Monthly Archives: December 2010

Most definitely a character driven film…

Auntie Mame (1958) Dir: Morton DaCosta Stars: Rosalind Russell, Roger Smith, Forrest Tucker and Peggy Cass There are films that are driven by story.  There’s a bomb in a building and the characters involved have to get it out, or … Continue reading

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Was he there, or was he not?

The Bishop’s Wife (1947) Dir: Henry Koster Stars: Cary Grant, Loretta Young, David Niven and Monty Woolley This title will be the third of four titles I’ll cover this holiday season in the spirit of Christmas: and a great title … Continue reading

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It’s just like Die Hard 2, Commando, Rambo 3, Showdown in Little Tokyo and the like…

The Expendables (2010) Dir: Sylvester Stallone Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture and Eric Roberts Is this film a “skip”?  No!  At least not for me it isn’t, because I love the movies I mention … Continue reading

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Stop the Presses – Casting News

For those of you who are not fans of Goodfellas, Raging Bull, Casino – and of course, the epic classic Heat – read no further. For those of you who are fans of the films listed above, get ready to … Continue reading

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Why I Love Film Chapter 3 – Foreign Films

Sin Nombre (2009, Mexico) Dir: Cary Fukunaga Stars: Edgar Flores, Paulina Gaitan, Diana Garcia and Kristian Ferrer Terribly Happy (2008, Denmark) Dir: Henrik Ruben Genz Stars: Jakob Cedergren, Lene Maria Christensen, Kim Bodnia and Jens Jorn Spottag A Prophet (2009, … Continue reading

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What’s on your bucket list?

The Bucket List (2007) Dir: Rob Reiner Stars: Jack Nicholson, Morgan Freeman, Sean Hayes and Rob Morrow Talk about a film with lots of pluses and plenty of minuses.  Let’s delve into the positives of The Bucket List first, shall … Continue reading

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“Welcome to the party, pal!”

  Die Hard (1987) Dir: John McTiernan Stars: Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Alexander Godunov, Reginald VelJohnson and Robert Davi In an effort to cover several great Christmas movies this holiday season, I’m going to take a slight step backwards from … Continue reading

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In the tradition of Conan the Barbarian, 300 and Gladiator, I give you Centurion

Centurion (2010) Dir: Neil Marshall Stars: Michael Fassbender, Dominic West and Olga Kurylenko This entry might be my most abbreviated because the nature of Centurion is so straight forward: you’re either in, or you’re out!  Do you like Roman movies?  … Continue reading

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Those folks in those hills live differently

Winter’s Bone Dir: Debra Granik Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, John Hawkes, Dale Dickey and Garrett Dillahunt The Ozark mountains are inhabited by the same kinds of people that grew up in the Louisiana swamp or the Hawaiian Islands or the Oklahoma … Continue reading

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She knows the white swan: it’s the black swan…

  Black Swan (2010) Director: Darren Aronovsky Stars: Natalie Portman, Vincent Cassel, MILA KUNIS, Winona Ryder and Barbara Hershey Before seeing Black Swan, I knew very little about Swan Lake, the famous ballet.  That said, Mr. Aronovsky’s film helped educate me on … Continue reading

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