Tag Archives: Matthew Broderick

Margaret

17-year-old Manhattan student Lisa Cohen (Anna Paquin) can’t get over the death of a woman who’s run over by a bus; she feels guilty because of a quick interaction between her and the bus driver… Kenneth Lonergan’s second film as director was shot in 2005, but delayed for years because of several lawsuits. The editing … Continue reading Margaret

The Lion King: Feeling the Love

THE CIRCLE OF LIFE.  In the early 1990s, during the production of the songs for Disney’s upcoming animated adventure The Lion King, West End legend Tim Rice had been hired to write the lyrics. When his attempts to get Benny Andersson as a composing partner fell through, he turned to Elton John. The pop star … Continue reading The Lion King: Feeling the Love

Manchester by the Sea: Laugh While You Cry

This film opens with (and frequently returns to) lovely images of the waters just off Manchester-by-the-Sea, a small Massachusetts community. It struck me that through director Kenneth Lonergans eyes at least this place looks similar to many others around the world. In fact, it reminded me of the archipelago outside the small town in southern … Continue reading Manchester by the Sea: Laugh While You Cry

Trainwreck

ALL ABOARD.  Twentysomething Amy Townsend (Amy Schumer), who wouldn’t dream of having a relationship, is assigned to write an article on a sports doctor (Bill Hader). Comedian Schumer’s first movie script is a treat in the hands of Judd Apatow who’s shown a knack for creating films that are funny, heartfelt and has roles for … Continue reading Trainwreck

New Year’s Eve

THE ONE NIGHT ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE. Garry Marshall followed up his ensemble piece Valentine’s Day (2010) with a similar film, made to entertain young and old as we contemplate the (romantic?) possibilities of a new year. The cast is full of stars, but focus tends to lie on younger, popular talent. What everybody has in common though … Continue reading New Year’s Eve

Tower Heist

IT’S NOT JUST A ROBBERY. IT’S PAYBACK. When Josh Kovacs (Ben Stiller) and a group of employees at an exclusive NYC apartment building learn that one of the tenants, a Wall Street tycoon (Alan Alda), has embezzled their pension funds, they plot revenge. Certainly a heist movie for our times as the villain will remind audiences of Bernie … Continue reading Tower Heist

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

Glory: From Slaves to Soldiers

THEIR INNOCENCE. THEIR HERITAGE. THEIR LIVES. NOTHING WOULD BE SPARED IN THE FIGHT FOR THEIR FREEDOM. One of the best films of 1989 has also become one of the best-loved movies ever made about the American Civil War. As in the case of Gettysburg (1993), the filmmakers tried to stay close to the real events and details … Continue reading Glory: From Slaves to Soldiers

The Producers

Down-on-his-luck Broadway producer Max Bialystock (Nathan Lane) talks a clean-cut accountant (Matthew Broderick) into joining him in a scheme where they will make money from putting on a show guaranteed to fail. This adaptation of the Broadway smash hit was done pretty much the way the play was produced; the original director made it together … Continue reading The Producers

Bee Movie

HONEY JUST GOT FUNNY. Barry B. Benson, a honey bee, has just graduated from college, but before he goes to work in the honey industry he ventures out in the human world where he discovers injustices. Jerry Seinfeld’s grand animated project was reportedly not the result of some fully thought-through idea; the premise is very reminiscent … Continue reading Bee Movie

Strangers With Candy

HIGH SCHOOL IS DIFFICULT… FOR A 47-YEAR-OLD EX-CON JUNKIE CRACK WHORE. 47-year-old ex-con Jerri Blank (Amy Sedaris) promises her comatose dad (Dan Hedaya) to go back to high school. That’s the plot and fans of the original TV show (which ran from 1999-2000) will recognize it. One has to wonder why they didn’t try to … Continue reading Strangers With Candy