Heist (2001) – DVD Review

Heist DVD

Film:
DVD:

Written & Directed by: David Mamet
Starring: Gene Hackman, Danny DeVito, Delroy Lindo, Sam Rockwell, Rebecca Pidgeon

Features:

  • Theatrical trailer
  • Cast & crew filmographies

Released by: Warner Brothers
Region: 1
Rating: R
Anamorphic: Yes

My Advice: Rent it. For now.

Joe Moore (Hackman) is a career thief who just wants to take his winnings and sail away with his lovely young wife, Fran (Pidgeon), on his lovely boat. Especially because in his most recent job, his identity was compromised and he’s vulnerable. However, when his business associate, Bergman (DeVito) decides to stiff Moore and his crew, the only road to retirement seems to be to pull one last job with Bergman’s nephew, Jimmy Silk (Rockwell), looking over his shoulder (and straight at his lovely young wife).

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The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) – DVD Review

The Royal Tenenbaums DVD cover

Film:
DVD:

Written by: Wes Anderson & Owen Wilson
Directed by: Wes Anderson
Starring: Gene Hackman, Luke Wilson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ben Stiller, Anjelica Huston

Features:

  • Running audio commentary with director Anderson
  • Theatrical trailers
  • “With the Filmmaker”, where they follow Anderson around on set
  • Video interviews and behind-the-scenes footage with the cast members
  • Behind-the-scenes easter eggs
  • “The Peter Bradley Show,” interviews with other cast members
  • “The Art of the Movie,” covers the murals and paintings from the show, still photos, info on painter Miguel Calderón, and storyboards
  • Booklet contains “Young Richie’s” drawings by Eric Anderson and an essay on Anderson’s films
  • Cut scenes

Released by: Touchstone Pictures
Region: 1
Rating: R
Anamorphic: Yes.

My Advice: Own It.

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The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) – Movie Review

The Royal Tenenbaums movie poster

Written by: Wes Anderson & Owen Wilson
Directed by: Wes Anderson
Starring: Gene Hackman, Luke Wilson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ben Stiller, Anjelica Huston

My Advice: Don’t miss it.

The Tenenbaums were a bit of a sensation way back when. They’re a portrait of a family that peaked way too early. Richie (Luke Wilson) was a star tennis pro. Margot (Paltrow) was an award-winning playwright. Chas (Stiller) was a very successful businessman. They were all prodigies, which means when you and I were sitting around watch the Bozo show, they were out getting famous. But now, times have changed, and the three siblings have lost their luster. Was it because of the split between their father and mother (Hackman and Huston)? Was it because they just blew their wad too soon? Or was it just the general neuroses that come with being part of a family?

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By | 2010-03-25T02:54:20+00:00 December 13th, 2001|Movies, Reviews|0 Comments

Antz (1998) – Movie Review

Antz poster

Written by: Todd Alcott & Chris Weitz
Directed by: Eric Darnell & Laurence Guterman
Starring: Woody Allen, Sharon Stone, Sylvester Stallone, Gene Hackman, Christopher Walken

My Advice: Don’t miss it.

Z (Allen) is an ant that is, well, Woody Allen. So you can understand that when we meet him, he’s neurotic, complaining about being the middle child in a generation of millions, and only able to lift ten times his own body weight. He feels out of place as a worker, where all he does all day is move earth and hate his life. But then he meets the princess of the colony, Bala (Stone), and everything changes.

This movie is not only funny (and quite funny at that), it also has quite a bit of social commentary going on. And it gets major points for doing so in a way that isn’t a forced “Think for yourself, schmuck!” like Robert Anton Wilson might say. Don’t get me wrong, that certainly has its place, but I never did like a movie’s message to be delivered like they used to at the end of each Super Friends episode. And I hope they killed that purple monkey. But I digress.

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By | 2009-12-17T20:57:24+00:00 October 3rd, 1998|Movies, Reviews|0 Comments