Tag Archives: James Belushi

Wonder Wheel

At a 1950s Coney Island amusement park, the wife (Kate Winslet) of a carousel operator (Jim Belushi) begins to unravel; she’s having an affair with a handsome lifeguard (Justin Timberlake), and her husband’s daughter (Juno Temple) is hiding from mobsters. Much like cinematographer Vittorio Storaro enchanted us with the look of Café Society (2016), this … Continue reading Wonder Wheel

Trading Places

THEY’RE NOT JUST GETTING RICH… THEY’RE GETTING EVEN. Two wealthy brothers (Ralph Bellamy, Don Ameche) make a wager where they scheme to have two men (one rich, one poor) switch places in life – what will be the outcome? An old formula for this comedy, but in the hands of John Landis it still feels … Continue reading Trading Places

Show Me a Hero: American Skin

HOW DOES A POLITICIAN KNOW HE’S DOING THE RIGHT THING? WE MAKE HIM PAY. This miniseries is not like binge-watching a new season of House of Cards. It takes some effort. A co-worker of mine saw the first episode and gave up, but that’s normal. No one wants to see more after the first episode. … Continue reading Show Me a Hero: American Skin

New Year’s Eve

THE ONE NIGHT ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE. Garry Marshall followed up his ensemble piece Valentine’s Day (2010) with a similar film, made to entertain young and old as we contemplate the (romantic?) possibilities of a new year. The cast is full of stars, but focus tends to lie on younger, popular talent. What everybody has in common though … Continue reading New Year’s Eve

Twin Peaks: In a Galaxy Far, Far Away

It is quite possible that David Lynch will be primarily remembered for Twin Peaks, a TV series that became an instant hit on ABC (and subsequently worldwide), but quickly fell out of favor with viewers. Together with Mark Frost, the director came up with the idea of a mysterious series with no answers where a … Continue reading Twin Peaks: In a Galaxy Far, Far Away

The Ghost Writer: Assisting Blair/Polanski

For Roman Polanski, the journey of The Ghost Writer ended in prison. After being arrested by Swiss authorities in September 2009, the filmmaker faced extradition to the U.S. on a 33-year-old conviction of unlawful sex with a minor. Not a person who gives up easily, Polanski spent his time in jail both fighting the extradition … Continue reading The Ghost Writer: Assisting Blair/Polanski

About Last Night…

MAKING LOVE WAS EASY… BEING IN LOVE DIFFICULT. It’s hard to think of this film as based on a David Mamet play – the dialogue is far from memorable and the story has nothing original or interesting to say. We follow a Chicago couple from the moment they first meet, throughout the occasional rough patches, … Continue reading About Last Night…

Jumpin’ Jack Flash

SHE DIDN’T KNOW JACK ABOUT BEING A SPY. Bank employee Terry Doolittle (Whoopi Goldberg) suddenly receives a coded message on her computer that turns out to have been written by a British spy. Whoopi’s first bad career move after breaking through in The Color Purple (1985) would be followed by many others. This is also the subsequently successful … Continue reading Jumpin’ Jack Flash