Cold Mountain (2003) – Anthony Minghella

  This beautiful, cinematic adaptation of Charles Frazier’s novel is masterfully brought to life by Minghella, who also wrote the screenplay. My last Civil War stop for the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film following my screening of The Red Badge of Courage is by turns brutal, moving, and gorgeously photographed. Nicole Kidman is…

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 (2014) – Francis Lawrence

  The Sci-Fi Chronicles expedition into the world created by Suzanne Collins with her bestselling Hunger Games trilogy, continue with the first part of the last book, divided into two films, with the second one forthcoming this holiday season. But knowing that it’s only the first part of a two-part story, I knew, going in,…

The Big Lebowski (1998) – The Coen Brothers

  The next recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book for my screening of Raging Bull (as a sports movie) is one of my all time favorite comedies, and one I quote almost as often as Ghostbusters and Back to the Future. Sports, in the form of bowling, is involved peripherally…

Moneyball (2011) – Bennett Miller

I finally got around to seeing this one. Based on the true story, and book by Michael Lewis with a script by Steve Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin, Brad Pitt plays Billy Beane the General Manager of the Oakland A’s,  who with the help of statistical whiz kid, Peter Brand (Jonah Hill), uses statistics and computer…

Happiness (1998) – Todd Solondz

Another odd recommendation from Great Movies – 100 Years of Film, for my screening of Pulp Fiction. A trio of sisters lives interweave with a number of other characters, all of whom are seeking happiness, but are all looking for it in really dark and troubling places. Joy (Jane Adams) is a struggling songwriter, and…

Trailer Tracks: Twister (1996) – Jan De Bont

This movie was like a ride in a theme park. It didn’t claim to have much of a story, just some interchangeable characters, some pretty impressive special effects, and a good solid two hours of entertainment. Filled with recognizable names and faces like Bill Paxton, Helen Hunt, Jami Gertz, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Cary Elwes and…

Good Morning, Mr. Hunt

  Good morning, Mr. Hunt… You’re mission should you choose to accept it… I settled down to watch my copies of the Mission: Impossible films this weekend, and I will say this, this is a film series that undeniably gets better as they go along. Though if I was chosen to rank them, I think…