Tag Archives: Tim Robbins

Top Gun

UP THERE WITH THE BEST OF THE BEST.  Pete “Maverick” Mitchell (Tom Cruise) attends the Navy’s Fighter Weapons School, but his reckless performance as a fighter pilot and his romance with one of the instructors (Kelly McGillis) could ground him forever… One of the most popular blockbusters of the 1980s is impressively staged with golden-hued … Continue reading Top Gun

Mystic River: Gone Girl

WE BURY OUR SINS, WE WASH THEM CLEAN. Even after the phenomenal Unforgiven (1992), the movie that won Clint Eastwood an Oscar as director, the aging filmmaker went on making a slew of films in the latter half of the decade that always had interesting ingredients but were generally speaking done in by an overly … Continue reading Mystic River: Gone Girl

Dead Man Walking: Soul Food

Actor Tim Robbins’s first film as a director was Bob Roberts (1992), a political satire that remains relevant to this day. The movie revealed a filmmaker who was passionate and outspoken about his beliefs, and when Dead Man Walking emerged as his second directorial effort there was reason to believe that he would use the … Continue reading Dead Man Walking: Soul Food

Green Lantern

IN OUR DARKEST HOUR, THERE WILL BE LIGHT. Test pilot Hal Jordan (Ryan Reynolds) is “chosen” by a ring brought to Earth by an alien to become a Green Lantern, an intergalactic “cop” with superpowers. This 3D adventure took a long time to get off the ground, cost a lot of money and was generally … Continue reading Green Lantern

Bob Roberts

VOTE FIRST. ASK QUESTIONS LATER. Pennsylvanian Bob Roberts (Tim Robbins) is running for a seat in the U.S. Senate and is quickly winning votes as a folk-singing rebel – but his agenda is radically right-wing. The same year as the American people elected Bill Clinton president, Robbins directed his first feature, a political satire that portrays … Continue reading Bob Roberts

High Fidelity

A COMEDY ABOUT FEAR OF COMMITMENT, HATING YOUR JOB, FALLING IN LOVE AND OTHER POP FAVORITES. Rob Gordon (John Cusack), owner of a small record store in Chicago, is dumped by his girlfriend (Iben Hjejle) and tries unsuccessfully to get over her. The setting in Nick Hornby’s amusing, somewhat angst-ridden British novel has been changed … Continue reading High Fidelity

Tenacious D: The Pick of Destiny

THE GREATEST MOTION PICTURE OF ALL TIME. The story of how JB and KG got together to form the greatest rock band in the world, Tenacious D; will they find the magical guitar pick that brings fame, fortune and talent to any pretender? The celebrities are fun to watch and fans of Jack Black and … Continue reading Tenacious D: The Pick of Destiny

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy

HIS NEWS IS BIGGER THAN YOUR NEWS. San Diego, the 1970s; Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) is loving life as a popular local news anchorman, but the arrival of a female colleague (Christina Applegate) rattles Ron and the other boys at the station. This looks like one of those comedies where they have written an entire film … Continue reading Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy

War of the Worlds

THEY’RE ALREADY HERE. When tripods taller than buildings suddenly burst out from under the ground and start blasting everything and everyone to pieces, Ray Ferrier (Tom Cruise) grabs his kids and runs for dear life. The second big-screen Hollywood adaptation of the old H.G. Wells classic is largely faithful, displaying both the strengths and weaknesses of … Continue reading War of the Worlds

Antitrust

TRUST IS NOT AN OPTION.  It shares similarities with The Devil’s Advocate (1997), this story about Milo Hoffmann (Ryan Phillippe), a very clever (and uncharacteristically good-looking) computer geek who is hired by a huge corporation and its boyish, enthusiastic CEO who looks like Bill Gates. But it’s not a serious tale about attempts to monopolize … Continue reading Antitrust