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* From Dusk till Dawn – Starring George Clooney, Harvey Keitel, Quentin Tarantino & Juliette Lewis, directed by Robert Rodriguez

Posted by the editors on Monday, 6 February 2012

From Dusk till Dawn (1996)  Directed by Robert Rodriguez (Planet Terror (2007), Predators (2010)), written by Quentin Tarantino and starring George ClooneyHarvey KeitelQuentin TarantinoJuliette Lewis and Salma Hayek.  From Dusk till Dawn starts out as film about two criminals, portrayed by Clooney and a deranged Taratino, on the run, after a bank robbery, with a hostage in tow, and, somehow, once across the border and into Mexico, morphs into a rip-snorting horror film, still with Clooney and Tarantino, but with the addition of a rather subdued Harvey Keitel, and, as his daughter, Juliette Lewis, not to mention a rather sizzling, and dangerous, Salma Hayek.  The first part of From Dusk till Dawn is sharp, cynical, nasty, violent and really not bad; in the second part, well, yes, all hell breaks loose, literally, and though there are, as one would expect from a Rodriguez/Tarantino collaboration, abundant, and seriously gruesome goings-on, the film loses its edge and drags on.  Definitely not a film for everyone, especially not children, From Dusk Till Dawn nevertheless is worth viewing if one is a fan of Tarantino, or Rodriguez, and of truly nasty, body-part, horror, and to see George Clooney in a film that, in the end, one would be hard-pressed to believe he ever acted in. (PR)

See our posts on the film Predators, directed by Robert Rodriguez and starring Adrien Brody, and the films The Americanstarring George Clooney, and Mean Streets, starring Harvey Keitel.

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Mary Reilly – Starring Julia Roberts and John Malkovich

Posted by the editors on Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Mary Reilly (1996)(DVD)  Directed by Stephen Frears (Dangerous Liaisons (1988), Dirty Pretty Things (2002)), starring Julia Roberts (Pretty Woman (1990), Erin Brockovich (2000), Closer (2004), Charlie Wilson’s War (2007)), John Malkovich (In the Line of Fire (1993), Being John Malkovich (1999), Disgrace (2010)), Glenn Close (The Big Chill (1983), Dangerous Liaisons (1988), 101 Dalmatians (1996)) and others, written by Christopher Hampton based on the novel Mary Reilly by Valerie Martin, which is, of course, a parallel novel based on the novella published in 1886 by Robert Louis Stevenson, entitled Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, which since being published has been adapted to film in 1912, 1920, 1931 and 1941, at a minimum.  However interesting the historical pedigree may be, Mary Reilly, the film, was a critical and box-office flop, despite the reputation of the director, Stephen Frears, the screenwriter, Hampton, and the efforts of Roberts, Malkovich and Glenn Close.  In fact, Mary Reilly, the character portrayed by Julia Roberts, or perhaps it is Roberts in her portrayal of the character Mary Reilly, is naively simplistic and sadly shallow.  Glenn Close is seemingly obliged to over-camp her role as Madame of a house of ill repute.  John Malkovich fares somewhat better but is, as well, apparently obliged to stretch a poorly written part into at least a simulacrum of lasciviousness.   In the end, aside from the out of place special effects, perhaps it is Valerie Martin’s novel, or Christopher Hampton’s screenplay which is responsible for this disaster of a film.  Unless, of course, it is the fault of director Stephen Frears.  In any case, Mary Reilly is a film to be avoided, unless one is a truly unconditional fan of Roberts, Malkovich, or split personalities. (PR)

See our posts on the films Closer starring Julia Roberts, and Disgrace starring John Malkovich.

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The English Patient

Posted by the editors on Friday, 11 March 2011

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The English Patient, (1992), (novel), by Michael Ondaatje.  The novel The English Patient by the Canadian-Sri Lankan author Michael Ondaatje is a wonderful novel of sensuality and despair, of individual and global ethics permeated by a marvelous sense of delicate detail.  Winner of the Canadian Governor General’s Award and The Booker Prize, the novel was made into an eponymous award-winning film (9 Oscars, among other awards!) by Anthony Minghella with Ralph Fiennes, Kristin Scott Thomas, Willem Dafoe, Colin Firth, Juliette Binoche, and Naveen Andrews released in 1996 and still very much worth viewing. (PR)

See our posts on Michael Ondaatje’s novels Coming Through Slaughter and Divisadero.

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