Tag Archives: Tom Berenger

Hatfields & McCoys

NEVER FORGIVE. NEVER FORGET. Shortly after the Civil War, two families in the West Virginia-Kentucky area begin a feud that takes on epic proportions over the following three decades. The story of the most notorious family feud in American history gets an exciting and handsome treatment in the History channel’s first stab at scripted drama. … Continue reading Hatfields & McCoys

Born on the Fourth of July: All Quiet on the Southeastern Front

A STORY OF INNOCENCE LOST AND COURAGE FOUND. It took a while for me to realize that the date I revisited this film on Bluray was July 4th. I may be daft, but so is anyone who doesn’t consider this film to be another example of just how patriotic Oliver Stone is. Along with World … Continue reading Born on the Fourth of July: All Quiet on the Southeastern Front

Inception: Dream Warriors

YOUR MIND IS THE SCENE OF THE CRIME. One of the most exciting things we can experience in our lives takes place when we sleep. Scenarios play out in our dreams that are genuinely unpredictable and emotional. Regardless of whether they happen in a large-scale setting or in more intimate situations, dreams remind us of … Continue reading Inception: Dream Warriors

Platoon: Taking the Pain

THE FIRST CASUALTY OF WAR IS INNOCENCE. After serving in Vietnam, earning a Bronze Star as well as a Purple Heart, Oliver Stone came back to the United States in 1968. Disgusted with the way the war was portrayed by John Wayne in the now infamous Green Berets that year, Stone wrote down his experiences. Even though … Continue reading Platoon: Taking the Pain

Gettysburg: Brother Against Brother

SAME LAND. SAME GOD. DIFFERENT DREAMS. There’s no question that Ted Turner and Ronald Maxwell have been good for each other. Turner founded Turner Pictures and its first release was supposed to be a six-hour miniseries based on a novel about the 1863 battle of Gettysburg. Well, the miniseries turned out to be such an … Continue reading Gettysburg: Brother Against Brother

The Gingerbread Man

Novelist John Grisham’s first stab at writing a screenplay looked promising with that director and that cast. Kenneth Branagh is good, with a Southern drawl and all, as the clueless Georgia attorney who gets to know a woman (Embeth Davidtz) who is tormented by her deranged father (Robert Duvall). The movie is a classically sweaty, … Continue reading The Gingerbread Man