Category: Drama

Meditations on Movies: James Cameron and ‘Titanic’

    Release Date: December 19, 1997 Runtime: 194 minutes Rating: PG-13 Studio: Twentieth Century Fox / Paramount Pictures Director: James Cameron Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio; Kate Winslet; Billy Zane; Kathy Bates; Frances Fisher; Victor Garber; Gloria Stuart In the spirit of Oscar season, I thought I would revisit some previous Academy Award winners in the

Zero Dark Thirty*

    Release Date: January 11, 2013 Runtime: 157 minutes Rating: R Studio: Columbia Pictures (Sony) Director: Kathryn Bigelow Cast: Jessica Chastain; Jason Clarke; Kyle Chandler; Jennifer Ehle; Chris Pratt [POSSIBLE SPOILERS, I guess…] Goooooooood movie!! The search for Osama Bin Laden took a really long time. While most of the American public wasn’t aware

Silver Linings Playbook*

    Release Date: December 25, 2012 Runtime: 122 minutes Rating: R Studio: The Weinstein Company Director: David O’Russell Cast: Bradley Cooper; Jennifer Lawrence; Robert DeNiro; Chris Tucker; Jacki Weaver This movie is faaaaantastic!  A romantic movie for grown-ups, teeming with brave, brilliant performances from the leads right down to the support.  I was astonished

Hitchcock*

    Release Date: December 14, 2012 Runtime: 98 minutes Rating: PG-13 Studio: Fox Searchlight Director: Sacha Gervasi Cast: Anthony Hopkins; Helen Mirren; Danny Huston; Scarlett Johansson; Jessica Biel A behind-the-scenes look at the making of Alfred Hitchcock’s classic “Psycho,” set against the backdrop of Hitch’s relationship with wife Alma…..and therein lays the problem. This

Inserts

    Release Date: February 13, 1976 Runtime: 117 minutes Rating: NC-17 Studio: United Artists (MGM) Director: John Byrum Cast: Richard Dreyfuss; Bob Hoskins; Veronica Cartwright; Jessica Harper; Stephen Davies This early Richard Dreyfuss starrer is essentially a chamber piece centered on an alcoholic former film director in the 1930’s, now reduced to making quickie silent-movie porn.

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

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

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 Oscar

    Release Date: March 4, 1966 Runtime: 119 minutes Rating: N/A Studio: Paramount Director: Russell Rouse Cast: Stephen Boyd; Milton Berle; Elke Sommer; Jill St. John; Tony Bennett; a slew of other Oscar winners/nominees While watching this train wreck of a film, a number of questions occurred to me. The first came to me