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Guilty by Suspicion – Starring Robert De Niro & Annette Bening

Posted by the editors on Thursday, 29 December 2011

Guilty by Suspicion (1991)  Written and directed by Irwin Winkler (The Net (1995), Home of the Brave (2006)), starring Robert De Niro (Analyze This (1999), The Good Shepherd (2006), Limitless (2011) and many others), Annette Bening (American Beauty (1999), The Kids Are All Right (2010)) and others.  Robert De Niro is superb in this drama about a successful Hollywood film director, David Merrill, portrayed with great humanism by De Niro, in the midst of the Hollywood Blacklist and the U.S. Congress‘s House Un-American Activities Committee‘s witch-hunt for Communists in the film and television industry in the 1950s.  Merrill (De Niro) goes from high-flying, Hollywood insider to joblessness, tracked incessantly by the FBI, as are many of his friends and colleagues in the film industry, as we watch the devastating effects on individuals and families, and the anguish of their impossible moral dilemmas, brought about by the government in its fanatical pursuit of Communists, real or imagined.  The atmosphere of the film, and the detailed care given to its creation, is highly effective, the writing is almost always excellent, and the acting really very good; De Niro as Merrill is outstanding, naturally enough, but Annette Bening as Ruth Merrill, his estranged wife, is also, frankly, close to perfect.  Guilty by Suspicion is a must-see film, not simply for the atmosphere and the acting, but also as a relatively unsentimental look at a horrific chapter in American history. (PR)

See our posts on the films The Good Shepherd, directed by Robert De Niro, Limitless, starring Bradley Cooper with Robert De Niro, and What Just Happened starring Robert De Niro, Sean Penn and Bruce Willis.

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Limitless – Starring Bradley Cooper, with Robert De Niro

Posted by the editors on Friday, 2 December 2011

Limitless (2011)(DVD)    Directed by Neil Burger (The Illusionist (2006)), starring Bradley Cooper (The Hangover (2009), The Hangover Part II (2011))Abbie Cornish, and Robert De Niro (The King of Comedy (1983), Cape Fear (1991), Analyze This (1999), What Just Happened (2008) and, of course, many others), based on the novel The Dark Fields by Alan Glynn.  On the surface, Limitless, a thriller, can, perhaps, be summed up as:  Presuming humans use only 20% of their over-sized brains, if you came across a biochemical means (that’s a drug to you and me, pseudo-nootropics to those in the know) to use all of that brain’s capacity, what would you do?  Of course, you’d use it to make lots and lots of money very fast, seduce sexy partners, buy new clothes and a new apartment, order food in the appropriate language when you go to restaurants (Chinese is a Chinese restaurant, Italian in an Italian restaurant, and so on) and become, in the end, an above-the-law politician.  Right?  In fact, Limitless is a concatenation of music videos and televisual advertising sequences in the guise of a thriller with a rhythm for those who, like the protagonist’s ex-wife, are unable to concentrate for more than 10 minutes (though the film reduces that to roughly 10 seconds).  There is, also, an awful lot that qualifies as routine: Russian gangsters, Wall Street greed and maneuvering.   This is not to say it isn’t amusing; like a 10 second ad that, well, lasts one hour and 45 minutes.  Obviously someone thinks, or thought, that Bradley Cooper has impressive charisma and an extraordinarily broad range.  Let’s say that he’s not terrible (he is a comic and TV presence in the US, after all).  However, that Abbie Cornish would get second billing is surely a testimony to her agent and lawyer, at the very least; she’s hardly in the film, and then when she is, one would have hoped for something better.  Robert De Niro, in his brief moments on screen, shows how it could be done, and even then one gets the distinct impression that his heart’s not only not in it, but that he may be late for lunch.  Nevertheless, one could say, as A.O. Scott of The New York Times said, Limitless is a “cynical fable..for an age of greed and speed.”  Perhaps. (PR)

See our post on the film What Just Happened, starring Robert De Niro, Sean Penn, Bruce Willis.

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