Tag Archives: Jeffrey Jones

Deadwood: The Movie

WELCOME THE FUCK BACK. In 1889, as South Dakota is celebrating its entrance into the Union, a few familiar faces are coming back to Deadwood where a significantly weakened Al Swearangen (Ian McShane) is still holding court. It took many years to get this TV movie, a bittersweet and very engaging conclusion to the 2004-2006 … Continue reading Deadwood: The Movie

The Devil’s Advocate

THE NEWEST ATTORNEY AT THE WORLD’S MOST POWERFUL LAW FIRM HAS NEVER LOST A CASE. BUT HE’S ABOUT TO LOSE HIS SOUL. Florida attorney Kevin Lomax (Keanu Reeves) is recruited by John Milton (Al Pacino), a senior partner at a powerful New York law firm, but Lomax and his wife (Charlize Theron) soon discover that their … Continue reading The Devil’s Advocate

Deadwood: How the West Was Won

David Milch, already a seasoned showrunner in the mid-aughts with experience from NYPD Blue, came to HBO with plans for a new TV series about the rise of a civilization. He was originally thinking of Rome, but that ship had already sailed with an upcoming show co-created by Bruno Heller and John Milius. Instead, Milch … Continue reading Deadwood: How the West Was Won

Hemingway & Gellhorn

WE WERE GOOD IN WAR. AND WHEN THERE WAS NO WAR, WE MADE OUR OWN.  In 1936, war correspondent Martha Gellhorn (Nicole Kidman) meets Ernest Hemingway (Clive Owen) in Key West; their subsequent relationship is marked by wars and a fiery romance. Another prestige project from HBO, directed by a famous filmmaker, with movie stars … Continue reading Hemingway & Gellhorn

Hunt for Red October: Run Silent, Run Deep

INVISIBLE. SILENT. STOLEN. In 1988, Die Hard had been such a tremendous hit that a sequel was inevitable. The film’s director, John McTiernan, was obviously considered for it. In the end, he chose to do something else. Adapting Tom Clancy’s “The Hunt for Red October” may seem like a natural follow-up, and it certainly is a thriller, … Continue reading Hunt for Red October: Run Silent, Run Deep

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

LEISURE RULES. High-school teen Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick) pretends to be sick and spends the day with his best friends (Alan Ruck, Mia Sara)… but the Dean of Students (Jeffrey Jones) is on to him. This John Hughes comedy has become a classic, much-loved even by many critics. I can certainly see the charm, but not … Continue reading Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Without a Clue

MEET THE WORLD’S GREATEST DETECTIVE… AND SHERLOCK HOLMES.  Dr. Watson (Ben Kingsley) is a brilliant detective, but since no one is interested in hiring a physician to solve crimes he’s had to invent a fictional detective, Sherlock Holmes, and hire an actor (Michael Caine) to play him. A clever idea for this comedy, one I’m … Continue reading Without a Clue

Beetle Juice

THE NAME IN LAUGHTER FROM THE HEREAFTER. The recently deceased Maitlands (Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis) find it difficult to scare off an unpleasant family that’s moved into their house; maybe a ghost that exorcises people is the answer? Director Tim Burton’s second film became his breakthrough and his knack for mixing up comedy with darker stuff … Continue reading Beetle Juice

Amadeus: The Burden of Mediocrity

AMADEUS. THE MAN. THE MUSIC. THE MAGIC. THE MADNESS. THE MURDER. THE MYSTERY. THE MOTION PICTURE.   Most of us recognize Antonio Salieri’s feelings. He has worked hard to achieve something, got a good education and has managed to become court composer to Austrian Emperor Joseph II. His music is reasonably popular. And yet he … Continue reading Amadeus: The Burden of Mediocrity

Sleepy Hollow

HEADS WILL ROLL. In 1799, New York constable Ichabod Crane (Johnny Depp) is sent to a hamlet called Sleepy Hollow to investigate a series of murders where the victims’ heads have been lopped off; the locals blame a ghost, the Headless Horseman. Published in 1820, Washington Irving’s short story is one of the earliest great … Continue reading Sleepy Hollow

The Crucible

ARTHUR MILLER’S TIMELESS TALE OF TRUTH ON TRIAL.  Salem, Massachusetts, 1692; a couple of girls are believed to be demonically possessed and another, Abigail Williams (Winona Ryder), claims to have seen one of the slaves talking to Satan… And so begins this adaptation of Arthur Miller’s most famous and influential play, one that was particularly … Continue reading The Crucible

Ed Wood

MOVIES WERE HIS PASSION. WOMEN WERE HIS INSPIRATION. SWEATERS WERE HIS WEAKNESS.  Perhaps the eccentric and gifted Tim Burton felt there was a connection between himself and Edward D. Wood, Jr. – two visionaries with a taste for the truly odd. This is essentially what a Wood picture would look like had the director been … Continue reading Ed Wood