DVD Review: Murder On The Orient Express

MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS 20th Century Fox Most mystery fans know Murder On The Orient Express, we’ve read the book or we’ve seen David Suchet play Poirot in PBS’s Mystery series or even the film from the 70s with Albert Finney. I guess what I’m saying is most of us already know the story. Agatha Christie is one of the all time best mystery writers for a reason and the story is terrific. In this up dated version they hold pretty close to the original story though I did feel that it was a bit simplified for today’s audience. That’s ok, there was a great cast and it was filmed beautifully. I really liked Johnny Depp, he felt like a cross...

THE FAMILY: DVD REVIEW

The Family Twentieth Century Fox This is another movie that slipped past me until I saw the DVD. Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer and Tommy Lee Jones all in one movie together, a movie about a mob family in hiding? You would have to physically restrain me from watching this movie, and you would have a fight on your hands. The problem is that the movie on paper sounds so damn perfect and like such a good film that my experience teaches me to be prepared for disappointment. Well in this instance the disappointment never came. Written and directed by Luc Besson who you should know from La Femme Nikita, The Transporter movies and Taken, not to...

Film Review: THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL Jun08

Film Review: THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL

 Directed by John Madden Written by OL Parker, based on the novel These Foolish Things by Deborah Moggach Starring: Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Tom Wilkison, Bill Nighy, Penelope Wilton, Dev Patel Despite promising my husband he would not have to see this film, when he refused to see THE AVENGERS he sealed his fate. The theater was mobbed with the largest group of post-fifties I have ever seen outside of an art house. Does this mean more movies for an older audience will come along? Somehow I doubt it. Every summer one or two movies like this raise my hopes that a renaissance in U.S. summer movies will take place, but I must always wait until...

Dangerous Crossing – DVD Review

I found Dangerous Crossing (20th Century Fox) surprisingly engaging, with good performances by Jeanne Crain and Michael Rennie, he probably best known for the Sci-Fi classic The Day the Earth Stood Still. The plot is simple enough: New Bride Ruth Bowman come aboard ship for a honeymoon trip with her husband John (Carl Betz). He has some business to attend to and will meet her in the bar in fifteen minutes. Fifteen minutes comes and goes several times and no John. Back to the cabin which is empty and unbooked this trip, her bags in a single a couple doors down. No one remembers seeing John and he is not listed as a passenger. He has her...