Category Archives: Movies

Vanilla Sky

LOVEHATEDREAMLIFEWORKPLAYFRIENDSHIPSEX. Successful corporate leader David Aames (Tom Cruise) has a fling with a woman (Cameron Diaz) who eventually makes sure his face is destroyed. An unnecessary remake of the Spanish thriller Open Your Eyes (1997); the biggest mistake is committed by Cameron Crowe the writer who doesn’t take the chance to rethink and develop the … Continue reading Vanilla Sky

A Knight’s Tale

HE WILL ROCK YOU. Sometime in the 14th century, a squire (Heath Ledger) assumes a knight’s title and jousts his way into a girl’s heart while also challenging a competitor (Rufus Sewell). A movie with intentional anachronisms; apparently, people used to dance to Bowie’s “Golden Years” in the Middle Ages. That silliness works to some … Continue reading A Knight’s Tale

Die Another Day

HE’S NEVER BEEN COOLER. After being tortured by the North Koreans for 14 months, James Bond (Pierce Brosnan) is released and clashes with a British adventurer, Gustav Graves (Toby Stephens). The 20th Bond movie is a 40th anniversary bash with plenty of memorabilia for the fans. But the film is overlong, Stephens’s baddy less than terrifying … Continue reading Die Another Day

The World Is Not Enough

AS THE COUNTDOWN BEGINS FOR THE NEW MILLENNIUM THERE IS STILL ONE NUMBER YOU CAN ALWAYS COUNT ON.  James Bond (Pierce Brosnan) is assigned to protect an oil tycoon (Sophie Marceau) from competitors who crave control of the world’s oil supply. Number 19 in the series was directed by a man who really knows drama best, … Continue reading The World Is Not Enough

Air Force One

HARRISON FORD IS THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES.  Russian terrorists hijack Air Force One and demand the release of their imprisoned leader but don’t reckon with the president’s (Harrison Ford) will to survive. OK, so director Wolfgang Petersen’s movie tends to get patriotic in a slightly smothering way, the president is too good to be … Continue reading Air Force One

Red Dragon

BEFORE THE SILENCE, THERE WAS THE DRAGON. Shortly after exposing psychiatrist Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) as a serial killer, FBI agent Will Graham (Edward Norton) must confront him again in order to catch another horrible murderer. You may ask yourself what point there is in remaking Manhunter (1986), but this well-told, exciting prequel to The Silence of the Lambs (1991) takes advantage … Continue reading Red Dragon

Hannibal

BREAK THE SILENCE. Ten years after The Silence of the Lambs comes an opportunity to catch up with FBI agent Clarice Starling (Julianne Moore) and the runaway serial killer Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins), as she is going through a crisis and he is spotted by a daring cop in Florence. This time author Thomas Harris seemed to care more … Continue reading Hannibal

Austin Powers in Goldmember

A NEW BREED OF EVIL. The world’s most shagadelic spy, Austin Powers (Mike Myers), attempts to thwart Dr. Evil yet another time; now he’s also facing Goldmember, a Dutchman with serious skin problems. The third time’s definitely not the charm; Myers has a flair for comedy and all the money in the world, but it’s as … Continue reading Austin Powers in Goldmember

Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me

FIRST HE FOUGHT FOR THE CROWN. NOW HE’S FIGHTING FOR THE FAMILY JEWELS! Dr. Evil goes back to 1969 in a time machine to steal Austin Powers’s (Mike Myers) mojo, the power that makes him the sexiest man alive. This sequel may be lacking in the story department, but Myers is in smashing shape as the … Continue reading Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me