Tag Archives: Jason Robards

Parenthood

IT COULD HAPPEN TO YOU.  One of the director’s most beloved films is a drama-comedy that feels genuine and relevant precisely because it was conceived by him and the writing duo who all poured their combined rich experiences of being parents into the script. The conflicts that the Buckman family are going through feel believable … Continue reading Parenthood

Magnolia: Meet the Miserables

THINGS FALL DOWN. PEOPLE LOOK UP. AND WHEN IT RAINS, IT POURS.  After the success of Boogie Nights (1997), director Paul Thomas Anderson found himself in a very fortunate position and thought hard about how to take advantage. He started writing what was supposed to be a small and intimate movie, but it blossomed and … Continue reading Magnolia: Meet the Miserables

Crimson Tide

DANGER RUNS DEEP. Just as the U.S. and Russia are facing the threat of nuclear war, the submarine USS Alabama heads out on a mission with a seasoned commander (Gene Hackman) and a fresh executive officer (Denzel Washington). The most macho submarine thriller you can imagine naturally comes from the director and producer of Top … Continue reading Crimson Tide

Julia: The Girl Who Went Out on a Limb

THE STORY OF TWO WOMEN EHOSE FRIENDSHIP SUDDENLY BECAME A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH.  When Vanessa Redgrave was Oscar-nominated for this film, she faced heavy criticism from the Jewish Defense League, an organization whose objective is to fight anti-Semitism in America, but it has often resorted to violence and terrorism and been labeled a … Continue reading Julia: The Girl Who Went Out on a Limb

Tora! Tora! Tora!

THE INCREDIBLE ATTACK ON PEARL HARBOR. An ambitious epic aiming to do for the 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor what The Longest Day (1962) did for the D-Day landings at Normandy – cover the event thoroughly from both sides. Unlike The Longest Day though, the filmmakers chose lesser known stars in order not to … Continue reading Tora! Tora! Tora!

Once Upon a Time in the West: When the Railroad Came to Town

THERE WERE THREE MEN IN HER LIFE. ONE TO TAKE HER… ONE TO LOVE HER… AND ONE TO KILL HER. This film wasn’t always loved. At its U.S. premiere, Paramount listened to critics who thought Sergio Leone’s new Western was too long and slow, and edited it down to 145 minutes. Whole scenes were cut … Continue reading Once Upon a Time in the West: When the Railroad Came to Town

Philadelphia

NO ONE WOULD TAKE HIS CASE… UNTIL ONE MAN WAS WILLING TO TAKE ON THE SYSTEM. When Philadelphia attorney Andrew Beckett (Tom Hanks) is suddenly fired from his law firm after the senior partners realize that he has AIDS, he enlists the support of a homophobic colleague (Denzel Washington). After the success of The Silence … Continue reading Philadelphia

All the President’s Men: Exposing a CREEP

THE MOST DEVASTATING DETECTIVE STORY OF THE CENTURY! When I was in journalism school, I took a course in investigative journalism. That particular genre is still the finest you can do as a news writer; expose fraud, challenge authorities. It’s not what I do nowadays but I’m not sure it’s my thing after all. Still, … Continue reading All the President’s Men: Exposing a CREEP

Enemy of the State

IT’S NOT PARANOIA IF THEY’RE REALLY AFTER YOU.  Director Tony Scott’s films rarely have much substance to offer, but in this thriller he has found something that fits his grand style like a glove. It is a paranoid story with plenty of pizzazz, starring a likeable Will Smith as an attorney who is hunted for … Continue reading Enemy of the State