Friday, February 22, 2013

The Last Boy Scout


1991 Action Film

Director: Tony Scott

Writer: Shane Black

Cinematography: Ward Russell

Running time: 105 minutes

Country: United States

Tagline: The goal is to survive.

Cast:
Bruce Willis as Joe Cornelius Hallenbeck
Damon Wayans as James "Jimmy" Alexander Dix
Noble Willingham as Sheldon Marcone
Taylor Negron as Milo
Danielle Harris as Darian Hallenbeck
Halle Berry as Cory
Chelsea Field as Sarah Hallenbeck
Bruce McGill as Mike Matthews
Badja Djola as Alley Thug
Kim Coates as Chet
Chelcie Ross as Senator Calvin Baynard
Joe Santos as Benjamin Bessalo
Clarence Felder as McCoskey
Tony Longo as Big Ray Walston
Frank Collison as Pablo
Eddie Griffin as Club DJ
Bill Medley as Himself
Verne Lundquist as Himself
Dick Butkus as Himself
Lynn Swann as Himself
Billy Blanks as Billy Cole
Ken Kells as Head Coach
Morris Chestnut as Locker Room Kid

Plot
A down and out cynical detective teams up with a down and out ex-quarterback to try and solve a murder case involving a pro football team and a politician.

Awards: None

Trivia
In a "New Yorker" profile, producer Joel Silver said that the making of this film was "one of the three worst experiences of my life."

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5 star out of 5 stars

Friday, February 15, 2013

Along Came a Spider


2001 Thriller Film

Director: Lee Tamahori

Writer: Marc Moss

Cinematography: Matthew F. Leonetti

Running time: 103 minutes

Country: United States

Tagline: The game is far from over.

Cast:
Morgan Freeman as Alex Cross
Monica Potter as Jezzie Flannigan
Michael Wincott as Gary Soneji
Dylan Baker as Ollie McArthur
Mika Boorem as Megan Rose
Billy Burke as Ben Devine
Anton Yelchin as Dimitri Starodubov
Jay O. Sanders as Kyle Craig
Michael Moriarty as Senator Hank Rose
Penelope Ann Miller as Elizabeth Rose
Anna Maria Horsford as Vickie

Plot
A congressman's daughter under Secret Service protection is kidnapped from a private school by an insider who calls Det. Alex Cross, sucking him into the case even though he's recovering from the loss of his partner.

Awards:
  1. BMI Film Music Award-Jerry Goldsmith-BMI Film & TV Awards

Trivia

This story takes place over the course of a few days. In the novel that the film is based on, the story takes place over the course of around two years. Also, in the book, Alex Cross is 38 years old with two kids, where as in the film he is in his mid to late fifties.

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4 star out of 5 stars


Friday, February 8, 2013

Kiss the Girls


1997 Thriller Film

Director: Gary Fleder

Writer: David Klass

Cinematography: Aaron Schneider

Running time: 117 minutes

Country: United States

Tagline: Smart Girls. Pretty Girls. Missing Girls.

Cast:
Morgan Freeman as Alex Cross
Ashley Judd as Dr. Kate McTiernan
Cary Elwes as Det. Nick Ruskin
Alex McArthur as Det. Davey Sikes
Bill Nunn as Det. John Sampson
Jeremy Piven as Det. Henry Castillo
Brian Cox as Durham P.D. Chief Hatfield
Jay O. Sanders as FBI Agent Kyle Craig
Tony Goldwyn as Dr. William Rudolph
William Converse-Roberts as Dr. Wick Sachs
Roma Maffia as Dr. Ruocco
Richard T. Jones as Seth Samuel
Gina Ravera as Naomi Cross
Heidi Schanz as Megan Murphy
Tatyana Ali as Janelle Cross
Anna Maria Horsford as Mrs. Vicki Cross
Helen Martin as Nana Cross

Plot
Police hunting for a serial killer are helped when a victim manages to escape for the first time.

Awards: None

Trivia
Campus officials at the University of North Carolina refused to agree to allow filming on campus in Chapel Hill because of the subject matter of the film. Hence the only UNC-Chapel Hill campus scenes are the flyover shots. 

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Friday, February 1, 2013

Jeremiah Johnson


1972 Western Film

Director: Sydney Pollack

Writer: Edward Anhalt & John Milius

Cinematography: Duke Callaghan

Running time: 116 minutes

Country: United States

Tagline: A man of peace driven wild!

Cast:
Robert Redford as Jeremiah Johnson
Will Geer as Bear Claw Chris Lapp
Stefan Gierasch as Del Gue
Delle Bolton as Swan
Josh Albee as Caleb
Joaquín Martínez as Paints His Shirt Red
Allyn Ann McLerie as The crazy woman
Paul Benedict as Reverend Lindquist
Jack Colvin as Lieutenant Mulvey
Matt Clark as Qualen

Plot
A mountain man who wishes to live the life of a hermit becomes the unwilling object of a long vendetta by Indians when he proves to be the match of their warriors in one-to-one combat on the early frontier.

Awards:
  1. Bronze Wrangler-Theatrical Motion Picture- Joe Wizan (producer), Sydney Pollack (director), John Milius (writer), Edward Anhalt (writer), Will Geer (actor), Delle Bolton (actor) & Robert Redford (actor)-Western Heritage Awards
Trivia
Based upon a real-life trapper named John Johnston, nicknamed "Crow Killer" and "Liver Eater Johnston" for his penchant for cutting out and eating the livers of Crow Indians he had killed (several Crows had murdered his wife and he swore vengeance against the entire tribe). 

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