Tag Archives: Amanda Peet

Please Give

One of director Nicole Holofcener’s most successful ensemble pieces is low-key but charming, funny and even moving, featuring characters that behave like real people. It’s a perfect marriage between perceptive writing and gifted acting; the entire cast is wonderful, but Catherine Keener is the standout as a New York City furniture dealer who doesn’t know … Continue reading Please Give

Melinda and Melinda

ONE LOVE STORY. TWO VERSIONS. SERIOUSLY FUNNY. During a dinner, a comedian and a playwright begin discussing two different approaches to the same story, one tragic and the other humorous. An amusing little experiment for director Woody Allen who tries to have it both ways rather than make a traditional decision on how to treat a … Continue reading Melinda and Melinda

2012

WE WERE WARNED. Solar radiation causes the Earth’s core to heat up, resulting in unprecedented geophysical activity; our planet is doomed, but there’s a secret emergency plan. Director Roland Emmerich intended to make his final (not so much) and ultimate disaster movie, based on the belief that the Maya calendar predicts the end of the world. … Continue reading 2012

The X Files: I Want to Believe

BELIEVE AGAIN. When an FBI agent is kidnapped, Fox Mulder and Dana Scully (David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson) are consulted by the Bureau; the only clue is a disgraced priest (Billy Connolly) with psychic abilities. Ten years after the first film, the stars were reunited with the original show’s creator for the production of a sequel that was shrouded … Continue reading The X Files: I Want to Believe

The Ex

CREDIT-GRABBING, BACK-STABBING, WIFE-NABBING. JUST ANOTHER DAY AT THE OFFICE.  Tom Reilly (Zach Braff) goes to work for his father-in-law at an ad agency and starts feuding with a wheelchair-bound childhood friend (Jason Bateman) of his wife’s. One of those movies with a cast of TV personalities and a script loaded with sitcom dialogue; when so … Continue reading The Ex

She’s the One

A FILM ABOUT LOVE, MARRIAGE, HAPPINESS… AND THE LITTLE DISTRACTIONS IN BETWEEN. Mick Fitzpatrick (Edward Burns) meets a woman and marries her at the same time as his brother (Mike McGlone) is cheating on his wife with Mick’s ex-girlfriend. Director Burns followed up on his critically acclaimed The Brothers McMullen (1995) with another movie about … Continue reading She’s the One

Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip

It was supposed to be Aaron Sorkin’s great follow-up to The West Wing, featuring parts of the same cast and crew. A knowing look behind the scenes of a Saturday Night Live-type show, the focus was on two brilliant comedy writers and producers who were asked to save the show even though they once had been fired … Continue reading Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip

Syriana: What Goes Around, Comes Around

EVERYTHING IS CONNECTED. This is a complex film and yet the tagline manages to sum it all up. Everything is connected. Yes it is, and this film shows how conscious acts and circumstances all work together to shape the world. We may think that we can control everything, but it is those small details that … Continue reading Syriana: What Goes Around, Comes Around