Tag Archives: Anjelica Huston

Manhattan Murder Mystery

When one of their neighbors suddenly dies, the Liptons (Woody Allen, Diane Keaton) begin to suspect that her husband is a killer… This hugely enjoyable but lightweight comedy with Hitchcockian flavors was originally going to be the story for Annie Hall (1977), but Allen found use for it a decade and a half later. Watching … Continue reading Manhattan Murder Mystery

John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum

IF YOU WANT PEACE, PREPARE FOR WAR. When a contract worth $14 million is made on his life, John Wick (Keanu Reeves) has to fight his way out of New York and come up with a plan to save himself from the organization that once employed him. It’s been said that the original intention was … Continue reading John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum

Isle of Dogs

20 years into the future, the mayor of a Japanese city banishes all dogs to an isolated island after an outbreak of canine influenza. Wes Anderson returned to animated films after Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009), once again with talking animals in the leads. The director was inspired by Kurosawa films and the Rankin/Bass animation from … Continue reading Isle of Dogs

The Grifters

SEDUCTION. BETRAYAL. MURDER. WHO’S CONNING WHO? Veteran con artist Lilly Dillon (Anjelica Huston) meets her son (John Cusack) for the first time in eight years and realizes that he’s been seriously hurt; after getting him to a hospital, she meets his mysterious girlfriend (Annette Bening)… The same year as Martin Scorsese directed GoodFellas, he also … Continue reading The Grifters

The Last Tycoon

HE HAS THE POWER TO MAKE ANYONE’S DREAM COME TRUE… EXCEPT HIS OWN.  In the 1930s, Monroe Stahr (Robert De Niro) is the youngest and most successful studio executive in Hollywood, but he becomes obsessed with a woman… F. Scott Fitzgerald never finished the novel before his death, but Harold Pinter adds his own touch … Continue reading The Last Tycoon

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest: The Crazy Ones

IF HE’S CRAZY, WHAT DOES THAT MAKE YOU? Author Ken Kesey considered himself a link between beatniks and hippies, a critic of behaviorism and the conventional. His most famous novel, “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”, celebrated anti-authoritarianism and was made into a play the year after its publication, 1962. When the time came for … Continue reading One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest: The Crazy Ones

The Big Year

EVERYONE IS SEARCHING FOR SOMETHING. Three birders (Steve Martin, Jack Black, Owen Wilson) keep bumping into each other in remote places; initially reluctant to come clean, they are all secretly doing a Big Year. While Mark Obmascik’s book follows real-life birders who compete against each other, trying to spot as many species as possible all … Continue reading The Big Year

This Is Spinal Tap: Band in Need of Aid

DOES FOR ROCK AND ROLL WHAT “THE SOUND OF MUSIC” DID FOR HILLS. In 2002, This Is Spinal Tap was selected for preservation by the Library of Congress. It’s not hard to see why. The film has become a template for an entire genre of “mockumentaries” and numerous rock musicians have talked about mistaking it for a … Continue reading This Is Spinal Tap: Band in Need of Aid

50/50: Why Me?

IT TAKES A PAIR TO BEAT THE ODDS. Seth Rogen was apparently in the bathroom when one of his best friends called to tell him that he had cancer. A potentially funny scene that never made it into Will Reiser’s script. He was the one who called; after beating his rare but operable cancer, he … Continue reading 50/50: Why Me?

Lonesome Dove

Former Texas Rangers Augustus McCrae and Woodrow F. Call (Robert Duvall, Tommy Lee Jones) come out of retirement briefly to move cattle from Texas to Montana, but they also have other goals for the journey. A highly adored miniseries and it isn’t hard to see why. Great cast (especially Duvall), genuine locations and technical qualities, … Continue reading Lonesome Dove

Frances

HER STORY IS SHOCKING, DISTURBING, COMPELLING… AND TRUE. 1930s screen star Frances Farmer (Jessica Lange) tries to segue into the world of theater, but her frail mind deteriorates, not least because of the unhelpful “care” she receives in several mental institutions. Graeme Clifford’s directing debut is a long and depressing film but with effective, emotional … Continue reading Frances