Author: Brian

Inchon

    Release Date: September 17, 1982 Runtime: 140 minutes Rating: PG Studio: MGM/UA Director: Terence Young Cast: Laurence Olivier; Ben Gazzara; Jacqueline Bisset; Richard Roundtree; Toshiro Mifune Hooooo-boy!! This is the infamous 1981 money-loser, partly financed by the Unification Church and its founder, the Reverend Sun Myung Moon, which, to this day, continues to

Lost Horizon (1973)

    Release Date: March 17, 1973 Runtime: 150 minutes (feels like it!) Rating: G Studio: Columbia Pictures (Sony) Director: Charles Jarrott Cast: Peter Finch; Liv Ullmann; John Gielgud; Sally Kellerman; George Kennedy; Michael York; Olivia Hussey; Bobby Van; James Shigeta; Charles Boyer Hoo-boy!  Where to start with this one? This is Ross Hunter’s infamous

Romancing the Stone

    Release Date: March 30, 1984 Runtime: 106 minutes Rating: PG Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Director: Robert Zemeckis Cast: Michael Douglas; Kathleen Turner; Danny DeVito; Alfonso Arau; Zack Norman Another faaaaaaaantastic movie! They just don’t make movies like this anymore…a good old-fashioned, 80’s action adventure pic.  “Romancing the Stone” is a super-fun ride which

House of Wax

    Release Date: May 6, 2005 Runtime: 113 minutes Rating: R Studio: Warner Bros. Director: Jaume Collet-Serra Cast: Elisha Cuthbert; Chad Michael Murray; Brian Van Holt; Paris Hilton; Jared Padalecki [SPOILER ALERT!] Not as bad as one might expect. Sure, there is some hilariously awful dialogue, typical horror­ movie stupidity, and performances that seem

Bram Stoker’s Dracula

    Release Date: November 13, 1992 Runtime: 128 minutes Rating: R Studio: Columbia Pictures/American Zoetrope Director: Francis Ford Coppola Cast: Gary Oldman; Winona Ryder; Anthony Hopkins; Sadie Frost; Richard E. Grant; Tom Waits; Cary Elwes This is a faaaaaaantastic movie! Francis Ford Coppola’s opulent 1992 take on the Dracula story is a sumptuous film,

Gigli

    Release Date: August 1, 2003 Runtime: 121 minutes Rating: R Studio: Columbia Pictures (Sony) Director: Martin Brest Cast: Ben Affleck; Jennifer Lopez; Justin Bartha; Missy Crider; Al Pacino; Christopher Walken I admit, I went to this film out of morbid curiosity; to see what all the bad buzz was about. Maybe I would

Where The Truth Lies

    Release Date: October 7, 2005 Runtime: 107 minutes Rating: R Studio: THINKFilm Director: Atom Egoyan Cast: Colin Firth; Kevin Bacon; Alison Lohman; Rachel Blanchard; David Hayman This is an interesting little noir.  Not as tight as it could probably be, but still a twisty diversion. Vince Collins (Colin Firth) and Lanny Morris (Kevin

Christmas with the Kranks

    Release Date: November 24, 2004 Runtime: 99 minutes Rating: PG Studio: Columbia Pictures (Sony) Director: Joe Roth Cast: Tim Allen; Jamie Lee Curtis; Dan Aykroyd; Cheech Marin; Jake Busey This is a stunningly awful film.  I’ll admit, I came late, about 15-20 minutes, into this movie, but, quite honestly, I’m glad that I

Contagion

    Release Date: September 9, 2011 Runtime: 106 minutes Rating: PG-13 Studio: Warner Bros. Director: Steven Soderbergh Cast: Matt Damon; Kate Winslet; Jude Law; Marion Cotillard; Gwyneth Paltrow; Laurence Fishburne “Outbreak” for the new millennium.  Steven Soderbergh’s mysterious virus-that-decimates-the-population movie has a great first hour, when people mysteriously begin coughing and having headaches, but

The Da Vinci Code

    Release Date: May 19, 2006 Runtime: 149 minutes Rating: PG-13 Studio: Columbia Pictures (Sony) Director: Ron Howard Cast: Tom Hanks; Audrey Tautou; Ian McKellen; Jean Reno; Paul Bettany; Alfred Molina OK, I read “The Da Vinci Code” a long time ago, so the details of the story are not fresh in my head.