The Place Beyond the Pines: Eva Mendes is still beautiful

The Place Beyond The Pines - 2013 Director Derek Cianfrance Starring Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes, Ray Liotta, Ben Mendelsohn, Rose Byrne, Mahershala Ali, Bruce Greenwood, Harris Yulin, Dane DeHaan and Emory Cohen Screenplay by Cianfrance, Ben Coccio, Darius Marder There is a scene early in The Place Beyond the Pines in which Luke is told by the grandmother of a child he never … Continue reading The Place Beyond the Pines: Eva Mendes is still beautiful

The Iceman just wants to be a landlord

The Iceman - 2013 Director Ariel Vroman Starring Michael Shannon, Winona Rider, Chris Evans, Ray Liotta, James Franco, David Schwimmer, Stephen Dorff, Erin Cummings, Robert Davi Screenplay by Vroman and Morgan Land No one can economize a performance like Michael Shannon.  His countenance is always sober, but seething underneath.  His performance in Man of Steel was a thankless … Continue reading The Iceman just wants to be a landlord

Killing Them Softly, because it wasn’t named Hitting one for Ira

Killing Them Softly - 2012 Writer and Director  Andrew Dominik Starring Brad Pitt, Andrew McNairy, Ben Mendolsohn, Richard Jenkins, James Gandolfini, Ray Liotta, Sam Shepard, Slaine, Vince Curatola, Max Casella, Trevor Long When I was dating my wife, I took her to see the movie Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.  Afterwards, at dinner, I asked her what she … Continue reading Killing Them Softly, because it wasn’t named Hitting one for Ira