Tag Archives: Bill Paxton

Hatfields & McCoys

NEVER FORGIVE. NEVER FORGET. Shortly after the Civil War, two families in the West Virginia-Kentucky area begin a feud that takes on epic proportions over the following three decades. The story of the most notorious family feud in American history gets an exciting and handsome treatment in the History channel’s first stab at scripted drama. … Continue reading Hatfields & McCoys

Titanic: A Wreck Comes Alive

NOTHING ON EARTH COULD COME BETWEEN THEM.  Twentieth Century Fox wasn’t sure about letting James Cameron make an epic movie about the 1912 sinking of Titanic – especially since the director wanted it to be a romance. In other words, there would be no box-office-friendly terminators or aliens on this voyage. Fox eventually agreed to … Continue reading Titanic: A Wreck Comes Alive

True Lies

WHEN HE SAID I DO, HE NEVER SAID WHAT HE DID. Helen Tasker (Jamie Lee Curtis) has no idea that her boring husband (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is actually a top-secret government agent… until the day when she’s accidentally drawn into his adventures. The French action-comedy La Totale! (1991) served as inspiration for this overblown blockbuster that … Continue reading True Lies

Haywire

THEY LEFT HER NO CHOICE. After a successful mission to Barcelona, covert operative Mallory Kane (Gina Carano) is sent to Dublin to pose as the wife of an MI6 agent (Michael Fassbender) – but realizes that she’s been set up. 2012 was a busy year for director Steven Soderbergh, but this action flick has better … Continue reading Haywire

The Evening Star

A STORY ABOUT FRIENDS, FAMILY AND OTHER NATURAL DISASTERS. In 1988, Aurora Greenway (Shirley MacLaine) has a strained relationship with her grandchildren and eventually agrees to see a therapist (Bill Paxton). The sequel to Terms of Endearment (1983) desperately tries to rekindle our feelings for that sentimental masterpiece, but never really comes close. MacLaine carries … Continue reading The Evening Star

Apollo 13: Lost Moon, Saved Lives

HOUSTON, WE HAVE A PROBLEM.   When producer Brian Grazer and director Ron Howard decided to turn the story about the ill-fated 1972 Apollo 13 mission into a movie, they found a lot of support from NASA. The space agency, likely eager to exploit the goodwill surrounding the rescue of the mission’s three astronauts, even … Continue reading Apollo 13: Lost Moon, Saved Lives

Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams

LITTLE SPIES. BIG ATTITUDES. Carmen and Juni (Alexa Vega, Daryl Sabara), now fully trained agents, face competition from two other spy kids as well as their father who is secretly plotting to steal the Transmooker, a powerful device. Families flocked to the first one, and they liked the sequel too. Robert Rodriguez has a huge … Continue reading Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams

Big Love: Utah Crime Family

Big Love was the little show that could. When the first episode aired immediately after the premiere of the sixth season of The Sopranos, it didn’t look like much. The first season was acknowledged as interesting and well-crafted but nowhere near as compelling as the celebrated mob show. Big Love was never a favorite among … Continue reading Big Love: Utah Crime Family

Twister

THE DARK SIDE OF NATURE. When Bill Harding and his girlfriend (Bill Paxton, Jami Gertz) go to see his soon-to-be ex-wife (Helen Hunt) to get the divorce papers signed, they get caught up chasing tornadoes in Oklahoma. The visual effects may look cheaper by today’s standards, but this is still a hugely entertaining (and well-made) disaster … Continue reading Twister

Terminator: The Deadly Energizer Bunny

THE THING THAT WON’T DIE, IN THE NIGHTMARE THAT WON’T END. James Cameron has fought hard for The Terminator. He claims that the idea for the film came to him in a dream, but few question the fact that certain key ingredients were inspired by Harlan Ellison’s writings for the TV series The Outer Limits. Ellison sued … Continue reading Terminator: The Deadly Energizer Bunny

Aliens: Mother Against Mother

THIS TIME IT’S WAR. When I first heard about this film, I was 11 or 12 years old and pretty much a novice when it came to movies. Judging from what some of my classmates were talking about, I understood that Aliens was a dark, scary and very exciting film, a special experience indeed. When I finally … Continue reading Aliens: Mother Against Mother