The best special effect is a good actor. James Spader isn’t messing around in the underrated American giallo JACK’S BACK.
Whit Stillman directs interesting films and writes rather good novels.
I like Matthew Modine, as do all of us.
Olga Kurylenko, My Movie Crush.
I previously talked to Neil Cohen about making the glorious, nutty CHIEF ZABU in some detail. Here I talk to him andco-conspirator Zack Norman (co-star of ROMANCING THE STONE and … Continue reading PART TWO OF THE “ZABU” CHRONICLES: GOING DEEP ON THE UNDERGROUND CLASSIC
David Grovic’s The Bag Man is a delayed entry in the Quentin Tarantino- David Lynch wannabe sweepstakes, when late 1990s filmgoers were bombarded with lousy, self-conscious, pseudohip films filled with violence … Continue reading Does Anyone Remember THE BAG MAN with John Cusack and Robert De Niro? I Do!
This was the first piece I ever published online, in 2013, at Queens Free Press. Blue Jasmine, Woody Allen’s 45th film as a director, is an unusually spirited blend of … Continue reading A Leaky Ship Without A Country: A Review of Woody Allen and Cate Blanchett’s Blue Jasmine
I like Michael Pare.
My first piece on “stealth cinema,” low-budget films with A-List actors, republished.
THE THIRD MIRACLE, a sort of “spiritual detective story” about a troubled priest chosen to investigate whether a laywoman allegedly responsible for a miracle is a suitable candidate for sainthood, … Continue reading An Investigation of Agnieszka Holland’s THE THIRD MIRACLE, and a career spanning talk with its author, Richard Vetere