Specials: Superman footage!; heist flick for Cusack, Thornton.

Today's specials: The trailer for the new Martin Scorsese film about Bob Dylan: No Direction Home. Okay, add THAT to my Christmas list as well. It's a bird, it's a plane... it's a Christopher Reeve lookalike! John Cusack and Billy Bob Thornton are starring in a heist film directed by Harold Ramis. Cusack hasn't had anything really memorable for a while. Hopefully this will get him back on track. Oh how I long for a sequel to Grosse Point Blank. … [Read more...]

Peace Like a River… Starring Bad Santa?

Wow. Leif Enger's gorgeous novel Peace Like a River is going to be a movie starring Billy Bob Thornton. I am giddy about this news. Thornton will be great in this role. Now, let's all pray they find some equally talented young actors to play his children. … [Read more...]

All the Pretty Horses (2000)

[This review was first published at the original Looking Closer website in December 2000.] - What a shame. All the Pretty Horses, director Billy Bob Thornton's adaptation of the great Cormac McCarthy novel, must have been a marvelous film. But this is not that film. This feature-length montage of scenes from Thornton's as-yet-unreleased movie has breathtaking cinematography, reminiscent of the wild and beautiful natural world captured in Terrence Malick's films. Its performances, … [Read more...]