[rating=4]Starring: Michael Moore Director(s): Michael Moore Writer(s): Michael Moore
Michael Moore, purveyor of such stirring works as Roger and Me and TV Nation, does it again giving America a hard dose of reality with his new film Bowling for Columbine. This is Mr. Moore’s investigation into America’s obsession with guns and violence.
[rating=4]Starring: Gabriel Byrne, Marcia Gay Harden, John Turturro, Jon Polito, J.E. Freeman, Albert Finney Director(s): Joel Coen and Ethan Coen Writer(s): Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
When Miller’s Crossing opened the New York Film Festival in 1990 it was going to be the film that would see the Coens hit the big time at last and simultaneously make Gabriel Byrne an international superstar. Somehow this didn’t happen, and I’m at a loss to explain why.
[rating=4]Starring: Laurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine, George Sanders, Judith Anderson Director(s): Alfred Hitchcock Writer(s): Screenplay by Philip MacDonald, Michael Hogan, Robert E. Sherwood, and Joan Harrison; based upon the novel by Daphne Du Maurier
To precede any one of Hitchcock’s films with “Hitchcock’s Masterpiece…” is practically redundant. It’s like calling the theory of relativity “Einstein’s Stroke of Genius” or calling David “Michelangelo’s Breathtaking Sculpture”: It simply goes without saying. So, when talking about a Hitchcock film, one should just assume a discussion of a truly great piece of filmmaking. Rebecca, currently available in a Criterion Collection double-disc set, is no exception.
[rating=4]Starring: Richard Dreyfuss, François Truffaut, Teri Garr, Melinda Dillon Director(s): Steven Spielberg Writer(s): Steven Spielberg
When I was a wee-lad, I can remember seeing Close Encounters of the Third Kind on television. Originally released in 1977, it was in theaters a second time in 1979. However, I was still young at the time, and have no memory of seeing it in the theaters.
[rating=3]Starring: Sean Astin, Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin, Jeff Cohen, Kerri Green, Martha Plimpton, Jonathan Ke Quan, John Matuszak, Robert Davi, Joe Pantoliano, Anne Ramsey Director(s): Richard Donner Writer(s): Screenplay by Christopher Columbus, Story by Steven Spielberg
When I was a kid, I was completely drawn in by The Goonies. A pure escapist childhood fantasy from the mind of Steven Spielberg. I went to see it with my friends several times. I made treasure maps at home, going so far as to literally burn the paper in the oven to brown it, then take a match and singe the edges.
[rating=1]Starring: Renée Zellweger, Colin Firth, Hugh Grant Director(s): Sharon Maguire Writer(s): Screenplay by Helen Fielding, Andrew Davies, Richard Curtis, based upon the novel by Helen Fielding
For those of you who read my Made review, then you are already aware that I rented this film because my wife wanted me to get a film “she would like”. Of course, she didn’t completely believe I was actually going to bring home one for her, but, I did.
[rating=3]Starring: Vince Vaughn, Jon Favreau, Peter Falk, P. Diddy Director(s): Jon Favreau Writer(s): Jon Favreau
Swingers was one of those movies that I wound up seeing more than a dozen times because the pay-cable channels just loved showing it. Now, they love showing lots of movies, and I don’t constantly tune in for them. But Swingers was funny, and I enjoyed the inside film jokes, as well as the obvious ones.