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In the Electric Mist – Starring Tommy Lee Jones

Posted by the editors on Sunday, 22 January 2012

In the Electric Mist (2009)  Directed by Bertrand Tavernier, starring Tommy Lee JonesJohn GoodmanPeter SarsgaardKelly MacdonaldMary Steenburgen and Levon Helm.  In this crime drama, laced with magical realism, set in the bayou and back country of Louisiana, Tommy Lee Jones, portraying an recovering alcoholic, Vietnam veteran, parish police detective, investigates the murder of a young prostitute.  Though the cast is clearly top notch and the potential to be more is there in the portrayals by all of the major actors; unfortunately, their acting seems, somehow, somewhat uninspired.  The failure to really come together could very well be due to the poor screenwriting, based on the novel In the Electric Mist with Confederate Dead by James Lee Burke, that fails to create much tension or develop characters, and is otherwise equally ineffectual and splintered.  (PR)

See our posts on the films The Company Men, The Fugitive, starring Tommy Lee Jones and The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, directed by and starring Tommy Lee Jones.

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The Company Men – Starring Ben Affleck, Tommy Lee Jones, Chris Cooper & Kevin Costner

Posted by the editors on Thursday, 5 January 2012

The Company Men (2010) Starring Ben Affleck, Tommy Lee Jones, Chris Cooper and Kevin Costner, written and directed by John Wells.  Given the title and the cast, one could think that The Company Men was sharp, gritty film about the CIA and its operatives.  And one would be wrong.  In fact The Company Men is a drama about upper echelon corporate American men, of various ages, all from the same global firm, and how they deal with losing their jobs.  Of course, The Company Men could have been about that same subject and been sharp and gritty as well, and it is not, and it’s unfortunate that, with such a cast, the opportunity was missed.  Tommy Lee Jones, Chris Cooper and Kevin Costner do well with the poor script, especially Jones.  Ben Affleck’s portrayal, on the other hand, leaves very much to be desired.  However, with such poor writing and banal directing, let’s not judge the cast too severely. (PR)

See our posts on the films The Town and State of Play, starring Ben Affleck, and the films The Fugitive, In the Valley of Elah, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada and No Country for Old Men, starring Tommy Lee Jones.

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Babel – Starring Brad Pitt & Cate Blanchett, directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

Posted by the editors on Monday, 2 January 2012

Babel (2006)  Directed by Alejandro González Inarritu ( Amores perros (2000), 21 Grams (2003), Biutiful (2010)), starring Brad Pitt (12 Monkeys (1995), Burn After Reading (2008), Moneyball (2011)), Cate Blanchett (Elizabeth (1998), The Aviator (2004), The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)), Gael García BernalKoji Yakusho, in an outstanding ensemble cast, written by Guillermo Arriaga (Amores perros (2000), 21 Grams (2004), The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005), The Burning Plain (2009)), with Academy Award-winning music by Gustavo Santaolalla (Brokeback Mountain (2005), Into the Wild (2007), Biutiful (2010)).  This drama, in which a tragic event links multiple interwoven story lines, two in Morocco, one in Japan, and one in California and Mexico, is the poignant story of north, south, east, west, parents, children, love, loss, anguish, trust, hope and tragedy. As befits its title, Babel is about language, of course, and its diversity; among the languages present in the film are English, Spanish, Japanese, Berber and sign language, and the diverse cultural and environmental contexts are wonderfully present through richly visual characterisations, from the vast, natural rugged terrain of Morocco to the dense, man-made mass of urban Japan, and through powerful and evocative sound and music.   The biblical story of Babel is, in a nutshell, that as punishment for trying to build a tower that would reach heaven, the human race was scattered over the face of the earth, dispersed, divided and unable to communicate.  And, in the film, communication is indeed very difficult, not only across languages and cultures but within them, between individuals.  However, through the powerful and sensitive use of close-ups, the exquisite writing and the purity of the acting on the part of virtually the entire cast, it is very much the case that, beyond words, or perhaps beneath them, human emotion is very much something we all share, we can all understand.  Children are extremely important in the film, from a lost child, to the two young Moroccan brothers, to the two young Americans brought to Mexico, to the distraught teenage Japanese girl so powerfully portrayed by Rinko Kikuchi; Inarritu has dedicated the film “To my children…the brightest of lights in the darkest night..”  Babel is not an easy film; it is filled with tragedy and near-tragedy, yet through its inspired writing, outstanding directing, humble and beautiful acting, it is a truly excellent film, contemporary and yet perhaps timeless, and most definitely a must-see.  And if you’ve already seen it, see it again, it is only that much richer an experience. (PR)

See our posts on the films Inglourious Basterds, starring Brad Pitt and The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, written by Guillermo Arriaga and directed by and starring Tommy Lee Jones.

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The Fugitive – Starring Harrison Ford & Tommy Lee Jones

Posted by the editors on Monday, 19 December 2011

The Fugitive (1993)  Directed by Andrew Davis (Under Siege (1992), Collateral Damage (2002)), starring Harrison Ford (Witness (1985), The Devil’s Own (1997), Cowboys & Aliens (2011), and many more) and Tommy Lee Jones (Coal Miner’s Daughter (1980), JFK (1991), The Sunset Limited (2011)).  In this iconic thriller, brimming with action, Harrison Ford is excellent as fugitive falsely convicted murderer Dr. Richard Kimble and Tommy Lee Jones is superb as the hard, determined Deputy Marshall Samuel Gerard, a portrayal for which he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, whose task it is to track the equally determined Dr. Kimble.  Andrew Davis’ directing is tight and sharp, maintaining an exquisite level of tension throughout the film, aided by excellent special effects and highly effective music by James Newton Howard.  The supporting cast is without fault, including Julianne Moore, in a small role as an emergency room doctor.  If you haven’t seen The Fugitive, see it, and if you have seen the film, see it again.  It’s really that good. (PR)

See our posts on the film Extraordinary Measures with Harrison Ford, and the films In the Valley of Elah and No Country for Old Men, starring Tommy Lee Jones, and the film The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, directed by, and starring, Tommy Lee Jones.  Also see our post on the film Chloe, starring Julianne Moore.

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In the Valley of Elah – Starring Tommy Lee Jones, Charlize Theron & Susan Sarandon

Posted by the editors on Wednesday, 23 November 2011

In the Valley of Elah (2007)(DVD)  Written and directed by Paul Haggis (as screenwriterMillion Dollar Baby (2004), Flags of Our Fathers (2006), Letters from Iwo Jima (2006), Casino Royale (2006), Quantum of Solace (2008)), starring Tommy Lee Jones (The Fugitive (1993), The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005), No Country for Old Men (2007) and many others)Charlize Theron (Monster (2003), North Country (2005), Hancock (2008), The Burning Plain (2009), The Road (2009))Susan Sarandon (The Witches of Eastwick (1987), Thelma & Louise (1991), The Lovely Bones (2009), Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010)), Josh Brolin (No Country for Old Men (2007), W. (2008), Milk (2008), True Grit (2010)) and others.  In the Valley of Elah, a somber, complex and powerful film, portrays a veteran and father’s search for the murderers of his soldier son, and deals with issues such as the war in Iraq, post-traumatic stress disorder, racism, misogyny, and violence.  Tommy Lee Jones is excellent, rigid, harsh, cold, determined, Charlize Theron, as a police detective, is equally good, sober, human, perseverant, overwhelmed.  Susan Sarandon, in a smaller role, as the wife of Jones’s character and mother of the murdered soldier is very good, detached, distraught, lost; Josh Brolin, in a very small role as Theron’s character’s police superior, is, if briefly, perfect.  In the Valley of Elah is not an easy film, and includes some graphic, gruesome scenes in its portrait of alienated, morally lost Americans. (PR)

See our posts on the films The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada and No Country for Old Men, with Tommy Lee Jones, and Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, with Susan Sarandon.

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