Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt in “Interview with the Vampire” (1994)
Also known as “Inside a Skinhead”, a film by Henry Bean, starring Ryan Gosling (who’s great as always) as Danny Balint and Summer Phoenix as Carla Moebius. “The Believer” explores a Jewish student’s private journey to understand the meaning of Judaism in his life. Set in New York City, the Plot follows morally confused young adult Danny struggling with the conflict between his beliefs and his heritage. The film examines themes of religion, family, and self-loathing, the forces of intolerance, both on the individual and society as a whole.
Monica Bellucci and Louis Garrel in “Un été brûlant/A Burning Hot Summer” (2011)
A film by the great John Landis starring Eddie Murphy, Dan Aykroyd (who knew each other from SNL) Don Ameche, Ralph Bellamy and Jamie Lee Curtis. A comedy film with two fantastic comedians, if you are a fan of either actor, you won’t be disappointed. The language surprised me, with how uncensored it was, compared to today’s standards. The plot is interesting, and based on an smart idea. The humor is mostly good and tasteful, unfortunately Murphy has failed to deliver those kinds of movies lately.
Louis Winthorpe is a businessman who works for commodities brokerage firm of Duke and Duke owned by the brothers Mortimer and Randolph Duke. Now they bicker over the most trivial of matters and what they are bickering about is whether it’s a person’s environment or heredity that determines how well they will do in life. When Winthorpe bumps into Billy Ray Valentine, a street hustler and assumes he is trying to rob him, he has him arrested. Upon seeing how different the two men are, the brothers decide to make a wager as to what would happen if Winthorpe loses his job, his home and is shunned by everyone he knows and if Valentine was given Winthorpe’s job. (Trading Places)
Gena Rowlands and Winona Ryder in “Night on Earth” (1991)
The relationships of two couples become complicated and deceitful when the man from one couple meets the woman of the other.
This movie has a fantastic cast - Julia Roberts, Natalie Portman, Jude Law and Clive Owen, who all did a great job. “Closer” is intelligent, thought provoking and rawly realistic. It’s beautiful, terrible, and real. Sadly, in a world where we’re used to hearing stories in the simplest and most easy to swallow terms, I doubt that the average lover of romantic comedies and action flicks will like it. This is a story about the perpetual struggles found in human relationships.
Thanks to “Prometheus” I remembered one of the greatest Sci-Fi thrillers of all time, “Alien”. Directed by Ridley Scott, starring Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton, Ian Holm and Yaphet Kotto. After you watched this, I would also recommend “Aliens” the continuation, directed by James Cameron. It’s nearly perfect in every way, storyline, characters, menacing threat, suspense, action, music, emotion, etc…both are with good reasons classics.
The crew of the deep space mining ship Nostromo are awaken from hypersleep to investigate a strange signal from a nearby planet. While investigating the signal, they discover it was intended as a warning, and not an SOS.