Tag Archives: James Caan

My 12 Favorite Films

Compiling a list of what you believe are the greatest films ever made is a daunting task. Every critic and movie buff has a more or less available list hidden somewhere in their minds (or plainly written down, carefully cultivated). I have resisted to do the latter for many years, even though my list really … Continue reading My 12 Favorite Films

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2

SOMETHING BIG WAS LEFTOVER. Recruited by the world’s most successful inventor, Flint Lockwood and his friends return to their island where a habitat of living food animals has formed. A contrived sequel if there ever was one, but considering how crazy the first movie was – why not? The filmmakers are having a lot of … Continue reading Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs

PREPARE TO GET SERVED. When an aspiring inventor comes up with a machine that turns water into all kinds of foods, he accidentally makes it so powerful that it shoots up into the sky and creates a cheeseburger rain over his island; fun at first, the machine becomes dangerous. A wacky adaptation of a children’s … Continue reading Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs

The Gambler

FOR $10,000 THEY BREAK YOUR ARMS. FOR $20,000 THEY BREAK YOUR LEGS. AXEL FREED OWES $44,000. New York City literature professor Axel Freed (James Caan) has a big gambling debt and turns to his mother (Jacqueline Brookes) for help. James Toback wrote this movie while fighting a gambling addiction, Caan starred in it while battling … Continue reading The Gambler

Dogville

A QUIET LITTLE TOWN NOT FAR FROM HERE. The residents of Dogville, Colorado, agree to offer runaway Grace (Nicole Kidman) sanctuary, with discomforting consequences. Lars von Trier’s first part of a planned trilogy about the U.S. was shot entirely on a soundstage with white stripes standing in for the buildings of Dogville (and the actors … Continue reading Dogville

The Godfather II: From Rags to Riches

The Godfather was an incredible achievement by Francis Ford Coppola. Making a sequel that meets at least some of the expectations is difficult enough, but actually exceeding them, creating another epic that is even more complex and just as entertaining as the first, is outstanding. As if that wasn’t enough, the director also put together a … Continue reading The Godfather II: From Rags to Riches

The Godfather: Paying in Blood

There’s a scene in You’ve Got Mail (1998) where Tom Hanks says, “The Godfather is the sum of all wisdom. The Godfather is the answer to any question”. Every guy loves The Godfather, he explains. Well, there’s plenty in this masterpiece to attract anyone. The first spoken words are “I believe in America” and The Godfather is indeed a story … Continue reading The Godfather: Paying in Blood

Get Smart

SAVING THE WORLD. AND LOVING IT. Intelligence analyst Maxwell Smart (Steve Carell) is promoted to secret agent and teams up with a sexy colleague (Anne Hathaway) to save the planet from an evil organization called KAOS. Another lame adaptation of a hit TV series; Get Smart (1965-1970) was created by Mel Brooks and Buck Henry, but in the hands … Continue reading Get Smart

Bottle Rocket

THEY’RE NOT REALLY CRIMINALS, BUT EVERYBODY’S GOT TO HAVE A DREAM. Along with their neighbor Bob Mapplethorpe (Robert Musgrave), best friends Dignan and Anthony (Owen and Luke Wilson) decide to form a gang and embark on a career in crime. For their first feature film, director Wes Anderson and Owen Wilson expanded the story of an … Continue reading Bottle Rocket

Elf

THIS HOLIDAY, DISCOVER YOUR INNER ELF. A young man (Will Ferrell) who was raised as an elf at Santa’s workshop at the North Pole arrives in New York to find his real father. Director Jon Favreau’s Christmas comedy is funny without being too cute and has become a Yuletide favorite for many over the years. It takes … Continue reading Elf