The Contender

BBBB (out of 5) Joan Allen is fantastic as a woman chosen to take over for the late Vice-President, then plunged into controversy when a story surfaces that she once participated in a gang-bang in college that someone happened to photograph. Refusing to play the dirty games some politicians play, she offers no comment on the…

Rate this:

TRON

BBB (out of 5) Good luck making sense of this one.  Jeff Bridges plays an expert hacker whose former colleagues ask his help to break into the computer database of his former employer, the evil corporation they still work for. While doing this, Bridges is accidentally sucked into the virtual world of the computer, now suddenly…

Rate this:

TRON: Legacy

BBB (out of 5) A mere twenty-eight years after the incomprehensible original was made, a sequel has come along to compound the confusion and reassure you that, yes, they really can make cool films that are not about anything. Seven years after the events of the first film, Jeff Bridges went missing and left behind his…

Rate this:

The Fabulous Baker Boys

BBBB (out of 5) Wonderful character-driven drama has very little plot but is laden with atmosphere. Beau and Jeff Bridges play fraternal piano players whose gigs are growing slim in number and whose act is getting stale. They decide that the best way to spiff the party up is to hire a singer, and after a series…

Rate this:

Jagged Edge

BBB.5 (out of 5) While this film doesn’t offer a murder mystery much different from any popular paperback novel, the experience of going through the colour-by-numbers plot is fun.   Glenn Close is excellent as a criminal lawyer (in criminally tight miniskirts) who hasn’t handled a murder case in years when a desperate man (Jeff Bridges)…

Rate this:

The Fisher King

BBB.5 (out of 5) Jeff Bridges plays a talk radio host who is devastated when a listener misinterprets his advice and commits a heinous crime in a New York City restaurant. Quitting his job and in the midst of trying to quit his life, Bridges takes to the streets and meets a free spirited homeless man…

Rate this:

White Squall (1996)

RIDLEY SCOTT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1996.  Hollywood Pictures, Largo Entertainment, Scott Free Productions.  Screenplay by Todd Robinson, based on the book The Last Voyage Of The Albatross by Charles Gieg Jr., Felix Sutton.  Cinematography by Hugh Johnson.  Produced by Mimi Polk Gitlin, Rocky Lang.  Music by Jeff Rona.  Production Design by Peter J. Hampton, Leslie Tomkins.  Costume Design by Judianna Makovsky.  Film…

Rate this:

Fearless (1993)

PETER WEIR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1993.  Spring Creek Productions, Warner Bros..   Screenplay by Rafael Yglesias, based on his novel.  Cinematography by Allen Daviau.  Produced by Mark Rosenberg, Paula Weinstein.  Music by Maurice Jarre.  Production Design by John Stoddart.  Costume Design by Marilyn Matthews.  Film Editing by William M. Anderson, Armen Minasian, Lee Smith.  Academy Awards 1993.  Golden Globe Awards 1993.   Jeff Bridges plays a…

Rate this:

R.I.P.D.

BB (out of 5) Ryan Reynolds is a narc who feels bad about stealing pricey gold pieces that he and fellow dirty cop Kevin Bacon snatched while on a raid.  Determined to give the good stuff back, he is killed by his corrupt partner and suddenly finds himself in the afterlife.  Reeling from the surprise…

Rate this:

Iron Man

BBBB (out of 5) Weapons manufacturing tycoon Robert Downey Jr. is injured during a PR stunt in Afghanistan and ends up a hostage in a terrorist cell. A kindly fellow prisoner brings him back to health with a small adjustment: an electronic device attached to his body that keeps the bits of shrapnel still floating in…

Rate this:

Final Cut: The Making And Unmaking Of Heaven’s Gate

BBBB (out of 5) In 1979, while Michael Cimino was picking up Academy Awards for The Deer Hunter, he announced his next project would be an epic western about the land conflicts between Americans and immigrants in Wyoming in the late 19th century. It was to be his masterpiece, a fantastic epic enriched by painstaking…

Rate this:

The Morning After

BBB (out of 5) An alcoholic, once-famous actress (Jane Fonda) wakes up to find a murdered man lying next to her in bed. Naturally, this makes her a prime suspect to the crime, but she has no recollection of the night it happened or how he even got into her house, let alone her bed….

Rate this: