Posts Tagged ‘america’

Dustin Hoffman (Bernstein), Robert Redford (Woodward). Screenplay by William Goldman. Directed by Alan J. Pakula. Rating: 15. Running time: 130 minutes. All the President’s Men has a handful of lines which will pierce the mildest of political hearts. It’s enough that the film is about arguably the greatest – indisputably the most famous – instance of […]


Tom Hanks (Forrest Gump), Robin Wright (Jenny), Gary Sinise (Lieutenant Dan), Sally Field (Mrs. Gump). Screenplay by Eric Roth. Directed by Robert Zemeckis. Rating: 12. Running time: 142 minutes. For anyone who has seen Drive yet, or Never Let Me Go or An Education for that matter, you will know about that Carey Mulligan look: the puppy […]


Directed by Michael Moore. Rating: 12. Running time: 127 minutes. It may not be novel to highlight the flaws of our world, especially when your subject is the age-old problems stemming from the commodification of everything from land to humans. But as I argued in the case of Fahrenheit 9/11, that a film’s material is […]


Directed by Michael Moore. Rating: 15. Running time: 120 minutes. So in England when you open a bank account, your incentive is normally a free gift like a USB memory stick, or an overdraft, or a railcard. It turns out Michigan is a little different. There, your free gift is a fucking gun. It gets […]


Henry Fonda (Juror #8), Lee J. Cobb (Juror #3). Screenplay by Reginald Rose. Directed by Sidney Lumet. Rating: U. Running time: 96 minutes. Only in America could a film like 12 Angry Men be made. Only there could a country so openly take a long, hard look at the very principles upon which its system […]


Word Is Out must have been incomprehensibly radical for its time. It is hard to fathom just how intense the stigma attached to homosexuality must have been in the Western world merely a few decades ago. And despite the much more liberal times we now live in (and should cherish), this film still speaks volumes […]


Aaron Eckhart (Nick Naylor), Cameron Bright (Joey Naylor), J. K. Simmons (BR), Robert Duvall (Captain), Katie Holmes (Heather Holloway). Screenplay by Jason Reitman. Directed by Jason Reitman. Rating: 15. Running time: 92 minutes. Reitman’s debut effort that looks like it set the tone for his career, Thank You For Smoking succeeds in making a mockery […]