Tag Archives: Paul Mazursky

Other Side of the Wind: Welles’s White Whale

40 YEARS IN THE MAKING. HIS FINAL FILM.  Everybody in the film business has an opinion on Netflix. Theater owners are particularly upset about major awards going to Netflix movies that are being shown just a few weeks in theaters and then immediately being available for streaming. Others in Hollywood thank Netflix for giving them … Continue reading Other Side of the Wind: Welles’s White Whale

Bulworth

BRACE YOURSELF. THIS POLITICIAN IS ABOUT TO TELL THE TRUTH! Running for re-election in 1996, liberal California Senator Jay Billington Bulworth (Warren Beatty) decides that this is the time to have a breakdown and start telling the truth. In this comedy, Beatty finds an opportunity to tell the world what’s wrong with U.S. politics, attacking … Continue reading Bulworth

History of the World – Part I

IN MEL WE TRVST. One of director Mel Brooks’s slightest comedies is an episodic look at historical events, from the dawn of man to the French Revolution. Misery is a theme; regardless of era and place, there’s always been people suffering, often Jews. As expected, Brooks turns it into comedy, as in the memorable scene … Continue reading History of the World – Part I

Alex in Wonderland

Director Alex Morrison (Donald Sutherland) has made his first movie and stands on the verge of stardom… but has no idea what to do next. The Paul Mazursky-Larry Tucker duo followed up on their hit Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969) with a film that possibly reflected their own doubts regarding the future of their careers. … Continue reading Alex in Wonderland

Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice

BOB & CAROL & TED & ALICE REQUEST THE COMPANY OF YOUR PLEASURE.   Bob (Robert Culp) and Carol (Natalie Wood) feel enlightened and sexually liberated after a weekend of group therapy; back home they try to make their friends (Elliott Gould, Dyan Cannon) see the light as well. Paul Mazursky made his directing debut with … Continue reading Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice

Antz

EVERY ANT HAS HIS DAY.   Worker ant Z ends up posing a major threat, along with princess Bala, to a power-crazed general in the hill. This movie and a bug’s life are fortunately what you get when CGI innovators DreamWorks and Pixar compete with each other. It’s a simple but funny, adult film that hopefully should stop you … Continue reading Antz

The Majestic

SOMETIMES YOUR LIFE COMES INTO FOCUS ONE FRAME AT A TIME.  Washed-up Hollywood screenwriter Peter Appleton (Jim Carrey) leaves town, ends up in a car accident and is washed ashore in a small California hamlet where he’s mistaken for a young man who was thought to have died in WWII. A typical Frank Darabont picture; … Continue reading The Majestic