Archive for June, 2011

Carmen Maura (Pepa), Antonio Banderas (Carlos), Rossy de Palma (Marisa). Screenplay by Pedro Almodóvar. Directed by Pedro Almodóvar. Rating: 12. Running time: 90 minutes. If you’ve seen any Almodóvar films at all, then you’ll be aware by now that any and all of them sound stupid when their plots are penned to paper, the reason […]

Al Pacino (Tony Montana), Michelle Pfeiffer (Elvira Hancock), Steven Bauer (Manny Ribera). Screenplay by Oliver Stone. Rating: 18. Running time: 170 minutes. You may notice early on in Scarface that the film pans out like a Grand Theft Auto game: we begin with the obligatory scene setters, introducing us to our main character who so obviously […]

Gene Hackman (Harry Caul), John Cazale (Stan), Harrison Ford (Martin Stett). Screenplay by Francis Ford Coppola. Directed by Francis Ford Coppola. Rating: 12. Running time: 112 minutes. As I watched The Conversation, I was reminded of Blow-Up. Not because the style is similarly distinctive, and at times so self-consciously art-house, though those two traits undoubtedly hold true […]

Daniel Day Lewis (Daniel Plainview). Screenplay by Paul Thomas Anderson. Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. Rating: 12A. Running time: 158 minutes. If there’s one thing There Will Be Blood puts beyond any doubt, it’s that Daniel Day Lewis is today’s Marlon Brando. He may sit comfortably amongst a handful of actors any of which could fairly claim […]

Daniel Day-Lewis (Bill Cutting), Leonardo DiCaprio (Amsterdam), Cameron Diaz (Jenny Everdeane), Jim Broadbent (William Tweed), Liam Neeson (Priest Vallon), Brendan Gleeson (Walter McGinn). Screenplay by Jay Cocks, Kenneth Lonergan and Stephen Zaillian. Directed by Martin Scorsese. Rating: 18. Running time: 167 minutes. So if you ever get the privilege of visiting Manhattan and you manage […]