Tag Archives: Billy Bob Thornton

Primary Colors: All the Governor’s Men

HOW MUCH SPIN DOES IT TAKE TO WIN? In 1996, the novel ”Primary Colors” was published, a roman à clef depicting then-Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign, with a Southern governor called Jack Stanton standing in for Clinton. The author was anonymous, but considering the insight into the campaign it had to be someone… … Continue reading Primary Colors: All the Governor’s Men

Our Brand is Crisis

MAY THE BEST CAMPAIGN WIN.  Legendary political consultant Jane Bodine (Sandra Bullock) reluctantly agrees to assist the failing campaign of an unlikable presidential contender in Bolivia. A comedy-drama based on the 2005 documentary of the same title that followed James Carville’s involvement in Bolivian politics. A fictionalized version of him is amusingly played by Billy … Continue reading Our Brand is Crisis

Entourage

THE RIDE AIN’T OVER. Ari Gold (Jeremy Piven), now a studio boss, agrees to let Vincent Chase (Adrian Grenier) direct his first movie, but when the project needs more money the Texas financiers start making awkward demands… This big-screen adaptation of the 2004-2011 TV series will satisfy die-hard fans, but not many others. Nothing much … Continue reading Entourage

The Judge

DEFEND YOUR HONOR.  Chicago lawyer Hank Palmer (Robert Downey, Jr.) comes home to the Indiana small town where he was raised to bury his mother; when his estranged father (Robert Duvall), a renowned judge, then stands accused of murder, he takes the case. A change of pace for comedy director David Dobkin, a drama that … Continue reading The Judge

Puss in Boots

GET READY FOR AN ADVENTURE NINE LIFETIMES IN THE MAKING. Puss in Boots is reunited with an estranged childhood friend, Humpty Dumpty; together with the fierce but seductive Kitty Softpaws, the couple tries to find magic beans that will take them to a giant’s castle. Shrek the Third (2007) director Chris Miller helmed this 3D … Continue reading Puss in Boots

The Ice Harvest

THICK THIEVES. THIN ICE. It’s Christmas in Wichita and a lawyer and a businessman (John Cusack, Billy Bob Thornton) are preparing to leave town after having stolen $2 million of a gangster’s money. A lot of talented people gathered for this violent, bloody comedy. The cast is excellent, with very appropriate roles for Cusack, Thornton, Randy … Continue reading The Ice Harvest

All the Pretty Horses

SOME PASSIONS CAN NEVER BE TAMED. A few years after the end of World War II, best friends John Grady Cole (Matt Damon) and Lacey Rawlins (Henry Thomas) head to Mexico to work as cowboys. This film was allegedly shot as a huge epic, but director Billy Bob Thornton was forced to make equally huge … Continue reading All the Pretty Horses

Eagle Eye

IF YOU WANT TO LIVE YOU WILL OBEY. Jerry Shaw and Rachel Holloman (Shia LaBeouf, Michelle Monaghan) are contacted by a woman on their cellphones; without realizing it they’re drawn into a conspiracy to overthrow the government. Director D.J. Caruso is reunited with LaBeouf after Disturbia (2007) for a high-tech thriller that starts out well … Continue reading Eagle Eye

Mr. Woodcock

LETTING GO OF YOUR PAST IS HARD… ESPECIALLY WHEN IT’S DATING YOUR MOM.  Best-selling writer John Farley (Seann William Scott) is horrified to learn that his mother (Susan Sarandon) is now dating the man who turned his childhood into a nightmare – gym teacher Jasper Woodcock (Billy Bob Thornton). From the director who made Lars … Continue reading Mr. Woodcock

Bad News Bears

THE BASES ARE LOADED… SO IS THE COACH. Former NBL pro Morris Buttermaker (Billy Bob Thornton), who is now an alcoholic, unenthusiastically takes a job coaching a failing team of 12-year-olds. Thornton went from playing the coach in Friday Night Lights the previous year to doing this Bad Santa-nized remake of a 1976 Walter Matthau comedy. His character is quite similar … Continue reading Bad News Bears

Friday Night Lights

HOPE COMES ALIVE. In 1988, the small town of Odessa, Georgia worships at the altar of the Church of Football as the local high school team faces big hurdles. Peter Berg got his breakthrough as director with this beautifully produced, heartbreakingly realistic (and reality-based) portrayal of the young men and the coach who feel the pressure … Continue reading Friday Night Lights

Princess Mononoke

THE FATE OF THE WORLD RESTS ON THE COURAGE OF ONE WARRIOR.  Ashitaka, a warrior who suffers from a curse, ends up in the middle of a conflict between humans who are wrecking the forest, and its creatures who are accompanied by a girl called “Princess Mononoke”. The movie that helped bring greater international attention … Continue reading Princess Mononoke

The Man Who Wasn’t There

THE LAST THING ON HIS MIND IS MURDER.  California, 1949; discreet barber Ed Crane (Billy Bob Thornton) decides to take a chance and invest money in this new invention called dry cleaning, but the only way he can raise the cash is to blackmail his wife’s boss (James Gandolfini). A noir thriller inspired by James … Continue reading The Man Who Wasn’t There