Tag Archives: Ben Foster

Hell or High Water: In the Land of the Comanche

BLOOD ALWAYS FOLLOWS MONEY.  This film, surely one of the best to screen in the Un Certain Regard section of this year’s Cannes festival,  may take place in West Texas, but it wasn’t shot there. The filmmakers opted for Eastern New Mexico instead, a region that is sometimes called ”Little Texas”. As far as culture, … Continue reading Hell or High Water: In the Land of the Comanche

Lone Survivor

LIVE TO TELL THE STORY.  In June, 2005, four Navy SEALS are sent on a mission in Afghanistan’s Kunar province to kill a Taliban leader, but everything goes wrong… This fact-based account was made on the cheap, but director Peter Berg nevertheless paints a credible portrait of Navy SEALS and the claustrophobic, desperate battle that … Continue reading Lone Survivor

30 Days of Night

THEY’RE COMING! Every year when the small town of Barrow, Alaska loses sunlight for a month, most of its inhabitants leave, but this year an influx of murderous vampires changes things. Don’t look for surprises in this dark, gruesome thriller; these vampires don’t bring anything new to this clichéd genre. However, that’s about the only real … Continue reading 30 Days of Night

Alpha Dog

ONE CRIME. 3 DAYS. 38 WITNESSES. California, 1999; a conflict between a drug dealer and one of his customers (Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster) results in the kidnapping of a 15-year-old kid (Anton Yelchin). This crime drama was based on real events and in a few sequences tries to create a documentary feeling. A half-hearted effort, … Continue reading Alpha Dog

3:10 to Yuma

TIME WAITS FOR ONE MAN. When outlaw Ben Wade (Russell Crowe) is captured, destitute rancher Dan Evans (Christian Bale) is paid to join the group of men who will bring him to a train bound for Yuma prison. Director James Mangold’s remake of the 1957 western classic doesn’t really do anything original that warrants a … Continue reading 3:10 to Yuma

Phone Booth

YOUR LIFE IS ON THE LINE. New York PR man Stu Shepard (Colin Farrell), who lies for a living, finds himself trapped in the city’s last phone booth, talking to a killer who’s determined to make him repent. An experimental thriller from a director who tried to change the direction of his career in the early … Continue reading Phone Booth