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* Movies: Kiss the Girls – starring Morgan Freeman & Ashley Judd

Posted by the editors on Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Movies: Kiss the Girls (1997)  Directed by Gary Fleder, starring Morgan FreemanAshley Judd, with a screenplay by David Klass based on the novel Kiss the Girls by James Patterson.  Morgan Freeman is excellent in his portrayal of a police forensic psychologist detective, full of calm, effective determination and Ashley Judd, as a surgeon, is vibrant, complex and very good, indeed.  Unfortunately, Freeman and Judd are the only two positive points in Kiss the Girls, an overly complicated thriller, with clear overtones of The Silence of the Lambs.  With poor acting on the part of the rest of the cast, and a poorly written screenplay with a prominent lack of character development, Kiss the Girls received a largely negative critical reception.  Nevertheless, for fans of Morgan Freeman and Ashley Judd, Kiss the Girls may be worth watching, though it leaves one wishing that the film around them was worthy of their participation. (PR)

See our post on the film Invictus, starring Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon.

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* The Spanish Prisoner – Written & directed by David Mamet, starring Steve Martin & Ben Gazzara

Posted by the editors on Sunday, 29 January 2012

The Spanish Prisoner (1997)  Written and directed by David Mamet (Glengarry Glen Ross (1992), Heist (2001)), starring Steve Martin (The Pink Panther (2006)), Ben Gazzara (The Big Lebowski (1998), Paris, je t’aime (2006))Campbell Scott (Off the Map (2003), The Amazing Spider-Man (2012, filming)Rebecca Pidgeon (Red (2010)) and others.  The Spanish Prisoner, a suspense drama, with excellent, Hitchcockian twists and turns, and an amusingly proper dialogue, is based, in many ways, on a con game of the same name, wherein an innocent victim is, through seemingly friendly affiliation, taken for his worth.  The acting is oddly stiff, yet somehow effective: Ben Gazzara is stiffly Gazzara, Campbell Scott, son of actor George C. Scott and actress Colleen Dewhurst, is stiffly, primly, the Boy Scout, Rebecca Pidgeon, in fact Mamet’s wife, is, crikey, nothing if not a Girl Scout a bit over-eager for a merit badge, Steve Martin, thankfully relatively subdued, is nevertheless, though primly, Steve Martin.  Or not.  And that’s where the fun begins.  Not without its faults, The Spanish Prisoner is, despite a few predictable, or not, twists and turns, even so, really quite good. (PR)

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City of Industry – Starring Harvey Keitel

Posted by the editors on Wednesday, 30 November 2011

City of Industry (1997)(DVD)  Directed by John Irvin (The Dogs of War (1980), Turtle Diary (1985), Robin Hood (1991)), starring Harvey Keitel (Taxi Driver (1976), Bugsy (1991), Reservoir Dogs (1992), The Piano (1993), Pulp Fiction (1994)), with Famke Janssen (GoldenEye (1995), X-Men (2000), X-Men: The Last Stand (2006), Bringing Up Bobby (2011)), Stephen Dorff (Public Enemies (2009)), Timothy Hutton (Ordinary People (1980), Brief Interviews with Hideous Men (2009), The Ghost Writer (2010)), and Lucy Liu (Jerry Maguire (1996), Charlie’s Angels (2000), Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003), Lucky Number Slevin (2006)), with a uncredited cameo by Elliott Gould (M*A*S*H (1970), The Long Goodbye (1973), Ocean’s Eleven (2001)Ocean’s Twelve (2004)Ocean’s Thirteen (2007), Contagion (2011)).  City of Industry, a crime drama of betrayal and revenge, often said to be influenced by Heat, a 1995 crime drama directed by Michael Mann and starring Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Val Kilmer, is, unfortunately, somewhat of a disappointment.  Keitel is very good camping Keitel, dead-pan, blunt or groaning; Stephen Dorff is mono-dimensional, nasty and stupid, with terrible hair; Timothy Hutton appears to be, frankly, in the wrong movie.  And so one is all the more pleased to see Famke Janssen, tall, lost, sexy and jangly, just so, and Lucy Liu, however briefly, impenetrable and even sexier, not to mention an uncredited, and equally brief, amusing appearance by Elliott Gould as a loan-shark.  Admittedly however, the writing leaves a great deal to be desired, as does the directing and the music really doesn’t work at all.  What is interesting, though, is the wonderfully multi-ethnic – Chinese, Black, Hispanic, White – nature of the criminals and their gangs, all brutal, blood-thirsty and slow-witted. (PR)

See our post on the wonderfully entertaining 1973 film starring Elliott Gould, The Long Goodbye.

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As Good as It Gets – Starring Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt, Greg Kinnear

Posted by the editors on Saturday, 26 November 2011

As Good as It Gets (1997)(DVD)  Directed by James L. Brooks, starring  Jack Nicholson (Chinatown (1974), Terms of Endearment (1983), Ironweed (1987), About Schmidt (2002), The Departed (2006), and many other films)Helen Hunt (Pay It Forward (2000), Then She Found Me (2008))Greg Kinnear (Nurse Betty (2000), Little Miss Sunshine (2006), Flash of Genius (2008)) and Cuba Gooding, Jr. (Boyz n the Hood (1991), Jerry Maguire (1996), American Gangster (2007)).  In this  thoroughly amusing romantic comedy, Jack Nicholson is magnificent as Melvin Udall, a misanthropic romantic novelist with obsessive-compulsive disorder, a role for which he deservedly won the Academy Award for Best Actor (1998) and  Helen Hunt, winning the Oscar for Best Actress (1998), is really very good as Carol, a waitress, and over-protective single mother.  Greg Kinnear is great as Simon Bishop, a dog-owning gay artist and Melvin’s (Nicholson) next door neighbor.  As Good as It Gets, classic nasty Nicholson, a critical and box-office success, though flirting with the difficult subjects of homophobia, psychological disorders and the difficulties of being a single parent, nevertheless succeeds in being an enjoyable, if somewhat sentimental, comedy. (PR)

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Fireworks (Hana-Bi) by Takeshi Kitano

Posted by the editors on Sunday, 11 September 2011

 

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Hana-bi (Fireworks) by Takeshi Kitano

Hana-Bi (Fireworks, in English) (1997)(DVD)  Written, directed and edited by Takeshi Kitano, starring “Beat Takeshi” (Takeshi Kitano) and winner of the Golden Lion for Best Film at the 1997 Venice Film Festival, with a score was composed by renowned Japanese composer Joe Hisaishi.  Serene and brutal, melancholy, tender, loving and stylized Hana-Bi, is an exceptional film by an exceptional artist.  The film includes many scenes in which Kitano’s own pointillist, pop, surreal paintings, made during his recovery from a terrible motorcycle accident in 1994, are, if not featured, certainly present, haunting, and quite moving. (PR)

See our other posts on the films directed and/or starring Takeshi Kitano: Sonatine, Boiling Point and Battle Royale

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