Tag Archives: Isabella Rossellini

Two Lovers

SOMETIMES WE LEAVE EVERYTHING TO FIND OURSELVES. After another botched suicide attempt, Leonard Kraditor (Joaquin Phoenix) meets two women – one (Vinessa Shaw) his parents are setting him up with, and another (Gwyneth Paltrow) who’s very attractive but troubled… A romantic drama that feels very classical, probably because it was inspired (like several other movies) … Continue reading Two Lovers

Joy

After the wacky American Hustle (2013), director David O. Russell reverted to a more solid kind of storytelling along the lines of his The Fighter (2011). This is the real-life story of Joy Mangano (Jennifer Lawrence), the hard-luck, single mom who invented the Miracle Mop and struggled to get her business off the ground. The … Continue reading Joy

Ingrid Bergman – In Her Own Words

Documentarian and writer Stig Björkman offers an intimate look at one of the most famous movie stars ever, using her private diary notes and film recordings of life with her family – or families, rather, since Ingrid Bergman’s incurable restlessness was a defining part of her personality. Meeting her adult children, all four of them, … Continue reading Ingrid Bergman – In Her Own Words

The Accidental Husband

FALLING IN LOVE… EVEN THE EXPERT IS CONFUSED. When New York City firefighter Patrick Sullivan’s (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) fiancée breaks off their engagement after taking advice from a radio host (Uma Thurman), he comes up with a plan to exact revenge… Unconvincing from the start, the plan only leads Morgan and Thurman into one situation … Continue reading The Accidental Husband

Trespassing Bergman

Edited together (with partly new material) from a documentary series, this film examines (in chronological order) the career and films of Ingmar Bergman through the eyes of numerous prominent filmmakers and actors who have been more or less touched by the Master’s work. Some of them also visit the stark island in Sweden where Bergman … Continue reading Trespassing Bergman

Infamous

THERE’S MORE TO THE STORY THAN YOU KNOW. The year after Capote, the drama that followed author Truman Capote’s fascination over the countryside killings that inspired him to write “In Cold Blood”, came this film that is almost as good. Starts out as more of a light comedy as the flamboyant Capote clashes with rural … Continue reading Infamous

White Nights

When a U.S. airliner makes an emergency landing in the Soviet Union, the authorities lay their hands on one of the passengers, Russian expatriate ballet dancer Nikolai Rodchenko (Mikhail Baryshnikov). In The Turning Point (1977), Baryshnikov played another dancer who had defected to the West (which he also did in real life, of course) and … Continue reading White Nights

Basquiat

IN 1981, A NINETEEN-YEAR OLD UNKNOWN GRAFFITI WRITER TOOK THE NEW YORK ART WORLD BY STORM. THE REST IS ART HISTORY. The story of the carefree graffiti writer and drug addict Jean-Michel Basquiat who in the 1980s became a phenomenon on the New York art scene before a heroin overdose ended his life. The director … Continue reading Basquiat