Directors and Their Muses

The relationship between director and leading man/woman, is one that has fascinated me for quite some time.  There are several that I was aware from the beginning of my film awakening.  But the idea became most prevalent while watching Ingmar Bergman’s oeuvre.  I was in awe of the fact that Bergman chose to stick with the same actors for the most part, and it worked.  It worked really well. Liv Ullman, Bibi Andersson, Erland Josephson,... Read More

The Taking of Pelham 123

I had no plans to see Tony Scott’s latest frantic project. John Travolta has lost any appeal to me, as has Denzel Washington.  Neither of them has done an interesting film for years now.  Nor has Scott for that matter.  Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed Man on Fire and I more than enjoyed Spy Game, but this Deja Vu nonsense gets boring real fast.  It’s due to Peter Travers rating of three and a half (not Bitchin’) stars, and... Read More