Tag Archives: James Remar

USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage

BASED ON A TRUE STORY OF SURVIVAL. On a mission to deliver parts for the atomic bomb that will be used on Hiroshima, the USS Indianapolis is sunk by the Japanese navy; the survivors battle fatigue and sharks. One of the greatest disasters in American military history gets a silver screen treatment of the worst … Continue reading USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage

Miracle on 34th Street

EXPERIENCE THE MIRACLE.  A remake of the 1947 Christmas classic where a department store event director (Elizabeth Perkins) hires a friendly, helpful old man (Richard Attenborough) to be Santa… but then he turns out to actually believe in the myth. The film tries to update the story a little bit, but still goes for an … Continue reading Miracle on 34th Street

Judge Dredd

ONE MAN IS JUDGE, JURY AND EXECUTIONER.  In the 2080s, most of mankind live in huge “Mega-Cities” where crime is rampant; Joseph Dredd (Sylvester Stallone) works as virtually a one-man army, serving as a cop, judge and executioner. The director’s first Hollywood movie disappointed fans of the original comic book. The action is well paced … Continue reading Judge Dredd

Dexter: Brother, Friend, Serial Killer

After the final season of Dexter, it’s kind of hard to remember how well received this show was at first. The main title sequence was pure brilliance. Set to Rolfe Kent’s disarmingly offbeat theme, it presented Dexter’s morning routines, but in such a clever way that simple acts of cracking eggs, grinding coffee beans, shaving … Continue reading Dexter: Brother, Friend, Serial Killer

Red

THERE’S NO SUBSTITUTE FOR EXPERIENCE.  Former CIA agent Frank Moses (Bruce Willis) is targeted by a team of killers, but escapes; he subsequently gathers old pros and goes after those responsible for the attack. This adaptation of a graphic novel may lack the kind of visual flair that most have, and it also has a … Continue reading Red

Django Unchained

LIFE, LIBERTY AND THE PURSUIT OF VENGEANCE. In 1858, a German bounty hunter (Christoph Waltz) buys a slave, Django (Jamie Foxx), and makes a deal with him: if Django helps him identify three wanted brothers, he’s a free man. With Quentin Tarantino, you know what you’re getting – this unashamedly blood-soaked, overlong spaghetti Western pays … Continue reading Django Unchained

Pineapple Express

PUT THIS IN YOUR PIPE AND SMOKE IT. When process server and stoner Dale Denton (Seth Rogen) accidentally witnesses a murder, he and his drug dealer (James Franco) take it on the lam. This surprisingly hilarious comedy offers the same buddy-buddy ingredients as in co-writer Judd Apatow’s own movies and fuses them successfully with what might … Continue reading Pineapple Express

Ratatouille: The Little Chef That Could

HE’S DYING TO BECOME A CHEF. In creating the concept for Ratatouille, director Brad Bird got help from Thomas Keller, a distinguished chef. He advised the director on what goes on in the busy kitchen of a successful, classy restaurant and also had a few culinary tips up his sleeve, including the design of the ratatouille … Continue reading Ratatouille: The Little Chef That Could