Tag Archives: Malcolm McDowell

Some Kind of Beautiful

EVERY GOOD LOVE STORY HAS THREE SIDES. British literature professor Richard Haig (Pierce Brosnan) starts a new family with his much younger American girlfriend (Jessica Alba), but his first encounter with her fiery sister (Salma Hayek) is embarrassing… A romantic comedy that works above all as a vehicle for Brosnan’s charm. He seems to be … Continue reading Some Kind of Beautiful

Home Alone: The Holiday Heist

When their parents leave the house to go Christmas shopping, 10-year-old Finn Baxter (Christian Martyn) and his older sister (Jodelle Ferland) are left home alone… and a group of thieves see their chance. After a decade-long break, the franchise is brought back with a fifth installment that flirts heavily with the original. As in the … Continue reading Home Alone: The Holiday Heist

Easy A

LET’S NOT AND SAY WE DID. High schooler Olive Penderghast (Emma Stone) lies about losing her virginity and finds that spreading rumors has interesting consequences in school… We’ve all seen high school movies inspired by Shakespeare, and here’s one that applies the drama of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The Scarlet Letter” to this environment in a breezy, … Continue reading Easy A

The Book of Eli

Some will kill to have it. He will kill to protect it. Some time after a nuclear catastrophe, Eli (Denzel Washington) arrives in a small town run by Carnegie’s (Gary Oldman) vicious gang; when they learn that Eli has a very powerful book they do everything to grab it. The Hughes Brothers’ first movie in … Continue reading The Book of Eli

The Artist: A Silent Treatment

Michel Hazanavicius is obviously a man who loves the cinema. French audiences know his OSS 117 films, spoofs of the spy genre, and he had allegedly been thinking about making a silent film for a long time when the opportunity finally came. We don’t see many of those these days; the last one to receive wide distribution was … Continue reading The Artist: A Silent Treatment

Clockwork Orange: Hanging With Your Droogs

BEING THE ADVENTURES OF A YOUNG MAN… WHO COULDN’T RESIST PRETTY GIRLS… OR A BIT OF THE OLD ULTRA-VIOLENCE… WENT TO JAIL, WAS RE-CONDITIONED… AND CAME OUT A DIFFERENT YOUNG MAN… OR WAS HE? Author Anthony Burgess allegedly complained that this film adaptation of his novel became so talked-about that it overshadowed everything else he … Continue reading Clockwork Orange: Hanging With Your Droogs


UNBRIDLED. UNBROKEN. UNBEATEN.  In 1890, cowboy Frank T. Hopkins (Viggo Mortensen) travels to Arabia to compete with his horse Hidalgo in a race to Damascus; some of his competitors are ruthless. Joe Johnston is a reliable craftsman; this film is an exciting, old-fashioned adventure flick suitable for family audiences. It was reportedly based on reality, … Continue reading Hidalgo

Cat People

AN EROTIC FANTASY FOR THE ANIMAL IN US ALL. At the same time as Irena Gallier (Nastassja Kinski) moves into her brother’s (Malcolm McDowell) home, a ferocious black panther is terrorizing the neighborhood. This film is loosely based on the 1942 classic, but it has been “schraderized”; the director recognizes sexual urges as a power … Continue reading Cat People