Archives for December 11, 2008

A Beautiful Mind (2001)

A review by Jeffrey Overstreet ● Director - Ron Howard; writer - Akiva Goldsman; based on the book by Sylvia Nasar; director of photography - Roger Deakins; editors - Mike Hill and Dan Hanley; music - James Horner; production designer - Wynn Thomas; producers - Brian Grazer and Ron Howard; released by Universal Pictures. Starring: Russell Crowe (John Forbes Nash Jr.), Ed Harris (Parcher), Jennifer Connelly (Alicia Nash), Paul Bettany (Charles), Adam Goldberg (Sol), Judd Hirsch (Helinger), Josh L … [Read more...]

Batman Begins (2005)

A review by Jeffrey Overstreet ● Director - Christopher Nolan; writers - ; Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer, based on a story by Mr. Goyer and "Batman" characters created by Bob Kane and published by DC Comics; director of photography - Wally Pfister; editor - Lee Smith; music  - Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard; production designer - Nathan Crowley; producers - Emma Thomas, Charles Roven and Larry Franco. STARRING: Christian Bale (Bruce Wayne/Batman), Michael Caine (Alfred), Liam Neeson ( … [Read more...]

The Ballad of Jack and Rose (2005)

A review by Jeffrey Overstreet ● Writer / Director - Rebecca Miller; Director of photography - Ellen Kuras; Editor - Sabine Hoffman; Production designer - Mark Ricker; Producer - Lemore Syvan. STARRING: Daniel Day-Lewis (Jack Slavin), Camilla Belle (Rose Slavin), Catherine Keener (Kathleen), Paul Dano (Thaddius), Ryan McDonald (Rodney), Jena Malone (Red Berry), Jason Lee (Gray) and Beau Bridges (Marty Rance). IFC Films. 112 minutes. Rated R. ● It happens again and again--the human endeavor to est … [Read more...]

Babe: Pig in the City (1998)

A review by Jeffrey Overstreet. ● Director - George Miller; writers - George Miller, Judy Morris and Mark Lamprell; director of photography - Andrew Lesnie; editors - Jay Friedkin and Margaret Sixel; music - Nigel Westlake; production designer - Roger Ford; producers - George Miller, Doug Mitchell and Bill Miller. Starring - Magda Szubanski (Mrs. Hoggett), James Cromwell (Farmer Hoggett), Mary Stein (Landlady) and Mickey Rooney (Fugly Floom). With the voices of - E. G. Daily (Babe), Danny Mann ( … [Read more...]

The Aviator (2004)

A review by Jeffrey Overstreet ● Director - Martin Scorsese Writer - John Logan Director of photography - Robert Richardson Editor - Thelma Schoonmaker Music - Howard Shore Production designer - Dante Ferretti Producers - Michael Mann, Sandy Climan, Graham King and Charles Evans, Jr. Miramax Films. 169 minutes. Rated PG-13. STARRING: Leonardo DiCaprio (Howard Hughes), Cate Blanchett (Katharine Hepburn), Kate Beckinsale (Ava Gardner), John C. Reilly (Noah Dietrich), Alec Baldwin (Juan Trippe), A … [Read more...]

Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001)

A review by Jeffrey Overstreet ● Directors - Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise; writer - Tab Murphy; based on a story by Kirk Wise, Gary Trousdale, Joss Whedon, Bryce Zabel, Jackie Zabel and Tab Murphy; editor - Ellen Keneshea; score - James Newton Howard, with the song ''Where the Dream Takes You'' by Diane Warren and James Newton Howard, performed by Mya; art director - David Goetz; production designers - Mike Mignola, Matt Codd, Ricardo Delgado and Jim E. Martin; producer - Don Hahn. Starring the v … [Read more...]

Atanarjuat – The Fast Runner (2001)

A review by Jeffrey Overstreet. ● Director - Zacharias Kunuk; writer - by Paul Apak Angilirq; in Inuktitut, with English subtitles; director of photography - Norman Cohn; editors - Zacharias Kunuk, Norman Cohn and Marie-Christine Sarda; music - Chris Crilly; art director - James Ungalaaq; producers - Paul Apak Angilirq, Norman Cohn and Zacharias Kunuk. Starring - Natar Ungalaaq (Atanarjuat), Sylvia Ivalu (Atuat), Peter-Henry Arnatsiaq (Oki) Lucy Tulugarjuk (Puja), Madeline Ivalu (Panikpak), P … [Read more...]

Army of Shadows (1969)

A brief review by Jeffrey Overstreet ● Director - Jean-Pierre Melville; writer - Jean-Pierre Melville; based on the novel by Joseph Kessel; director of photography - Pierre Lhomme; editor - Françoise Bonnot; music - Éric de Marsan; art director - Théobald Meurisse; producer - Jacques Dorfmann. Starring - Lino Ventura (Philippe Gerbier), Simone Signoret (Mathilde), Paul Meurisse (Luc Jardie), Jean-Pierre Cassel (François), Claude Mann (Le Masque) and Paul Crauchet (Félix). Rialto Pictures. 140 min … [Read more...]

The Apostle (1997)

A review by Jeffrey Overstreet ● Writer / Director - Robert Duvall Director of photography - Barry Markowitz Editor - Steve Mack Music - David Mansfield Production designer - Linda Burton Producer - Robert Carliner October Films. 148 minutes. Rated PG-13 or mild violence and language and situations regarding adult sexual indiscretions. STARRING: Robert Duvall (the Apostle E. F.), Farrah Fawcett (Jessie Dewey), Miranda Richardson (Toosie), John Beasley (Brother Blackwell), June Carter Cash (Mrs. D … [Read more...]

Apocalypse Now Redux (2001)

A review by Jeffrey Overstreet●Director - Francis Ford CoppolaWriters - John Milius and Francis Ford CoppolaCinematography - Vittorio StorraroEditor - Walter MurchMusic - Carmine CoppolaProducers - Francis Ford Coppola, Tom Sternberg, Fred Roos, Gray Frederickson;Production designers - Dean Tavoularis; Rick HeinrichsSet Designers - George R. NelsonSpecial Effects - A.D. FlowersCasting - Vic Ramos, Terry LieblingArt Director - Angelo P. GrahamAdditional Photography - S … [Read more...]