Jack Nicholson and Michael Caine are electric in ‘Blood and Wine’

Jack Nicholson and Michael Caine in 'Blood and Wine'
Jack Nicholson and Michael Caine in ‘Blood and Wine’

[rating=2]Starring: Jack Nicholson, Michael Caine, Judy Davis, Stephen Dorff, Jennifer Lopez, Harold Perrineau
Director(s): Bob Rafelson
Writer(s): Nick Villiers and Bob Rafelson

Sometimes an actor can save a weakly-made film. In Bob Rafelson’s 1996 dud Blood and Wine, though, two of the greatest actors of all time, Michael Caine and Jack Nicholson, are left to work overtime. And the results still disappoint.

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Overlooking the Self: ‘The Shining’ as an allegory of American Imperialism

Shelley Duvall (left), Danny Lloyd and Jack Nicholson head to the Overlook Hotel in 'The Shining'
Shelley Duvall (left), Danny Lloyd and Jack Nicholson head to the Overlook Hotel in ‘The Shining’

In The Shining, writer-director Stanley Kubrick presents the chilling tale of Jack Torrance, a middle-aged, all-American family man who slowly loses his mind to forces of the supernatural. When he accepts the position of caretaker at the Overlook Hotel, a massive, swank institution ornately decorated and expensively furnished, Jack opens himself up to the physical manifestation of his alter ego, a ghostly force destined to hack up his wife and son with an ax.

Throughout the film, we learn three pieces of information central to the film’s thematic progression. First, that the Overlook has quite a sordid past and remnants of the past still linger in the hallways and guest rooms of the hotel. Next, that Jack’s young son, Danny, has a form of extrasensory perception, not to mention an alter ego of his own. And, most central to the story, we discover that when given the chance, forces of evil will drive humankind to commit inhumane acts.

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Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton are wonderful together in ‘Something’s Gotta Give’

Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton get cozy in 'Something's Gotta Give'
Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton get cozy in ‘Something’s Gotta Give’

[rating=3]Starring: Jack Nicholson, Diane Keaton, Keanu Reeves, Frances McDormand, Amanda Peet
Director(s): Nancy Meyers
Writer(s): Nancy Meyers

Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton are characters that hit close to home in Something’s Gotta Give, a film that asks what if Jack and Diane got together and fell in love in a Nancy Meyers film? Jack is Harry Sanborn, a womanizer in his 60s who only dates women in their 20s. Diane Keaton is Erica Barry, an accomplished but neurotic playwright who hasn’t dated in quite a while and wears turtlenecks… in the summer. Harry, of course, is dating Erica’s 20-something daughter, Marin.

All relationships have their obstacles.

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