The Brave One

2007 Warner Bros. Directed by Neil Jordan Produced by Susan Downey and Joel Silver Written by Roderick Taylor, Bruce A. Taylor and Cynthia Mort Maybe because she’s been around for so long we tend to take Jodie Foster for granted and forget just how terrific an actress she is.  I remember first seeing her in […]

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China Girl

1987 Vestron Pictures Directed by Abel Ferrara Produced by Michael Nozik Written by Nicholas St. John Here’s a bit of advice for all you aspiring directors: if you’re going to have scenes in your movies where the main characters dance it’s a good idea to make sure that they do indeed know how to dance. […]

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Brooklyn’s Finest

2010 Overture Films Directed by Antoine Fuqua Produced  by Basil Iwanyk, John Langley, John Thompson and Elie Cohn Written by Michael C. Martin It struck me even back then as somewhat unusual and even slightly humorous  that the two police/crime movies to hit theaters that year were actually throwbacks.  “Cop Out” is a homage to […]

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American Gangster

2007 Universal Pictures Directed by Ridley Scott Produced by Brain Grazer and Ridley Scott Screenplay by Steve Zaillian Based on the article “The Return of Superfly” by Mark Jacobson This isn’t the first time that Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe have squared off against each other in a movie.  Anybody remember the 1995 sci-fi thriller […]

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88 Minutes

2008 TriStar Pictures Written by Gary Scott Thompson Produced and Directed by Jon Avnet When movie fans get together and start discussing the most influential and greatest actors ever, there’s an excellent chance that Al Pacino will be in the top five if not right at the top.  And with good reason.  If Al Pacino […]

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Bring Me The Head Of Alfredo Garcia

1974 United Artists Directed by Sam Peckinpah Produced by Martin Baum Screenplay by Sam Peckinpah and Gordon T. Dawson Story by Sam Peckinpah and Frank Kowalski A young pregnant girl is ushered into the cavernous den of her father, a powerful Mexican industrialist/crime lord. The room is filled with family, friends and a doctor stands […]

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