Tag Archive: Robert Altman

Countdown (1967)

BBB (out of 5) Exploitation of the space race about a manned trip to the moon two years before it actually happened.  Unlike a more fun indulgence like Robinson Crusoe On Mars, however,… Continue reading

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Altman

BBBB (out of 5) Ron Mann gives a wonderful overview of the career of filmmaker Robert Altman, the American auteur who reached his height at a time when the notable artists of singular vision… Continue reading

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Endless Love

0 (out of 5) This is quite simply one of the most painful movies ever made. I don’t mean that the emotions are so strong that they make it hard to bear the… Continue reading

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Trixie

BB (out of 5) Dull, uneventful murder mystery directed by Alan Rudolph.  Emily Watson is so cute it hurts as the titular heroine, a tongue-twisted innocent who wants to graduate from store detective (or… Continue reading

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Afterglow

BBB.5 (out of 5) Julie Christie  is luminous in this enjoyable character study as a lonely wife to a philandering husband (Nick Nolte) who is having an affair with a beautiful young woman… Continue reading

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Mrs. Parker And The Vicious Circle

BBBB (out of 5) Alan Rudolph, the mini-Robert Altman, comes up with a formless foray into the world of Dorothy Parker (Jennifer Jason Leigh) and the Algonquin set of New York in the… Continue reading

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Luck, Trust And Ketchup: Robert Altman In Carver Country

BBB (out of 5) After a decade of consistent work done mostly beyond intense critical attention (like that matters), Robert Altman found himself back in the top list of American cinema masters with… Continue reading

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A Decade Under The Influence

BBB (out of 5) The clips alone are reason enough to watch this invigorating documentary that hearkens back to the days when the major studios’ main goal was to make good movies as… Continue reading

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Beyond Therapy

BB.5 (out of 5) Odd adaptation of Christopher Durang’s play (the author expressed disappointment with the film version), centring around the pairing of Jeff Goldblum and Julie Hagerty after they find each other through a… Continue reading

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Gosford Park

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Robert Altman’s experimental style of throwing a giant ensemble cast into a situation and seeing what they make of it pays off in great measure. This delightful comedy about… Continue reading

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The Late Show

BBBB.5 (out of 5) What a treat! The inspired private-eye genre that you love from older movies like The Maltese Falcon and more recent classics like The Long Goodbye, combined with some wacky… Continue reading

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Fool For Love

BB.5 (out of 5) Kim Basinger and Sam Shepard give wonderful performances in this adaptation of Shepard’s own play, but even a director as innovative as Robert Altman can’t make much cinematic whoopsie out… Continue reading

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O.C. And Stiggs

BB (out of 5) Robert Altman was hired to direct a teen-oriented comedy, the likes of which studios were making tons of money from in the eighties, and created a satire subverting them… Continue reading

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Secret Honor

BBBB (out of 5) Richard Nixon sits alone in his office and records a memo: his intention is to solidify information for his biographer to use in a forthcoming publication, but over the… Continue reading

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Come Back To The Five And Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean

BB.5 (out of 5) Terrific dialogue and superb performances are slightly undone by director Robert Altman’s insistence on basically filming Ed Graczyk’s wonderful play without much cinematic flourish.  In it, Sandy Dennis and… Continue reading

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Popeye

BB (out of 5) Robert Altman’s dedication to experimentation and open collaboration with his cast and crew are both the most impressive aspect of his artistry but also his great vulnerability: when he… Continue reading

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A Perfect Couple

B (out of 5) A genuine low for Robert Altman, this examination of the beginnings of a difficult relationship between Greek-American Paul Dooley and struggling singer Marta Heflin is never less than excruciating to sit… Continue reading

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Quintet

BB (out of 5) Paul Newman heads an impressive cast with unimpressive results in this barely watchable science-fiction film by Robert Altman. It takes place in a devastated future Earth where the land is… Continue reading

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A Wedding

BBB (out of 5) Multi-character Robert Altman film about a wedding that spirals quickly into a terrible disaster thanks to the various issues of its guests. At the centre is the union between… Continue reading

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A Prairie Home Companion

BBB (out of 5) Garrison Keillor‘s popular radio variety show has been transferred to the screen in this fictionalized account of the program’s final broadcast. Keillor appears as himself, hosting the fun while… Continue reading

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The Long Goodbye

BBBB (out of 5) Another terrific example of what happens when you apply Robert Altman’s unique directorial style to a genre picture, in this case film noir.  Elliott Gould is great as Philip Marlowe,… Continue reading

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The Company

BB (out of 5) Robert Altman once again takes fictional characters into a factual situation in this latest film centering around the world of ballet, using Chicago’s famous Joffrey Studio as its backdrop.… Continue reading

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Dr. T And The Women

BB.5 (out of 5) This film promises so much at the outset before boiling down to much ado about nothing. Richard Gere is excellent as a Texan gynecologist who is so suave his… Continue reading

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Cookie’s Fortune

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Marvellously clever comedy that marks Robert Altman’s best work since Short Cuts.  Patricia Neal makes a beautiful comeback as an aging widow who decides to grab a gun and do… Continue reading

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The Gingerbread Man

BB.5 (out of 5) Uneventful Robert Altman film written by John Grisham, the first time he has written a story directly for the screen.  Calling it an “original” screenplay would be a misnomer,… Continue reading

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Kansas City

BBB (out of 5) Robert Altman falters somewhat in this story of jazz clubs and gangsters in Depression-era Kansas City, Oklahoma, but the film does have its worthy moments. Jennifer Jason Leigh (overdoing it… Continue reading

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Ready To Wear (Pret-A-Porter)

BBB (out of 5) There are reasons to not miss this Robert Altman comedy and reasons to completely avoid it. The all-star lineup of international names makes it a must see, but the… Continue reading

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Short Cuts

BBBBB (out of 5) This three-hour masterpiece adapts a number of Raymond Carver stories and blends them into one seamless epic. The stories concern a group of individuals living in California and the… Continue reading

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The Player

BBBB (out of 5) Robert Altman’s most popular film in years pokes extremely good fun at the immoral nature of moviemaking. Tim Robbins is brilliant as a soulless studio executive who, between rounds of turning… Continue reading

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Vincent And Theo

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Robert Altman is absolutely at the height of his power as a director in this affecting portrait of the relationship between painter Vincent Van Gogh and his art dealer… Continue reading

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The James Dean Story

BBB (out of 5) Early Robert Altman film that also predates the modern form of documentary, piecing together film clips and photographs of the great star while also filming recollections from friends and… Continue reading

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3 Women

BBBB.5 (out of 5) A truly bizarre but incredible film that has pushed audiences in various directions since its release–even diehard Robert Altman fans might not be huge fans of it. It is,… 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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Nashville

BBBBB (out of 5) Robert Altman’s masterful cross-section of classic Americana is still a terrific, fascinating mosaic of stories even after all these years. The multi-plotted narrative follows a huge group of characters… Continue reading

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McCabe And Mrs. Miller

BBBBB (out of 5) Warren Beatty shows up in a nineteenth-century Western town that is literally a hole in the ground, with one saw mill and a few labourers. He brings with him three… Continue reading

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Brewster McCloud

BBB.5 (out of 5) Hilariously bent comedy-fantasy about a young man (Bud Cort) whose only friend is a mysterious woman (Sally Kellerman) who is also a bird spirit.  Cort lives in the fallout… Continue reading

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MASH

BBBBB (out of 5) For war movies, we have comedies, horrific dramas, science-fiction and Apocalypse Now, which pretty much defies all the above interpretations.  What else can be made to exemplify the ridiculous… Continue reading

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