November 25, 1995

Casino

A great movie, and a fine Scorsese movie. It is not as good as GoodFellas, which is hardly a fair comparison. After all, GoodFellas is one of my all-time favorite films!

November 24, 1995

Nick of Time

The only reason I went to see Nick of Time was for its gimmick: Like the TV show 24, all the events in the film take place in "real time", over the 90-minute running time of the film. I thought that meant that the whole film would stick with the Johnny Depp character, without cuts to "parallel action", but that wasn't the case.

November 19, 1995

Goldeneye

A smart and sharp renewal of the Bond franchise. Pierce Brosnan had been on the double-0 waiting list since 1987, when he could not escape his Remington Steele contract. I generally believe Bond should be played by a man in his 30s, but in this case, I believe Brosnan is better as Bond at age 42 than he would have been at age 34.
Izabella Scorpuco is a strong and helpful Bond girl, and Famke Janssen is terrific as a crazed hench-woman.
Alan Cumming as an adorable computer "hacker" and his adequate Russian accent work for me- it's tough to ignore the antiquated computer technology. All the tech in Bond movies is ancient now, but maybe I notice the personal computers, and the password guessing games more because they're from my history?
Tina Turner's Goldeneye theme song (written by Bono and The Edge, produced by Nellee Hooper) is one of my favorites.
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Get Shorty

Barry Sonnenfeld cut together an quick, funny, clever comedy. Lots of world-class character actors (Dennis Farina, Delroy Lindo, James Gandolfini, David Paymer, Martin Ferrero, Miguel Sandoval) and one of my wife's favorite movies of the 1990s.

November 15, 1995

Mighty Aphrodite

mighty Playing a dim-bulb hooker with a funny voice didn't help Mira Sorvino's then-rising star much, even though she won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar. It's too bad this Harvard graduate who speaks three languages hasn't done any work half as good as this since then. (Maine Mall Cinema)

Carrington

The story of the relationship between painter Dora Carrington (Emma Thompson) and author Lytton Strachey (Jonathan Pryce). I don't remember the movie, but I always remember Emma Thompson's sex scenes: All I remember is the sex scene on the sailboat. (Exchange Street, Portland)