Tag Archives: Drew Barrymore

Altered States

WHEN HE HEARD HIS CRY FOR HELP IT WASN’T HUMAN.  Psychopathologist Eddie Jessup (William Hurt) begins to experiment with his mind using drugs from a Mexican tribe and a flotation tank. This sci-fi film was a departure for Ken Russell, a collaboration with Paddy Chayefsky that didn’t end well. The latter based his story on … Continue reading Altered States

Whip It

BE YOUR OWN HERO. Small-town Texas girl Bliss Cavendar (Ellen Page) is tired of her mother’s (Marcia Gay Harden) attempts to turn her into a beauty queen and falls in love with the roller derby culture. Drew Barrymore’s directing debut offers a charming take on an offbeat sport – but it is above all a … Continue reading Whip It

Going the Distance

A COMEDY ABOUT MEETING EACH OTHER HALFWAY. Erin (Drew Barrymore) hooks up with Garrett (Justin Long) in New York City, but as their relationship becomes increasingly serious they need to deal with the fact that her life is in San Francisco. Nanette Burstein is actually a documentary filmmaker and this comedy does offer a romance … Continue reading Going the Distance

E.T.: The Thing from Another World

HE IS AFRAID. HE IS ALONE. HE IS THREE MILLION LIGHT YEARS FROM HOME.  When Richard Attenborough accepted his two Oscars for Gandhi in 1983, he acknowledged the fact that he had just beaten one of the favorites. “I was certain that not only would E.T. win, but that it should win. It was inventive, powerful, [and] wonderful. I … Continue reading E.T.: The Thing from Another World

He’s Just Not That Into You

ARE YOU THE EXCEPTION… OR THE RULE? The popular self-improvement book gets its movie adaptation, but it’s better than one might expect. All the clichés and obvious lessons of the book are intact, but the writers have made a good job applying them on a number of characters, including a naive young woman who learns … Continue reading He’s Just Not That Into You

Grey Gardens

TRUE GLAMOR NEVER FADES. Jackie Kennedy’s cousin Edith Bouvier Beale (Drew Barrymore) keeps making stabs at a show biz career, but can’t seem to escape her mother (Jessica Lange) and Grey Gardens, the Long Island home. The 1976 documentary Grey Gardens put the bizarre mother-daughter relationship between the two Ediths on display and this TV … Continue reading Grey Gardens

Scream: Movie Murder Mania

SOMEONE’S TAKEN THEIR LOVE OF SCARY MOVIES ONE STEP TOO FAR! In 1994, Wes Craven directed his New Nightmare, the only Freddy Krueger flick he made after the original. It was a surprisingly intelligent outing, a meta-slasher that incorporated Craven himself into the movie and made Krueger a killer who existed both in the films and … Continue reading Scream: Movie Murder Mania

Lucky You

CHANGE YOUR GAME. CHANGE YOUR LIFE.  Brilliant Vegas poker player Huck Cheever (Eric Bana) is gearing up for the World Series of Poker, but his father (Robert Duvall), whom he hates, has also arrived in town and knows how to throw Huck off his game. It’s hard to think of any poker movies worth your … Continue reading Lucky You

Fever Pitch

A COMEDY ABOUT THE GAME OF LOVE. Red Sox fan Ben Wrightman (Jimmy Fallon) starts dating successful businesswoman Lindsay Meeks (Drew Barrymore), but is initially reluctant to tell her just how big a deal baseball is to him. The Farrelly brothers’ remake of the 1997 British comedy changes sports and locations, but stays true to … Continue reading Fever Pitch

Confessions of a Dangerous Mind

SOME THINGS ARE BETTER LEFT TOP SECRET. When legendary TV producer Chuck Barris released his autobiography, there was reason to read it with caution. He did create several of the hottest game shows, but did he also work undercover as a CIA agent, killing over 30 bad guys in the process? The filmmakers choose to … Continue reading Confessions of a Dangerous Mind