Posts Tagged ‘Alec Baldwin’

Glengarry Glen Ross – Minute Movie Review

Mittwoch, Juli 7th, 2010


Four con men posing as real estate agents and selling worthless properties, are put on the spot when a contest is announced where the one with the most sales wins a Cadillac, the second a set of steak knifes and third prize is unemployment. Over the course of one evening and the next morning, the debate, fight and do everything they can to keep the job they all hate. Based on David Mamet’s stage play, the film keeps it simple, focusing on the highly entertaining characters at the edge, cutting dialogue and great performances by one of the best casts ever assembled.

Random Observations:

Glengarry Glen Ross at the IMDb

The cast: Jack Lemmon, Al Pacino, Alan Arkin, Ed Harris and Jonathan Pryce all in their prime and a pre-fame Kevin Spacey. Oh, and that one Baldwin brother, whose little monologue you might have heard about:

Yes, a young (and slim!) Alec Baldwin looks very odd to me too.

The most striking feature of Mamet’s dialogue, which has become more than a trademark, is the tendency to repeat everything that is said, which is both effective and exasperating.

The odd title refers to two of the properties they are trying to unload.

The Aviator – Minute Movie Review

Mittwoch, Juni 23rd, 2010


In 1927, after his parents’ death, a young Howard Hughes (greatest actor of his generation Leonard DiCaprio) came to Hollywood and used his inherited business to make the most expensive film at the time, while also developing an interest in aviation. Over the next two decades, he rose to prominence in both fields before a fall from grace (and a plane crash) caused his neurosis to overcome his eager drive and he developed the most famous case of OCD in history. The biopic by Martin Scorsese is well-made and solidly acted, with some inspired ideas (I especially like the use of colour reflecting the film stock of the time), but it plays havoc with the true chronology of events and omits the last three decades of Hughes’ life completely. Sure, they were decidedly less interesting, but taking the most interesting items from them and inserting them randomly into earlier events does not serve the story.

Random Observations:

The Aviator at the IMDb

I really liked the scenes at the Coconut Grove, which made “old” Hollywood truly come alive.

It’s very odd to see modern day actors and actresses portray the greats of that time. Cate Blanchett does a surprisingly convincing Katharine Hepburn, but Kate Beckinsale’s Ava Gardner and especially Jude Law’s Errol Flynn are a disappointment.

For a man who loved aviation, aka flying, more than anything, the film spends relatively little time exploring that theme.

Also, the importance of Noah Dietrich (John C. Reilly) to the success of Hughes’ companies is vastly underplayed in the film.

The Cooler – Minute Movie Review

Samstag, Oktober 17th, 2009


A guy with the worst luck possible works as a cooler at a casino, cooling down hot tables where people are winning. But when he falls in love, his luck changes and suddenly he causes people to win! What sounds like a stupid premise for a silly and really bad comedy is actually a dark and compelling drama about friendship and love. All this is played out before the background of a Las Vegas casino that hasn’t gone with the times and is more reminiscent of the Rat Pack and mobster days than the modern day candyland Vegas. The film is the ultimate triumph of style over substance – it is very good, but the premise remains very stupid.

Random Observations:

The Cooler at the IMDb

I was really, really positively surprised by the film. William H. Macy in the lead role is perfect and the supporting cast is very nice as well.

The film manages to bookend the darkest moments with a few genuinely funny scenes.

It can not be stressed enough how stylish this film is. From the cinematography to the score, it’s just impressive.