Tag Archive: Willem Dafoe

John Wick

BBBB.5 (out of 5) An efficient prologue gets us up to date on the experiences of our hero played by Keanu Reeves, a man living alone after the death of his wife from… Continue reading

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Manderlay

BB (out of 5) Lars von Trier’s proposed trilogy of observations of American society starts out strong with Dogville but moves on to a much less interesting second chapter (the third has yet to be… Continue reading

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Finding Dory

BBBB (out of 5) Pixar returns to one of its most adored tales for a sequel to Finding Nemo, the story of a loving clownfish (Albert Brooks) who crossed the ocean to find his missing son.… Continue reading

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The Dust Of Time (Trilogia II: I Skoni Tou Hronou)

BBB (out of 5) Theo Angelopoulos follows up The Weeping Meadow with the second of a proposed trilogy focusing on the last century of Greek history, as seen through his impressionistic style.  Willem… Continue reading

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A Most Wanted Man

BBBB (out of 5) Another John Le Carre adaptation, which we recognize as being his because the spies can’t enjoy their coffee and their clothing is never ironed, but better executed and far more exciting… 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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Nymphomaniac: Vol. II

BBB.5 (out of 5) Warning, this review contains spoilers for Volume I.  Picking up her tale where it left off at the end of the first chapter, with Charlotte Gainsbourg‘s modern-day Moll Flanders… Continue reading

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Nymphomaniac: Vol. I

BBBB (out of 5) Stellan Skarsgård finds a beaten and bloodied Charlotte Gainsbourg lying in an alleyway, takes her home, gives her tea and asks her to tell him why she ended up in such… Continue reading

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Antichrist

BB (out of 5) Lars von Trier makes his most provocative film yet with this attention-grabbing but empty drama. Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg are a married couple whose child dies in an unfortunate accident,… Continue reading

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The Walker

B.5 (out of 5) Woody Harrelson plays a southern aristocrat in Washington who has concluded the legacy started by his tobacco giant grandfather and politician father with a career as a “walker”, an ornamental… Continue reading

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Auto Focus

BB.5 (out of 5) Paul Schrader has once again delved into the seedier side of life in this marginally successful biopic about Bob Crane (Greg Kinnear), most famous for his leading role on… Continue reading

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Affliction

BBB (out of 5) Relentlessly depressing drama based on the novel by Russell Banks (The Sweet Hereafter) about a man unable to outrun the vicious cycle of domestic violence he learned from his… Continue reading

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Light Sleeper

BBBB (out of 5) This excellent drama by Paul Schrader features a marvelous script and excellent performances. It stars Willem Dafoe as a drug dealer who gets wrapped up in some tricky schemes… Continue reading

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Once Upon A Time In Mexico

BB.5 (out of 5) The events of Desperado have now been followed up by a grandly filmed sequel, with Antonio Banderas returning as the guitar-slinging gunman and Salma Hayek making a brief appearance… Continue reading

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Spider-Man 2

BBBB.5 (out of 5) It’s been two years since Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) was bitten by a radioactive spider and turned into the Manhattan superhero Spider-Man, and he’s still spinning webs across town keeping… Continue reading

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Spider-Man 3

BB.5 (out of 5) After the enjoyable opening and the superb second act, it’s a shame that the third installment of the popular franchise would land with such a thud. It’s the same… Continue reading

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Spider-Man

BBB.5 (out of 5) Another comic book superhero finds his way to the big screen in this amiable high-flying adventure. Perpetually adorable Tobey Maguire plays Peter Parker, a geeky high-school student with an aptitude… Continue reading

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Clear And Present Danger

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Jack Ryan returns for his third screen adventure in this highly superior drama that comes close to the riveting suspense of The Hunt For Red October.  Harrison Ford improves… Continue reading

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Shadow Of The Vampire

BBB.5 (out of 5) Gorgeous film by E. Elias Merhige that fictionalizes the accounts surrounding the filming of F.W. Murnau’s German Expressionist classic Nosferatu. The real production of Nosferatu is still so fraught… Continue reading

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The Hunger

BB (out of 5) Catherine Deneuve and David Bowie play a vampire couple who search the underground punk clubs of their urban city for victims with which to enjoy all manner of lethal, carnal pleasures.… Continue reading

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Mississippi Burning

BBBB (out of 5) Alan Parker’s drama gets few points for truth, as most of his fact-based films generally do, but he gets high marks for telling an emotionally involving story. Gene Hackman… Continue reading

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American Psycho

BB (out of 5) Eighties materialism, fascination with psychotics and sexual frustrations of all kinds have been dealt with many times before this and in many better ways. Mary Harron’s latest does, however,… Continue reading

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Tom & Viv

BB (out of 5) Interesting but overdrawn and dramatically weak examination of the relationship between internationally renowed early 20th century poet T.S. Eliot (Willem Dafoe) and his emotionally unbalanced wife Vivian Haigh-Wood (Miranda… Continue reading

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Born On The Fourth Of July

BBBB (out of 5) The second part of Oliver Stone’s Vietnam trilogy is this biography of veteran Ron Kovic, upon whose book the film is based, with Tom Cruise doing a fantastic job of bringing… Continue reading

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Platoon

BBBBB (out of 5) Outstanding film about the Vietnam war that is right up there with The Deer Hunter and Apocalypse Now, and stands on its own merit for being the best of… Continue reading

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Wild At Heart

BB.5 (out of 5) Lynch psychedelia at its most unimportant. After getting out of jail on probation, Nicolas Cage picks up his lady love (Laura Dern) and drives her across the country on his… Continue reading

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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… Continue reading

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Body Of Evidence

BB (out of 5) Basic Instinct was soon followed by a whole slew of worthless imitators, and this terrible film is no exception. When an aged millionaire is found dead of a heart… Continue reading

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White Sands

BB.5 (out of 5) Totally bland, unmemorable thriller about a cop (Willem Dafoe) in a small town whose investigation of a murder leads him to a big operation being controlled by the FBI.… Continue reading

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Inside Man

BBBB (out of 5) Enormously enjoyable thriller by Spike Lee, starring Denzel Washington as a police detective dealing with a bank heist in which thirty hostages have been taken by a group of… Continue reading

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Speed 2: Cruise Control

0 (out of 5) Worthless sequel to the excellent 1994 action flick is a complete headache from beginning to end. Sandra Bullock returns as the neurotic lass without a driver’s license who has… 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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John Carter

B (out of 5) A film that is truly as terrible as you have heard it is. The industry watched in horror as a $250 million dollar blockbuster sank from the word go,… Continue reading

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Finding Nemo

BBBB (out of 5) A clown fish (Albert Brooks) loses his only son to a scuba diver and must travel across the entire ocean to find him. He teams up with a wisecracking… Continue reading

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Heaven’s Gate

B.5 (out of 5) Bleeding heart sentimentality has led many critics to hail this as a misunderstood masterpiece in recent years, but the truth is (and yes, I know better than anyone else)… Continue reading

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Faraway, So Close (In Weiter Ferne, so Nah!)

BBBB (out of 5) Exquisite sequel to the even more breathtaking Wings of Desire, both directed by Wim Wenders. This time the plotting of the film is more narrative-oriented, not as waywardly poetic as… Continue reading

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The Clearing

BB (out of 5) The characters in this hideous dud are all so wooden that your lack of empathy for their suffering will eventually turn to complete delight in their misery. Self-made business… Continue reading

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The Aviator (2004)

BBBBB (out of 5) Scintillating biopic of the millionaire mogul Howard Hughes’ younger years, when his dreams of aviation took him from Texas to Hollywood and then into the skies. Hughes takes his… Continue reading

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The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou

BB (out of 5) Once-famous Cousteau-esque ocean explorer Steve Zissou (Bill Murray) is at the lowest point he has ever sunk in his life: his filmed adventures in the great big blue are… Continue reading

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Fantastic Mr. Fox

BBBB.5 (out of 5) In adapting a book by Roald Dahl, Wes Anderson finds the perfect balance of perspectives as Dahl’s whimsy is convincingly made Anderson’s own, and the story is fine-tuned to towards the… Continue reading

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Basquiat

BB (out of 5) The life and work of Jean-Michel Basquiat is divulged in this uninteresting biopic that stars the enigmatic Jeffrey Wright in the lead role. Basquiat was a street artist in early… Continue reading

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Paris, Je T’Aime

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Every heart is beating in sync in the City of Lights (and Lovers) in this wonder of a film. Producers Claudie Ossard and Emmanuel Benbihy invited 21 directors from… Continue reading

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Chacun Son Cinema, ou Ce Petit Coup Au Coeur Quand La Lumiere S’Eteint et Que Le Film Commence (To Each His Own Cinema)

BB.5 (out of 5) Gilles Jacob celebrates the 60th anniversary of the Cannes film festival with a most delightful treat: inviting 33 filmmakers to create a short film about cinema and its personal… 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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The English Patient

BBBBB (out of 5) Gorgeous and intelligent adaptation of Michael Ondaatje’s more internal novel, perfectly directed by Anthony Minghella and featuring one of the best casts of the year. Originally to be produced… Continue reading

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