Tag Archive: Harvey Keitel

Saturn 3

B (out of 5) Earth is overcrowded and harvesting food has been outsourced to other celestial bodies manned by small crews, including a moon of Saturn where Kirk Douglas and Farrah Fawcett live completely alone… Continue reading

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The Comedian

BB (out of 5) A once-famous comic (Robert De Niro) has to settle for the crummy gigs his devoted agent (Edie Falco) gets for him, divey bars outside the city where crowds mostly ignore… Continue reading

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Youth

BBBB (out of 5) Famous composer and conductor Michael Caine and filmmaker Harvey Keitel are old friends staying at a luxurious resort in Switzerland, Caine retired from conducting music and Keitel working on… Continue reading

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The Grand Budapest Hotel

BBBB (out of 5) Wes Anderson turns to the inspiration of Stefan Zweig for a glimpse of old-world European daintiness filtered through his own precious imagination.  Author Jude Law visits a faded grand hotel… Continue reading

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National Treasure

BBB.5 (out of 5) As a boy, Benjamin Franklin Gates is told a bedtime story he will never forget: his grandfather tells him of a secret conspiracy involving their family, about the Founding… Continue reading

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Mortal Thoughts

BBBB (out of 5) Riveting thriller is a rare example of genre work from director Alan Rudolph, one of his best and most interesting films. Placing the emphasis on character development, the film… Continue reading

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Red Dragon

BBB (out of 5) Taking place right before the events depicted in The Silence of the Lambs, this new chapter in the fascination with Hannibal Lecter has Anthony Hopkins return in the role of… Continue reading

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The January Man

BB (out of 5) An all-star cast can’t save this incredibly dull mystery-comedy. Kevin Kline, who can never manage to save bad material, plays an ex-cop who was pushed off the force thanks… Continue reading

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U-571

BB.5 (out of 5) Well-intentioned but boring retread of Das Boot that features hunky Matthew McConaughey and a cast of good ole boys (who mysteriously all look the same, I could never tell who… Continue reading

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Crime Spree

B (out of 5) Messy garbage directed and written by Brad Mirman, scribe of that classic Madonna thriller Body Of Evidence. Gerard Depardieu and pals are bumbling thieves who have screwed up their last… Continue reading

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Prince Of Central Park

BBBB (out of 5) This tender story is a terrific viewing choice for the whole family. Kathleen Turner is excellent as a woman whose devastation over a personal loss has ended her marriage with… Continue reading

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Bugsy

BBB (out of 5) Thoroughly overrated gangster movie tells the true story of Benjamin Siegel (Warren Beatty) and his dream to build Las Vegas. Beatty, after years of being criticized for his placid,… Continue reading

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Bad Timing

BBB (out of 5) Art Garfunkel meets Theresa Russell at a party and they begin an intense affair that spins out of control when their destructive obsession with each other, and her particularly self-destructive ways,… Continue reading

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Falling In Love

BB (out of 5) You never would have believed that a film combining the talents of Meryl Streep and Robert De Niro would be so boring, but here it is. They play two strangers, each… Continue reading

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Be Cool

BBB.5 (out of 5) Being cool is the one thing you don’t need to tell John Travolta to be, especially not in the one role that has suited him more than any other he’s… Continue reading

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Dangerous Game

BB.5 (out of 5) Unfortunate moment in Madonna‘s film career where a good performances goes unnoticed, unlike her more highly publicized failures.   The plot concerns a director (Harvey Keitel) making a disturbing… Continue reading

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Bad Lieutenant

BBB (out of 5) Harvey Keitel is the perfect choice to play this dangerous role in Abel Ferrara’s strong if overripe drama about a cop who frequently colours outside the lines. He snorts cocaine… Continue reading

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Reflections In A Golden Eye

BB (out of 5) One of the absolute strangest experiences you’ll ever have watching a Hollywood film; I’m convinced that cast and crew alike were high on mushrooms when they filmed it. Two… Continue reading

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Clockers

BBB (out of 5) More in-your-face excellence from Spike Lee, whose adaptation of Richard Price’s novel about drug dealing on the streets of New York has its good and bad points. It focuses… Continue reading

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Thelma and Louise

BBBBB (out of 5) So much has been said and written about this film and its politics since it was first released in 1991 that it’s a relief to watch it again and… Continue reading

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Taxi Driver

BBBBB (out of 5) An absolutely perfect film, mostly remembered now (unfortunately) for Robert De Niro’s oft-imitated, never duplicated mirror monologue (who can say “You talkin’ to me?” without making someone shudder?). He… Continue reading

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Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore

BBBBB (out of 5) Ellen Burstyn is fantastic as middle-aging wife and mother Alice, whose life is torn apart when her neglectful husband is killed in a car accident and she is left… Continue reading

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The Last Temptation Of Christ

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Extremely negative (and in some cases dangerous) publicity destroyed the reception to an intelligent and beautiful film. Based on Nikos Kazantzakis’ equally controversial novel, it tells the story of… Continue reading

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Holy Smoke

BBBB (out of 5) Exciting and inventive story about a young woman (Kate Winslet) who travels to India and joins a cult. Feigning a terminal illness in the family, her parents lure her… Continue reading

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The Piano

BBBBB (out of 5) Holly Hunter revives her career with her letter-perfect performance as a mute Scottish woman with an iron will who is sent to New Zealand as a mail-order bride for a… Continue reading

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Inglourious Basterds

BBB.5 (out of 5) There’s a scene, relatively early on in this picture, when a member of the titular special elite force of Jewish American soldiers secretly operating in Germany finishes his killing… Continue reading

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Reservoir Dogs

BBBB (out of 5) Quentin Tarantino turned heads with this outrageous directorial debut, one of the most shockingly violent films to be made in the independent film scene. A group of criminals are… Continue reading

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Pulp Fiction

BBBB (out of 5) Independent film became a truly commercial entity when Quentin Tarantino’s brilliant drama hit the big screens and took audiences by storm. It’s an epic piece about low-level gangsters, a… Continue reading

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Arthur And The Invisibles (Arthur Et Les Minimoys)

B (out of 5) One of the worst animated children’s film to be foisted upon the innocent young since Quest For Camelot.  Freddie Highmore preens and prances big eyes and an insincere smile as… Continue reading

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Moonrise Kingdom

BB.5 (out of 5) Wes Anderson creates another ode to the language of quirk with this disaffected tale of young love between pre-teens. A socially uncomfortable young man spending the summer with Anderson’s… Continue reading

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Point Of No Return

BB.5 (out of 5) The perfect way to examine the cultural differences between European and American cinema is by comparing this to its original, La Femme Nikita. Both start out with the tale… Continue reading

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Lulu On The Bridge

BB.5 (out of 5) This romantic drama with touches of science-fiction has moments of pure loveliness but doesn’t maintain its intensity throughout. Harvey Keitel plays a jazz musician whose career is taken away from… Continue reading

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Smoke

BB.5 (out of 5) A corner cigar shop in Brooklyn is the center of activity in this well-intentioned but uninteresting film. The story’s main focus is the store’s owner (Harvey Keitel) and the… Continue reading

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Blue In The Face

BB.5 (out of 5) The filmmakers who created Smoke found themselves with leftover characters and sets from the first film and decided to make a sort of semi-sequel. Instead of a script, they… Continue reading

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Sister Act

BBBB (out of 5) This tune-filled Disney comedy came out of nowhere to become one of the biggest hits of the year. Whoopi Goldberg is marvelous as a lounge singer and mobster’s girlfriend… Continue reading

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Ulysses’ Gaze (To Vlemma Tou Odyssea)

BBB.5 (out of 5) Theo Angelopoulos’ death-defyingly slow meditation on art and inspiration runs a dangerous three hours but has too much beauty to not be worth watching. A filmmaker (Harvey Keitel) travels… Continue reading

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Monkey Trouble

BB.5 (out of 5) Youngsters will no doubt be charmed by this cute little comedy, but adults will be bored stiff.  Thora Birch is adorable as a lonely little girl whose inability to be… Continue reading

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Buffalo Bill And The Indians, Or Sitting Bull’s History Lesson

BBB.5 (out of 5) Robert Altman followed the enormous success of Nashville with another examination of American culture, this one going further into the nation’s past.  He exercises his talent for experimental free-association… Continue reading

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