Tag Archives: Kim Basinger

My 12 Favorite Superhero Movies

Ever since the Marvel Cinematic Universe started dominating the global box office, superheroes have become a safe bet. You may say you’ve grown tired of the genre, but it’s made important cultural advances over the years. They have become more inclusive when it comes to women and minorities, even if the safe basic formulas  really … Continue reading My 12 Favorite Superhero Movies

Fifty Shades Darker

SLIP INTO SOMETHING A SHADE DARKER.  Some time after breaking up with Christian (Jamie Dornan), Ana (Dakota Johnson) agrees to renegotiate their relationship… but a mysterious woman (Kim Basinger) from Christian’s past shows up. The sequel to Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) was helmed by an old pro at steamy thrillers, but it’s hard to … Continue reading Fifty Shades Darker

The Nice Guys

NICE PAIR.  Los Angeles, 1977; enforcer Jackson Healy (Russell Crowe) cooperates with a private eye (Ryan Gosling) to find out what happened to a missing girl who doesn’t want to be found. This action-filled mystery-comedy is virtually a companion piece with Shane Black’s earlier Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005), one difference being that this one … Continue reading The Nice Guys

Grudge Match

A RIVALRY 30 YEARS IN THE MAKING.  Former Pittsburgh boxers Henry Sharp and Billy McDonnen (Sylvester Stallone, Robert De Niro) have a bone to pick with each other ever since their last fight many years ago, and now the time has come for a “grudge match”. A big deal was made out of “Rocky” meeting … Continue reading Grudge Match

L.A. Confidential: City of No Angels

EVERYTHING IS SUSPECT… EVERYONE IS FOR SALE… AND NOTHING IS WHAT IT SEEMS.  In the case of L.A. Confidential, success was far from guaranteed. Director Curtis Hanson had made a few formulaic thrillers, screenwriter Brian Helgeland was not an established name in Hollywood and the two stars, Russell Crowe and Guy Pearce, were mostly known … Continue reading L.A. Confidential: City of No Angels

The Sentinel

IN 141 YEARS, THERE’S NEVER BEEN A TRAITOR IN THE SECRET SERVICE… UNTIL NOW.  When an assassination plot against the U.S. President is revealed, veteran Secret Service agent Pete Garrison (Michael Douglas), who’s fooling around with the First Lady (Kim Basinger), becomes the prime suspect. At first this thriller kind of looks like In the … Continue reading The Sentinel

The Man Who Loved Women

DECIDING WHICH WOMEN IN THE WORLD HE LOVES MOST IS DRIVING HIM OUT OF HIS MIND.  Sculptor David Fowler (Burt Reynolds) is seeing a psychotherapist (Julie Andrews) to figure out why women have such a profound effect on him that it threatens to ruin his life. This remake of the 1977 François Truffaut film belongs … Continue reading The Man Who Loved Women

Never Say Never Again

IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN SEAN CONNERY IN ‘NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN’ THEN YOU HAVEN’T SEEN JAMES BOND 007! James Bond (Sean Connery) cuts his vacation short when SPECTRE steals two nukes as part of an extortion scheme against the world. This film is not part of the official Bond series as it was made by other hands. It … Continue reading Never Say Never Again

Batman: The Jack Nicholson Show

  Tim Burton, a former Disney animator and director of a wild horror comedy called Beetle Juice (1988), suddenly found himself helming a major blockbuster. He carried a heavy burden of responsibility. His job was to make everyone forget the old 1960s TV series that turned Bob Kane’s Batman into an out-of-shape moralist. Burton’s film would introduce … Continue reading Batman: The Jack Nicholson Show