Tag Archives: Mia Farrow

Radio Days

One of Woody Allen’s most nostalgic features is a comedy-drama that takes us back to his childhood before and during World War II when radio was in the middle of its golden age. It’s a fictional story but filled with the music and impressions that were part of the director’s New York City upbringing. Some … Continue reading Radio Days

A Midsummer Night’s Sex Comedy

SIX CHARACTERS IN SEARCH OF LOVE. In the early 1900s, an inventor (Woody Allen) and his wife (Mary Steenburgen) invite two other couples for a weekend in the country. The director’s admiration for Ingmar Bergman wasn’t limited to earnest dramas, but showed in comedies as well. This enjoyable but slight exercise was inspired by Smiles … Continue reading A Midsummer Night’s Sex Comedy

Hannah and Her Sisters: Saved by the Marx Bros

There’s every reason for Mia Farrow not to enjoy watching this movie. Some of it was shot in her actual apartment, and she has talked about the creepy effect of sitting in one’s apartment flipping through channels and finding a movie that takes place exactly where you’re sitting. Then there’s also the fact that her … Continue reading Hannah and Her Sisters: Saved by the Marx Bros

Rosemary’s Baby: Something Wicked This Way Comes

PRAY FOR ROSEMARY’S BABY. After making Repulsion, Cul-De-Sac and The Fearless Vampire Killers in England, three very good films that differed a lot in style but all had elements of horror in common, Roman Polanski married Sharon Tate whom he had met on the set of the last film and moved to the United States. … Continue reading Rosemary’s Baby: Something Wicked This Way Comes

The Great Gatsby

GONE IS THE ROMANCE THAT WAS SO DIVINE. In 1922, Nick (Sam Waterston) rents a small house next to two Long Island mansions; getting to know both owners he finds out about a secret romance that refuses to die. The most famous screen adaptation of “the great American novel” can hardly be labeled a “great American … Continue reading The Great Gatsby

Be Kind Rewind

YOU NAME IT, WE SHOOT IT. When Jerry (Jack Black) becomes magnetized in an accident, every tape in his buddy’s (Mos Def) video store is destroyed; the solution could be to offer customers amateur versions of famous movies. Versatile director Michel Gondry delivers a kooky comedy that is decidedly Jack Black-ish. Results are uneven, but pretty … Continue reading Be Kind Rewind

The Ex

CREDIT-GRABBING, BACK-STABBING, WIFE-NABBING. JUST ANOTHER DAY AT THE OFFICE.  Tom Reilly (Zach Braff) goes to work for his father-in-law at an ad agency and starts feuding with a wheelchair-bound childhood friend (Jason Bateman) of his wife’s. One of those movies with a cast of TV personalities and a script loaded with sitcom dialogue; when so … Continue reading The Ex

Death on the Nile

While traveling on the Nile on board the riverboat Karnak, Hercule Poirot (Peter Ustinov) passes time solving the murder of a young, female passenger. Meticulously staged in terms of costumes and production design, this murder mystery has its similarities with Murder on the Orient Express (1974). Everything looks just dandy and Poirot has an all-star … Continue reading Death on the Nile

The Omen

HIS DAY WILL COME. Robert Thorn (Liev Schreiber), the American ambassador to England, begins to suspect that his five-year-old son could be the anti-Christ. This remake of the 1976 classic uses the color red in effective ways, offers an interesting take on the decapitation scene of the original and gives Mia Farrow and her Rosemary’s Baby past a … Continue reading The Omen