Tag Archives: Diane Kruger

Why Are We Creative: The Centipede’s Dilemma

German filmmaker Hermann Vaske spent 30 years working on various projects, but always returned to the fundamental question asked in the title of this documentary. As he meets one celebrity after the other while traveling all over Europe and the U.S., these undeniably creative people are sometimes startled to be asked that question and try … Continue reading Why Are We Creative: The Centipede’s Dilemma

The Infiltrator

THE TRUE STORY OF ONE MAN AGAINST THE BIGGEST DRUG CARTEL IN HISTORY.  In the 1980s, Customs agent Robert Mazur (Bryan Cranston) goes undercover as a businessman helping Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar launder money in the U.S. Escobar keeps inspiring new stories long after his death, even about people who weren’t really part of … Continue reading The Infiltrator

My 12 Favorite Christmas Movies

We’re one week away from Christmas and everybody’s making lists of their favorite movies. As always, some are debating whether or not Die Hard belongs on the list. Don’t be silly, of course it does. What says Christmas more than “Now I have a machine gun, ho, ho ho”…? Here are my 12 favorites, a mix … Continue reading My 12 Favorite Christmas Movies

Joyeux Noël: One Night of Peace

WITHOUT AN ENEMY THERE CAN BE NO WAR.  2015 has in many ways been an awful year, with heinous terrorist acts, a never-ending war in Syria, a refugee crisis in Europe, and a resurgent far-right movement visible not only on that continent but also in the U.S. Republican primaries. This planet needs a big hug… … Continue reading Joyeux Noël: One Night of Peace

The Host

CHOOSE TO BELIEVE. CHOOSE TO FIGHT. CHOOSE TO LOVE. In the future, an alien species has taken over the Earth and almost every human being; when this finally happens to Melanie Stryder (Saoirse Ronan), the alien inside her realizes that Melanie’s mind isn’t all gone. Stephenie Meyer wrote the “Twilight” series and a comparison is … Continue reading The Host

Unknown

TAKE BACK YOUR LIFE.  After waking up from a four-day coma in Berlin, Martin Harris (Liam Neeson) looks up his wife (January Jones) who’s staying at a hotel… but she claims not to know who he is. Another box-office hit in the latter-day career of Neeson as an action star. This time it’s a thriller … Continue reading Unknown

National Treasure: Book of Secrets

When one of Ben Gates’s (Nicolas Cage) ancestors is revealed to have been part of the Abraham Lincoln assassination plot, the historian/adventurer and his friends try to clear his name. A surprisingly entertaining sequel that reunites the Cage/Jon Voight/Diane Kruger/Justin Bartha team and delivers the same kind of adventure for history and conspiracy buffs that we … Continue reading National Treasure: Book of Secrets

Inglourious Basterds: Putting Out Fire

A BASTERD’S WORK IS NEVER DONE. Quentin Tarantino loves crappy B movies, especially if they were made with a sense of humor and by a filmmaker who had at least some sense of style. He’s built his entire career on this infatuation, but one thing has always been clear – Tarantino is considerably more gifted … Continue reading Inglourious Basterds: Putting Out Fire

Goodbye Bafana

In 1968, James Gregory (Joseph Fiennes) and his family are transferred to Robben Island off Cape Town where he will work as a censor; over time he comes to respect Nelson Mandela (Dennis Haysbert). A white man’s awakening is the theme of this OK but awfully bland drama. We never learn anything we didn’t know before, … Continue reading Goodbye Bafana

Troy

FOR HONOR. FOR VICTORY. FOR LOVE. FOR DESTINY. FOR PASSION. FOR TROY.  You can always rely on director Wolfgang Petersen to make you care about what happens in an action movie; he knows how to tell an exciting story. This one looks a lot like the old epics about the Roman Empire, but this time … Continue reading Troy

National Treasure

THE GREATEST ADVENTURE HISTORY HAS EVER REVEALED. Historian/adventurer Ben Gates (Nicolas Cage) has always been looking for history’s greatest treasure; he discovers that the back of the Declaration of Independence may harbor clues to it. Here’s an action movie that teaches us about American history in a clever and entertaining way, throwing us from one landmark … Continue reading National Treasure