Tag Archives: Tom Sizemore

Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House

When J. Edgar Hoover suddenly dies in 1972 and is replaced by a man with improper ties to Nixon’s White House, FBI special agent Mark Felt (Liam Neeson) becomes increasingly frustrated. The beginning of the Watergate scandal was depicted in All the President’s Men (1976); this far less effective film follows the man who became … Continue reading Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House

USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage

BASED ON A TRUE STORY OF SURVIVAL. On a mission to deliver parts for the atomic bomb that will be used on Hiroshima, the USS Indianapolis is sunk by the Japanese navy; the survivors battle fatigue and sharks. One of the greatest disasters in American military history gets a silver screen treatment of the worst … Continue reading USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage

Point Break

100 % PURE ADRENALINE. Rookie FBI agent Johnny Utah (Keanu Reeves) goes undercover to infiltrate a group of surfers who might have ties to a series of bank robberies executed by a gang who call themselves ”the Ex-Presidents”. A film that didn’t get much attention when it premiered, but has become a cult item over the … Continue reading Point Break

Saving Private Ryan: Spielberg’s Hymn to the Fallen

THE MISSION IS A MAN. Steven Spielberg has directed several masterpieces over the years, but this one is the most controversial. The general sentiment expressed by snobs is that the first 20 minutes, depicting the invasion of Normandy, are outstanding, but the rest is typical Spielberg mush. It’s as if the fact that those 20 … Continue reading Saving Private Ryan: Spielberg’s Hymn to the Fallen

Heat: Cops and Robbers

A LOS ANGELES CRIME SAGA. I remember watching this movie in a theater back in 1995. After about two hours, a woman asked someone sitting close to her, “Do you know how long this movie is?”. He did know, told her and the woman just left. Some people don’t have the stomach for a story … Continue reading Heat: Cops and Robbers

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 … Continue reading Born on the Fourth of July: All Quiet on the Southeastern Front

Pearl Harbor

DECEMBER 7, 1941 – A SURPRISE ATTACK THAT CHANGED THEIR LIVES FOREVER. Hawaii, 1941; the attack on Pearl Harbor is coming, and two fighter pilots (Ben Affleck, Josh Hartnett) are at odds over an attractive nurse (Kate Beckinsale). This was meant to be director Michael Bay’s own Titanic (1997), a lauded epic with grand visual effects and a … Continue reading Pearl Harbor

Black Hawk Down

LEAVE NO MAN BEHIND. This thundering movie takes us to Somalia in 1993 when American troops were drawn into a conflict that taught the U.S. Army a painful lesson; 18 soldiers were killed in Mogadishu. Some criticized Ridley Scott for showing the Somalis as nothing but faceless murderers, and of ignoring important aspects of the … Continue reading Black Hawk Down

Enemy of the State

IT’S NOT PARANOIA IF THEY’RE REALLY AFTER YOU.    Director Tony Scott’s films rarely have much substance to offer, but in this thriller he has found something that fits his grand style like a glove. It is a paranoid story with plenty of pizzazz, starring a likeable Will Smith as an attorney who is hunted … Continue reading Enemy of the State