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Twins

ONLY THEIR MOTHER CAN TELL THEM APART.  On his 35th birthday, Julius Benedict (Arnold Schwarzenegger) learns that he has a twin brother somewhere in Los Angeles and leaves the South Pacific island where he was raised to find him. It’s easy to see what attracted the two stars to this comedy – imagining them as … Continue reading Twins

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

Romancing the Stone

SHE’S A GIRL FROM THE BIG CITY. HE’S A RECKLESS SOLDIER OF FORTUNE. FOR A FABULOUS TREASURE, THEY SHARE AN ADVENTURE NO ONE COULD IMAGINE… OR SURVIVE.  New York City romance novelist Joan Wilder (Kathleen Turner) goes to Colombia to help her sister who’s been kidnapped, and gets unexpected aid from a bird smuggler (Michael Douglas). … Continue reading Romancing the Stone

I’m Still Here

2008 was the year when Joaquin Phoenix announced to the world that he’d give up acting and become a rap artist; apparently, this was also a time when he stopped shaving and showering. Eventually, the whole thing was revealed as a stunt for this faux documentary that aims to show how artists are not allowed … Continue reading I’m Still Here

Anything Else

IN ANY RELATIONSHIP, ONE PERSON ALWAYS DOES THE HEAVY LIFTING. Young comedy writer Jerry Falk (Jason Biggs) juggles two challenging relationships, one with a much older colleague (Woody Allen) who keeps giving him inappropriate advice, and the other a love affair with the annoying Amanda (Christina Ricci). Allen’s most critically lambasted movie has its loud moments … Continue reading Anything Else

Solitary Man

BEN LOVES HIS FAMILY ALMOST AS MUCH AS HE LOVES HIMSELF.  Once successful, now disgraced car salesman Ben Kalmen’s (Michael Douglas) marriage is over, the relationship with his daughter is troubled, and he probably has a heart condition… but that doesn’t stop him from chasing after college girls. This is truly a vehicle for Douglas … Continue reading Solitary Man

L.A. Confidential: City of No Angels

EVERYTHING IS SUSPECT… EVERYONE IS FOR SALE… AND NOTHING IS WHAT IT SEEMS.  In the case of L.A. Confidential, success was far from guaranteed. Director Curtis Hanson had made a few formulaic thrillers, screenwriter Brian Helgeland was not an established name in Hollywood and the two stars, Russell Crowe and Guy Pearce, were mostly known … Continue reading L.A. Confidential: City of No Angels

Goin’ South

SAVED FROM THE HANGMAN, FOR A FATE WORSE THAN DEATH! Henry Moon (Jack Nicholson), a bandit, is about to be hanged in a small town when Julia Tate (Mary Steenburgen), a spinster, takes advantage of an old law and decides to marry the criminal; she needs a worker for her mine. Nicholson’s second film as … Continue reading Goin’ South