Tag Archives: Harvey Keitel

Mean Streets

WELCOME… BUT DON’T BREAK THE RULES! Charlie Cappa (Harvey Keitel) is looking forward to a career in the Mafia with help from his uncle (Cesare Danova), but his relationships with best friend Johnny Boy (Robert De Niro), a perpetual screw-up, and an epileptic girl (Amy Robinson) stand in the way. Martin Scorsese’s breakthrough is considered … Continue reading Mean Streets

Thelma & Louise: Women on the Run

SOMEBODY SAID GET A LIFE… SO THEY DID. Callie Khouri, who had written the screenplay for ”Thelma & Louise” in 1988, wasn’t entirely sure that Ridley Scott was the right person to make the movie. After all, this was a guy whose films to a large share were about men and had masculine themes. And … Continue reading Thelma & Louise: Women on the Run

The Ridiculous 6

“White Knife” (Adam Sandler), who’s been raised by indians, goes on a quest to save his kidnapped father (Nick Nolte), and runs into one peculiar man after another who turn out to be his brothers… The first movie in a four-picture deal that Sandler made with Netflix was released straight to the streaming service. This … Continue reading The Ridiculous 6

Youth

Famous composer Fred Ballinger (Michael Caine) and film director Mick Boyle (Harvey Keitel) are staying at a luxury resort in Switzerland; they are friends, but their opinions on how to spend the twilight years differ… Paolo Sorrentino followed his celebrated international breakthrough, The Great Beauty (2013), with an English-language meditation on old age and what … Continue reading Youth

Grand Budapest Hotel: Fighting a European Sickness

In February 1942, the Jewish writer Stefan Zweig and his wife were found dead in Brazil after committing suicide. In his native Austria, World War I had turned Zweig into a pacifist; when Hitler rose to power in Germany, the author fled to America and stayed in New York City for a while before moving … Continue reading Grand Budapest Hotel: Fighting a European Sickness

Reservoir Dogs: Stuck in the Middle With Mr. White

LET’S GO TO WORK. Producer Lawrence Bender first met Quentin Tarantino, a former video-store clerk, at a party in 1989 and was immediately intrigued. Their later collaboration would result in Reservoir Dogs and the beginning of a beautiful friendship that would elevate both men to fame and fortune. This film has become one of the … Continue reading Reservoir Dogs: Stuck in the Middle With Mr. White

Moonrise Kingdom

In 1965, an orphaned boy scout and his new-found girlfriend (Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward) run away from home, which prompts a search. This will no doubt satisfy die-hard fans of Wes Anderson who has made another dollhouse of a movie, one that offers meticulously designed scenes that mirror Anderson’s sepia-toned artistic vision and fondness for … Continue reading Moonrise Kingdom

The Duellists

FENCING IS A SCIENCE. LOVING IS A PASSION. DUELLING IS AN OBSESSION. In the early 1800s, two Napoleonic officers (Harvey Keitel, Keith Carradine) clash over a minor incident and spend the following 15 years duelling each other whenever they meet. Director Ridley Scott’s first feature film has a look inspired by Barry Lyndon (1975); beautiful and realistic, it … Continue reading The Duellists

Little Fockers

KIDS BRING EVERYONE CLOSER, RIGHT? After giving Jack (Robert De Niro) twin grandchildren, Greg (Ben Stiller) has finally ended up in the retired CIA agent’s good graces… but that changes again quickly. The third film in the series that began with Meet the Parents (2000) has a script that doesn’t really know which storyline to focus on, and a series … Continue reading Little Fockers

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

Smoke

FIVE STRANGERS. FOUR SECRETS. THREE SCHEMES. TWO BEST FRIENDS. AND ONE NEIGHBORHOOD HANGOUT WHERE THE WORLD STILL MAKES SENSE.  Watching this movie is like immersing oneself into a Paul Auster novel; he wrote this collection of stories that revolve around a Brooklyn tobacco store managed by Harvey Keitel, and worked very closely with Wayne Wang. … Continue reading Smoke

The Last Temptation of Christ

When Judas (Harvey Keitel), a Jewish resistance fighter, is sent to kill Jesus (Willem Dafoe), a carpenter who helps Romans construct crosses for crucifixions, he realizes that Jesus might in fact be the Messiah. An intensely religious retelling of the life of Jesus Christ that was much hated by conservatives for having the audacity to … Continue reading The Last Temptation of Christ