Tag Archives: Alan Alda

A Farewell to Two Supporting Stars

This past week, two highly talented actors who shone in supporting parts passed away.  Emma Chambers, born in 1964 in Doncaster, England, was best known to some people for Notting Hill (1999) as the kooky younger sister of Hugh Grant’s character. But to me, she’ll always be the lovably dense Alice Tinker on The Vicar of Dibley (1994-2007). In … Continue reading A Farewell to Two Supporting Stars

What Women Want

HE HAS THE POWER TO HEAR EVERYTHING WOMEN ARE THINKING. FINALLY… A MAN IS LISTENING. After accidentally electrocuting himself, cocky and womanizing Chicago ad executive Nick Marshall (Mel Gibson) realizes that he can hear what women are thinking… and the experience is a shock to him. Not one of Nancy Meyers’s finest romantic comedies, it … Continue reading What Women Want

Tower Heist

IT’S NOT JUST A ROBBERY. IT’S PAYBACK. When Josh Kovacs (Ben Stiller) and a group of employees at an exclusive NYC apartment building learn that one of the tenants, a Wall Street tycoon (Alan Alda), has embezzled their pension funds, they plot revenge. Certainly a heist movie for our times as the villain will remind audiences of Bernie … Continue reading Tower Heist

And the Band Played On

A THREAT NO ONE DARED FACE. A WORD NO ONE WANTED TO SPEAK. A FIGHT FOR MANY, FOUGHT BY FEW.  In 1981, epidemiologist Don Francis (Matthew Modine) joins a team of researchers at the CDC who are trying to figure out the causes of a very deadly disease among gay men. Randy Shilts wrote an … Continue reading And the Band Played On

West Wing: A World Without Bush

I am a political nerd. Everything concerning American politics interests me. No wonder then that this show had me glued to the TV set. I’ve tried to be objective, but can only come to the conclusion that it is brilliant. Here’s why. When Aaron Sorkin wrote the script for the film The American President (1995), he came … Continue reading West Wing: A World Without Bush

Flirting With Disaster

HAVE YOU FLIRTED YET? Young husband and father Mel Coplin (Ben Stiller) feels insecure; when he learns the identity of his biological parents, he decides to track them down. An original, entertaining film from an equally amusing director, a road movie about a man’s need to stand on solid ground as his life changes. The … Continue reading Flirting With Disaster

The Aviator: The Way of the Future

SOME MEN DREAM THE FUTURE. HE BUILT IT.  Any filmmaker who had just spent an obscene amount of time working on a huge production the size of Gangs of New York (2002) would be forgiven for taking a few years off after completing the film. Especially when that filmmaker happens to be in his 60s. … Continue reading The Aviator: The Way of the Future