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The Guardian – Starring Kevin Costner & Ashton Kutcher

Posted by the editors on Thursday, 26 January 2012

The Guardian (2006)  Directed by Andrew Davis (The Fugitive (1993), Collateral Damage (2002)), starring Kevin Costner (The Untouchables (1987), Dances with Wolves (1990), The Upside of Anger (2005)) and Ashton Kutcher (The Butterfly Effect (2004), Valentine’s Day (2010)).  The Guardian, an action film about U.S. Coast Guard maritime search and rescue teams, with a leathery Kevin Costner as an aging, much-decorated veteran rescue swimmer and Ashton Kutcher as a young recruit, is full of effective, realistic special effects, unchained seas, wind, sinking ships and valiant rescues, as well as a long middle section about the training processes for new recruits.  The film is long, over two hours, the dialogue often a bit clunky and there is an abundance of rather stereotypical characters, yet there are quite a few funny moments, and some harrowing examples of selflessness in the call of duty, and, in the end, despite its shortcomings, one can’t help but come away from The Guardian without a serious impression of the risks taken and dedication required, and a much-merited respect for the Aviation Survival Technicians (rescue swimmers), and all the members of the U.S. Coast Guard teams involved. (PR)

See our posts on the films The Fugitive directed by Andrew Davis, with Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones and The Company Men with Kevin Costner, Tommy Lee Jones, Ben Affleck and others.

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Mean Streets – Directed by Martin Scorsese, starring Robert De Niro & Harvey Keitel

Posted by the editors on Saturday, 31 December 2011

Mean Streets (1973) Directed by Martin Scorsese (Taxi Driver (1976), Raging Bull (1980), Goodfellas (1990), and many other excellent films), starring Robert De Niro (The Untouchables (1987), Cape Fear (1991), Meet the Parents (2000) and, of course, many other excellent filmsand Harvey Keitel (Bad Lieutenant (1992), The Piano (1993), U-571 (2000) and many others).  This truly outstanding film, at the time of its release and still today, follows Charlie, portrayed with endearing clarity by Harvey Keitel, a young, up and coming mafioso, confused by the failure of his Catholic religious morality to have credibility in the mean streets ruled by the hard cruelty of gangsters large and small, who, at significant risk to himself, is in love with a young woman ostracised for her epilepsy, and is, as well, and at even greater risk to himself, the grand protector of her cousin, Johnny Boy, portrayed by an inspired Robert De Niro,  a maniacally self-destructive young man in deeper and deeper trouble with loan sharks.  Mean Streets is a gripping and truly original tour-de-force of film-making, shot in New York’s Little Italy, there is a vibrant, fresh, honest immediacy, to the film.  The writing (co-written by Scorsese and Mardik Martin), the light, the color, the grainy quality of the images, the captivating camera movement and excellent editing and, of course, the superlative acting, all unite to put you with the characters, in their actions, in their world; there is no explaining, there is no need, you are there.  Bursting with a physical, visual, cinematic sensuality, Mean Streets, is a masterpiece and not only worth watching, and re-watching, but a film that you simply must have in your own film library. (PR)

See our posts on the films Guilty by Suspicion and What Just Happened, starring Robert De Niro, The Good Shepherd, directed by De Niro, and City of Industry starring Harvey Keitel.

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Whatever Works

Posted by the editors on Thursday, 10 November 2011

Whatever Works (2009)(DVD)  Directed by Woody Allen (Take the Money and Run (1069), Sleeper (1973), Annie Hall (1977), Radio Days (1987), Everyone Says I Love You (1996), Match Point (2005), Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)), starring Larry David, Evan Rachel Wood (King of California (2007), Patricia Clarkson (The Untouchables (1987), The Pledge (2001), Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008), Shutter Island (2010)) and others.  This comedy could be called “old-school” Woody Allen in that Allen says he wrote it in the 1970s, which one would hardly doubt, and in the very strong impression one has is that the main character, played by Larry David, seems so very autobiographical, which, for some reason, Allen denies; sixty-something year old, Jewish intellectual New Yorker marries a 21-year old, from, shall we say, another culture.  Rachel Evan Wood is quite good, as the 21-year old Melodie, and rather amusing, Patricia Clarkson, as her mother, is also good.  Nevertheless, and perhaps due to it having been written in the ’70s and being a particular product of the era, Whatever Works is rather flat, rather boring and rather formulaic, despite some very funny lines now and again. (PR)

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The Offence

Posted by the editors on Tuesday, 15 March 2011

The Offence (1972) directed by  Sidney Lumet starring Sean Connery

The Offence (1972) (DVD) directed by Sidney Lumet starring Sean Connery, Trevor Howard, Vivien Merchant, Ian Bannen.  A tightly filmed, tense look at guilt and innocence, perversion and evil, extraordinary and powerful performances by all the actors characterise offer up an intense view of the sordid and the tormented.  Truly a MUST SEE.

Following is a brief, but impressive, list of some elements of the filmographies of the actors and director.

Ian Bannen: Flight of the Phoenix (1965), Gorky Park (1983)

Vivien Merchant: Alfie (1966), Frenzy (1972)

Trevor Howard: Brief Encounter (1945), The Third Man (1949), Sons and Lovers (1960), Ryan’s Daughter (1970)

Sean Connery: Aside from the justifiably well-known James Bond and Indiana Jones films, here are a few of Connery’s other films:  The Name of the Rose (1986), The Untouchables (1987), The Hunt for Red October (1990), The Rock (1996), Finding Forrester (2000)

Sidney Lumet:  The list of excellent films directed by Lumet is seemingly endless; here are just a few of them: 12 Angry Men (1957), The Fugitive Kind (1959), Long Day’s Journey Into Night (1962), The Hill (1965), Serpico (1973), Dog Day Afternoon (1975), Network (1976), The Verdict (1982), and more recently, Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead (2007)

(PR)

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