Tag Archives: Cold War

Rocky IV

GET READY FOR THE NEXT WORLD WAR. Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) wants a comeback in the ring and decides to fight an intimidating Soviet boxer (Dolph Lundgren); the disastrous consequences pulls Rocky (Sylvester Stallone) into the biggest bout of his life. It’s possible to view this third sequel, the most bankable of them all, as … Continue reading Rocky IV

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

When a Soviet mole is believed to have been planted at the top of the Circus, the British intelligence service, old pro George Smiley (Alec Guinness) is called back in action… About as far from a James Bond movie as you can get, this miniseries portrays the art of spycraft as one based on meticulous investigation … Continue reading Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy: Return of the Ringmaster

TRUST NO ONE. SUSPECT EVERYONE. I prefer my spies dapper. I want to see them sip martinis and seduce women in one breath, and in the next kill enemy agents in cold blood. I want to see nifty little toys, fast cars and insane supervillains hiding in lairs that could only be designed by Ken … Continue reading Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy: Return of the Ringmaster

Hunt for Red October: Run Silent, Run Deep

INVISIBLE. SILENT. STOLEN. In 1988, Die Hard had been such a tremendous hit that a sequel was inevitable. The film’s director, John McTiernan, was obviously considered for it. In the end, he chose to do something else. Adapting Tom Clancy’s “The Hunt for Red October” may seem like a natural follow-up, and it certainly is a thriller, … Continue reading Hunt for Red October: Run Silent, Run Deep

Top Secret!

MOVIE? WHAT MOVIE? American rock singer Nick Rivers (Val Kilmer) goes to East Germany where he becomes involved with the… French Resistance? The Airplane! directors strike with a comedy in the same vein that is too busy throwing gags at us to bother with a coherent story. The result is a wild mix where French resistance fighters (with … Continue reading Top Secret!

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

AN ANATOMICALLY INCORRECT ROCK ODYSSEY. This film adaptation of the off-Broadway show about a rock artist with a botched sex-change operation behind him who sings about his upbringing behind the Berlin Wall, and how he was seduced by an American G.I., is not your average musical. But it did charm the Sundance film festival and … Continue reading Hedwig and the Angry Inch

The Iron Giant

IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE! In the 1950s, a boy encounters a giant made of iron in the woods; the creature is from outer space, but the kid’s new playmate is not easily accepted by adults. An animated charmer that shows director Brad Bird’s potential, even though it wasn’t a commercial success. Reminiscent of E.T. (1982), this is … Continue reading The Iron Giant

No Way Out

IS IT A CRIME OF PASSION, OR AN ACT OF TREASON? Navy officer Tom Farrell (Kevin Costner) is posted at the Pentagon where he starts having an affair with Susan Atwell (Sean Young)… who turns out to be the Secretary of Defense’s (Gene Hackman) mistress. This remake of The Big Clock (1948) ups the ante by moving the … Continue reading No Way Out

Fail-Safe: Be Very Afraid

IT WILL HAVE YOU SITTING ON THE BRINK OF ETERNITY! 1964 was indeed the year of the Bomb. Stanley Kubrick’s absurd Cold War comedy Dr. Strangelove, which was based on a novel by Peter George, was first released. When George found out about Eugene Burdick and Harvey Wheeler’s novel “Fail-Safe” and its very similar theme, … Continue reading Fail-Safe: Be Very Afraid