In the world of police procedurals, the ‘buddy cop’ routine is fairly established. We’ve seen it before with films like “Rush Hour” and “Cop and a Half.” However, the 1989 film “Turner & Hooch” takes a different take on the genre, establishing as a cop’s buddy not a kid or a hardened officer, but rather […]
From the man who directed “Clerks,” “Mallrats,” and “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back,” “Chasing Amy” remains one of Kevin Smith’s deepest and best. Smith’s later films have such a way of including zany or larger than life material (“Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back” and “Dogma” the best examples of these), that we forget […]
Amidst the frantic confusion of the Japanese city lifestyle, two lost people are able to find each other and form a communion that is so genuine, it manipulates itself into a piercingly attractive tragedy. Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson play those two souls who, as they bounce around their Tokyo hotel in the middle of […]
Rediscovering old favorites has been a longstanding creed with The Movie Buff. Our recent countdown to Valentines day list brought me to an old favorite; a movie I own but hadn’t watched or thought of in over a decade.
Before Chris Evans starred in “Fantastic Four” or donned the garb of Captain America, he appeared in a film called “London.” In retrospect, the movie would be off color for him…not a lot of machismo or tough guy banter. No heroics. It was a film draped in melancholy, a film that chose exposition and the […]
A true account of one family’s story of survival during the tsunami that struck that Pacific Basin in the winter of 2004, “The Impossible” is both gut wrenching and poignant. While many natural disaster/survival movies often personify disasters as their own purveyors of misfortune, “The Impossible” does no such thing. Instead, it is a very […]
Will Ferrell turns in an honest and heartfelt portrayal as an alcoholic in what we glean is his latest bender in the 2010 drama “Everything Must Go.” The film opens with Ferrell, drinking out of a flask, musing on the art of the business deal in a corporate car, seconds before his character is fired […]
“Passengers” heralds a simple concept – a sci fi scope with a human element – that is much more complex than it’s been given credit for. It stars Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence as two passengers aboard a spaceship heading toward a paradise called Homestead II, a place for people leaving Earth (full reasons why […]
“Delusion” wraps itself up entirely into what it wants to become, but in doing so, mistakenly suffocates under the pressure of its own desires. There is a definite presence of failure here; each element of the film conflicts with the others: the performances don’t match up, the dialogue is weak, and worst of all, it’s […]
Following suit with the late 90s era “Sex in the City” craze comes the 2001 Sharon Maguire piece “Bridget Jones’s Diary.” Admittedly I’m not the intended demographic of the writings of Helen Fielding, whose 1996 novel of the same name earned her a fortune and would serve as the launching point.