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About Schmidt – Starring Jack Nicholson

Posted by the editors on Sunday, 18 December 2011

About Schmidt (2002)  Directed and co-written by Alexander Payne (Election (1999), Sideways (2004), The Descendants (2011)), starring Jack Nicholson (As Good as It Gets (1997), The Departed (2006), and many others).   In this award-winning comedy-drama (Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay, as well as Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture), Jack Nicholson is magistral as a disillusioned and depressed, retired and widowed 66-year old ex-insurance executive, struggling to find meaning in his life.  Spiced with moments of comedy, from slapstick to ridicule, About Schmidt, is, in fact, a bittersweet drama with an unfortunate and superficially sentimental ending.  Nevertheless, a box-office and critical success, About Schmidt is definitely worth viewing for the excellent, restrained portrayal offered by Nicholson. (PR)

See our posts on the films The Pledge, starring Nicholson and directed by Sean Penn, and As Good as it Gets, for which Nicholson won the Academy Award for Best Actor.

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Syriana – Starring George Clooney & Matt Damon

Posted by the editors on Monday, 28 November 2011

Syriana (2005) (DVD) Written and directed by Stephen Gaghan (as writer, Traffic (2000), Rules of Engagement (2000), The Alamo (2004), starring George Clooney (O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000), Good Night, and Good Luck (2005), Michael Clayton (2007), Up in the Air (2009), The Ides of March (2011) and many others)Matt Damon (The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999), The Departed (2006), The Informant! (2009), Invictus (2009), True Grit (2010) and many other films)Jeffrey Wright (W. (2008), Quantum of Solace (2008), The Ides of March (2011)) in an ensemble cast including Chris CooperAmanda PeetWilliam HurtChristopher Plummer and others.  An astounding, excellent and truly contemporary global petro-political thriller, Syriana, through multiple parallel story lines and diverse locations, is a thought-provoking, and thoroughly emotionally and intellectually engaging look at devious and dangerous international big oil, mixing politics, terrorism, business, assassination, profit and spies.  The acting is very good (Clooney won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as CIA agent Bob Barnes), and Gaghan’s writing and directing are sharp and extremely effective.  Complex and hypnotic, Syriana is a must-see thriller. (PR)

See our posts on Solaris, starring George Clooney, and The Informant! and Invictus, starring Matt Damon.

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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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