. There would be no lengthy courtroom showdowns, or any Boston Legal-type comedy stunts. In fact, Damages was serious business … Continue reading Damages: Power and Personal Ruin

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

Smoke

FIVE STRANGERS. FOUR SECRETS. THREE SCHEMES. TWO BEST FRIENDS. AND ONE NEIGHBORHOOD HANGOUT WHERE THE WORLD STILL MAKES SENSE.  Watching this movie is like immersing oneself into a Paul Auster novel; he wrote this collection of stories that revolve around a Brooklyn tobacco store managed by Harvey Keitel, and worked very closely with Wayne Wang. … Continue reading Smoke

Vantage Point

8 STRANGERS. 8 POINTS OF VIEW. 1 TRUTH.  The U.S. President (William Hurt) is shot during an anti-terrorism summit in Salamanca, Spain… but the perspectives of eight different people on the scene reveal a few surprises. Rashomon (1950) is still a reliable concept – every time we see the assassination attempt from a new angle, … Continue reading Vantage Point

Robin Hood

When King Richard the Lionheart is killed during a battle in France in 1199, the archer Robin Longstride (Russell Crowe) and his closest men return to England disguised as knights. Director Ridley Scott’s announcement that he’d make a Robin Hood movie was greeted with skepticism. This is one of cinema’s most oft-told tales… but he came … Continue reading Robin Hood

The Good Shepherd: Guarding the Flock

THE TRUE STORY OF THE BIRTH OF THE CIA THROUGH THE EYES OF A MAN WHO NEVER EXISTED. Robert De Niro should work as a director more often. His first film in that capacity, A Bronx Tale (1993), had a ring of truth to it and so does this story about the rise of the CIA after WWII, a pet … Continue reading The Good Shepherd: Guarding the Flock

Into the Wild: Dream or Death Wish

YOUR GREAT ADVENTURE ON ALASKA. The story of Christopher McCandless continues to be controversial. Jon Krakauer’s book, the documentary, and now this film by Sean Penn all address the positive aspects of the young man who ended up starving to death in 1992 in the Alaskan wilderness. But, as a friend of mine told me, … Continue reading Into the Wild: Dream or Death Wish

The Incredible Hulk

YOU’LL LIKE HIM WHEN HE’S ANGRY. Bruce Banner (Edward Norton) hides from the authorities while looking for an antidote for his condition; eventually he’s exposed and the Hulk faces a new, terrifying enemy. The sequel to Hulk (2003) is more of a straightforward action picture; different from the original but on the same level. The parts have been … Continue reading The Incredible Hulk

History of Violence: Shadows of the Past

EVERYONE HAS SOMETHING TO HIDE.   David Cronenberg has declared himself a “complete Darwinian”, a believer in the survival of the fittest. That is obvious in this film that became a critical acknowledgment (there were even Oscar nominations) for a director who has enjoyed a long career of bloody, absurd movies appreciated by connoisseurs and … Continue reading History of Violence: Shadows of the Past

Syriana: What Goes Around, Comes Around

EVERYTHING IS CONNECTED. This is a complex film and yet the tagline manages to sum it all up. Everything is connected. Yes it is, and this film shows how conscious acts and circumstances all work together to shape the world. We may think that we can control everything, but it is those small details that … Continue reading Syriana: What Goes Around, Comes Around