The "making of" disc which comes with "The "Great Rscape" has all this and more. A much better idea is to buy 2 films: "I Am Steve McQueen" (2014) and "Junior Bonner" (1972). The former is a documentary; the best around. The latter is a Sam Peckinpah film which (due to poor marketing) did bit do well at the box office. Hiwever, it is absolutely brilliant. Also, it comes with at least 4 or 5 hours if extras. This film is mediocre compared to those. I own all of McQueen's films, plus his great TV series "Wanted: Dead or Alive" (1958-1961), which includes all 94 episodes plus hours of extras. He was the most iconic film actor of the 20th Century. You see guys take their shirts off today and they look ridiculous. McQueen had it all: Passion, Skill, Looks, Menace, Vulnerability. The whole package. As his former wife Ali MacGraw said: "Every woman wanted to sleep with him, every man wanted to be like him and every kid wanted to be mentored by him". That says it all. Watch his films and the extras that come on the discs. Its way better than this.
I like this film. There is a circular nature to the plot, director and cast. Malcolm McDowell, a wonderful, terrific actor & Mary Steenbergen, another wonderful actor had a son. He is Andrew McDowell, the director of this film. Back to his father Malcolm. He had the magnificent role of a lifetime when he starred in "A Clockwork Orange" (1971), the incredible, controversial, brilliant film made by the wizard of all directors, Stanley Kubtick. I like how he casts his girlfriend Rooney Mara and his mother Mary Steenbergen in this film. The only problem is the 2 sons font look at all alike. Regatdless, I expect Malcolm McDowell and Mary Steenbergen's son to have "it" in his genes. Anyway, this is worth a watch, if only for the cast.
This film is very good, especially considering it was made on a shoestring budget. The casting is good, although the performances have some issues; for rxampke, the actress who plays Zoe's mother is awful. However, the rest are quite good. There is a tremendous plot hole. Nowhere in the entire film does the subject come up that Zoe is helping a superior race of humans live. They were dying out and she saved them. This cannot be a part of the plot. It's a massive hole in it. Of course there is symbolism in it. Overall it's worth a watch.
Alicia Vikander os better in this than 10 Tomb Raider-type movies. Her mannerisms are the best part of the film. I could really see her let gerskf "get lost" in the role of "Lucy Fly". It is authenticity at it's best. Her husband is (Michael Fassbender) is lauded mire than she. However, imo he is not as authentic an actor. That is a rate commodity. Steve McQueen and James Cagney were the 2 mist authentic actors I have laid my eyes upon. Especially McQueen. He was a superb film actor, even though most people saw him as a an action
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He could play many types of roles. Unfortunately we did not get to see him do more since he died far too young (age 50) of mesothelioma induced cancer. Regardless, he was my favorite actor and still is; 40 years after his death. I am truly a huge fan of Alicia Vikander's versatilty in each role she is in. Although I do not like all of her films, I think she brings so much more than a pretty face. Her fellow Swedish actresses like Lena Olin; Greta Garbo; Noomi Rapace; & (of course) the Bergman family; Besides Ingrid, her beautiful & brilliant daughter: Isabella Rossellini. They are all a terrific group of Swedish (or part Swedish) actresses I have the utmost respect for. In Ms. Vikander case, the sky is the limit. I feel the same about Noomi Rapace. This is a must see film.
I love this film. Richard Pryor is outstanding in ine of his rare straight, non comedic roles. The show is almost stolen by Cleavon Little; he rips it up. Pam Grier was never more beautiful, and Beau Bridges is terrific. A must see for all Richard Pryor fans.
Like Stanley Kubrick and the 13 feature length films he made, this grows with time. Robert Zemeckis did a wonderful job with Carl Sagan's book. A must see keeper. John Hurt & Tom Skerritt were both in "Alien" (1979), just as Jodie Foster & William Fichtner were in "Elysium". Lastly, David Morse is in this in a rare role as the protagonist. A great film which belongs in everyone's collection.
I think Robert Downy, JR. and Mark Strong are terrific in this film. Rachel McAdams is lovely and brilliant as ever. Top it off with Jude Law, and you have a wonderful film. Albeit somewhat pretentious, it is still worth the watch. I don't want to spoil anything; simply advise seeing this 20th telling of the "World of Sherlock Holmes".
This is perhaps the worst pablum I have seen in a year, & I watch many films. Complete utter garbage. Lance has been in films since Dog Day Afternoon and he is still going at age 80. It must be for the money, and in this film, we ate talking hourly wages!
A Fearless 30 Year Old Stanley Kubrick Directs The Best of the Best
My title says it all. Talk about fearless, any other director would be terrified directing this cast. Stanley Kubrick was only 30 years old. He had already made "Paths of Glory" (1957). In my opinion, that was 1 of his 2 greatest films: "Paths of Glory" and "A Clockwork Orange" (1971). "Spartacus" was a challenge Kubrick met; however, he did not have final cut. Kirk Douglas did, for a very simple reason: Kirk produced "Spartacus". Kubrick vowed he would never to allow this after making his next film ("Lolita" in 1962). After "Lolita", Stanley truly had "final cut". This would last until the day he died (March 7th 1999).
I am so sick of "actors" who are being told to look scared so someone can use a CGI monster to "frighten" them. It is so sad Hollywood has come to this level. 90% of big budget films today ate based on this comic book format if CGI "monsters and superheroes". It's A1 Grade trash. Pure and simple. What a shame. When I think of brilliant films from the 1970s like "Bullitt" with Steve McQueen, it makes me laugh at this "Toys for Tots" movies. Get a life people. I hope all the major video game/movie makers go out of business. Thank god for independent films; not this garbage.
Brilliant! Ingmar Bergman Directing 28 Year Old Max von Sydow
A terrific film. As I wrote in my title, you have a 28 year old Maxwell von Sydow being directed by one of the greatest directors in history. 16 years later, von Sydow had a large role in what I believe to be the most profound role of his career: William Friedkin's masterpiece of horror, "The Exorcist" (1973). To this day, it is still the most terrifying film in cinema history. The second most terrifying is Ridley Scott's "Alien" (1979). I saw both when they were released on the big screen. People ran out screaming halfway through, in some showings. Regardless, this is an early example of von Sydow's brilliance. We get Ingmar Bergman directing Max von Sydow. What more can you ask for? A must see film.
This film would be mediocre if not for Robert Mitchum. He was one of the underrated actors of his generation. I know this sounds like a cluche, but it is true. A natural master of dark roles, I can watch him in any film and enjoy it. There are a handful of actors who have that presence: Steve McQueen, James Cagney, Humphrey Bogart Jimmy Stewart, & Henry Fonda. Brilliant presence. So few, I can count them on a single hand. So if you like Robert Mitchum, please watch. Otherwise, this is a mediocre film. I gave it a 7/10 simply because of Mitchu m. Otherwise it would get a 5/10.
We are graced by the presence of Ms. Huppert. She has won 2 Cesar Awards (The Cannes version of an Oscar). Even more impressive is she has been nominated 16 times for a Cesar: 14 for Best Actress and 2 times for Best Supporting Actress. That is more than anyone in history. I think she is an absolutely brilliant actress; one of the best living French actresses, no doubt. The writing in this episode is bad. However, I love Ms. Huppert. She is A number 1!
Kurt Russell and J.T. Walsh are outstanding in this film. I think it is Walsh's best performance since "A Few Good Men" (1992). In that film, he is superb as second in command to Jack Nicholson's character, "Colonel Jessup"; the US Marine Corp Base Commander at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. In this film, Walsh nearly steals the show as the antagonist: A wicked, evil and murderous truck driver. Kurt Russell is the primary protagonist, along with Kathleen Quinlan, who plays his wife. The direction is quite good. Although predictable, it is well made. Jonathon Mostow's choice of cast is terrific. He has had a few clunkers in his day, like "Terminator: Rise of the Machines" to name one. On the other hand, he made an outstanding film "The Hunter's Prayer" (2017), starring Sam Worthington and Odeya Rush. This film "Breakdown" is well worth watching. Overall, I give it a 7.5/10. As such, I (kindly) rounded up to an 8/10. "The Hunter's Prayer" is an even better watch.
Like Children Playing "Dressup" In Their Parent's Clothes
I love Brian De Palma. That noted, he missed the mark with this woeful "noir trash". It reminds me of children dressing up in their parent's clothes. In other words, it is bad, and I do mean very bad. I laughed in all the wrong parts. Most of all, seeing Scarlet Johansson with a cigarette hoder that was half a foot long was the worst. All 5'3" of her dressed up as if she were 6' tall. The very worst is Josh Hartnett's "POV" telling of the story. Steve McQueen (the actor) said it all: "Use film to tell the story, not word". That is precisely what is wrong in this film. The narrator (Hatrtnett) tells you everything you have already seen on the screen. This is a visual art: So use it. De Palma had a wonderful cast and tried to make kids look "atmospheric", as if we were watching Humphrey Bogart and James Cagney, with Lauren Bacall in between. It does not work. A waste of time.
This film was released 1 year after "Hannibal". Even though it is supposed to be a prequel, I believe it is idiotic to make either film when you already have the brilliant "Silence of The Lambs" (1991) and the excellent Michael Mann directed film "Manhunter" (1986). As such, it is (both literally and figuratively) "overkill"; no pun intended.
I love this movie. Overnight, it made Errol Flynn a major Hollywood star. Women were attracted like a bee is to a flower. This film is loosely based on real life legendary Louisiana pirate, Jean Lafitte. I love it. A must see film for any Errol Flynn fan.