Tag Archives: Drama

Barton Fink

THERE’S ONLY ONE THING STRANGER THAN WHAT’S GOING ON INSIDE HIS HEAD. WHAT’S GOING ON OUTSIDE. In 1941, left-leaning, Jewish playwright Barton Fink (John Turturro) leaves New York City for Hollywood to try his luck as a screenwriter and is hired by a studio that makes B pictures. Coen brothers films are always dark to some … Continue reading Barton Fink

The Terminal

LIFE IS WAITING. When his passport is revoked and the authorities forbid him from leaving the JFK airport, East European tourist Viktor Navorski (Tom Hanks) creates a life for himself in the terminal. It’s really a tragic story, but Steven Spielberg nevertheless comes up with a romantic comedy. It may be a bit too saccharine, … Continue reading The Terminal

Pushing Tin

A COMEDY ABOUT LIFE, LOVE, AIRPLANES AND OTHER BUMPY RIDES. Mysterious air-traffic controller Russell Bell (Billy Bob Thornton) gets a job at a New York airport; one of his colleagues, Nick Falzone (John Cusack), “accidentally” sleeps with his wife. The best part of this movie is its both humorous and sober portrayal of life in … Continue reading Pushing Tin

The Aviator: The Way of the Future

SOME MEN DREAM THE FUTURE. HE BUILT IT.  Any filmmaker who had just spent an obscene amount of time working on a huge production the size of Gangs of New York (2002) would be forgiven for taking a few years off after completing the film. Especially when that filmmaker happens to be in his 60s. … Continue reading The Aviator: The Way of the Future

Snow Falling on Cedars

FIRST LOVES LAST. FOREVER. Sometimes a filmmaker tries to cover too much material and misses the point. Here, director Scott Hicks takes on a romance between a Japanese-American girl and a white boy, the internment camps during WWII and the murder trial that follows the death of a local fisherman in a small northwestern community. … Continue reading Snow Falling on Cedars

Hysterical Blindness

IN THE 80’S, THEY SAID LOVE WAS A BATTLEFIELD… THEY WERE RIGHT. In 1980s New Jersey, a waitress (Gena Rowlands) is enjoying her affair with a man (Ben Gazzara) while her grumpy daughter (Uma Thurman) tries to find someone to love. Director Mira Nair’s first TV movie relies heavily on its cast, which feels like … Continue reading Hysterical Blindness

Ali

FORGET WHAT YOU THINK YOU KNOW. Perhaps Michael Mann was looking for a Best Picture Oscar when he made this biography about the ten most interesting years, 1964-1974, in Muhammad Ali’s life. It has a nice feeling of the period, a touch of grandeur and a central performance of the kind that is usually rewarded … Continue reading Ali