Tag Archives: Isabella Rossellini

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

Incredibles 2

BACK TO WORK. At a time when the public has no trust in superheroes anymore, a billionaire contacts the Parrs and offers them a way to relaunch their careers. It took Pixar and Brad Bird 14 years to produce a sequel, but it was worth the wait. Firmly grounded in the original’s visual look, but … Continue reading Incredibles 2

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

Enemy

YOU CAN’T ESCAPE YOURSELF. When history professor Adam Bell (Jake Gyllenhaal) is watching a movie, he realizes that one of the actors looks exactly like him; he becomes obsessed and tries to make contact… One of Denis Villeneuve’s most ambitious films is not easily penetrated. Exploring mental conditions and a state of fear, the film … Continue reading Enemy

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

Crime of the Century

THE MOST FAMOUS KIDNAPPING IN HISTORY CLAIMED MORE THAN ONE VICTIM.  The 1932 kidnapping and murder of Charles Lindbergh’s baby is known as the crime of the century. The treatment of the suspected murderer, carpenter Bruno Hauptmann, is a notorious, alleged miscarriage of justice. This TV movie claims that Hauptmann’s life was sacrificed because of … Continue reading Crime of the Century

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