Living for the Cinema

Living for the Cinema

Short movie reviews from the last 50+ years by Geoff Gershon. https://livingforthecinema.com/

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October 15, 2021 14 min

1996 was one great year for movies including a big studio RomCom starring George Clooney and Michelle Pfeiffer which came out just under 25 years ago.  

They’re playing mismatched (or are they?) Manhattanites racing around the city, juggling work commitments and kids….all the while falling in love? 😊 

Michael Hoffman directs this breezy, funny romp featuring two movie stars at their peak! 

Host: Geoff Gershon
Producer: Marlene...

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Well, it’s finally here….the final James Bond starring Daniel Craig, and wow does he go out with a bang!  

The story kicks off with 007 retired living with the lovely Madeline played Lea Sidoux but of course….the criminal underworld comes calling as he once again gets enmeshed with the terrorist organization SPECTRE lead by Christoph Waltz’s Blowfeld along with a mysterious new villain Safin played by rec...

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October 8, 2021 16 min

Twenty-five years ago, this small indie neo-noir grabbed the attention of both critics and cinephiles by announcing a talented new duo of directors….the Wachowskis.  

Three years later, they would direct The Matrix, and of course, the rest of the world noticed them after that blockbuster!

Gina Gershon and Jennifer Tilly star as two neighbors who fall for each other…only one of them is living with a local gangster played by Joe Pantol...

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As Daniel Craig’s run as James Bond is about to come to an end with the release of "No Time To Die", we review this movie which is his most popular Bond film and among the most popular in the history of the franchise.  

It co-stars Oscar-winner Javier Bardem as Silva, a truly memorable villain who’s out for revenge against Bond’s boss, M played for the last time by Dame Judi Dench.  

The film kicks off with a slam-bang action...

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October 1, 2021 19 min

Happy 25th Anniversary to the comedy which spawned a dozen catchphrases including “Vegas baby Vegas!” and “You’re SO money!” 😊 

It’s one of the ultimate hang-out movies and tells the story of a struggling actor (Jon Favreau who also wrote the screenplay) who moved to LA just about six months ago and is trying to get over the girlfriend he left in New York - his best friend Trent (Vince Vaughn) is showing him the ropes on how...

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September 27, 2021 16 min

This Chicago based crime drama was directed by Steve McQueen as a follow-up to his Best Picture-winning "12 Years a Slave" which stars Viola Davis as a follow-up to winning her Oscar for co-starring in "Fences" and was written by Gillian Flynn as a follow-up to her Oscar-nominated box office smash "Gone Girl"….so WHY wasn’t it a bigger deal when it came out three years ago??

This Original film features a sta...

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In our ongoing Bond series, we revisit the OG Bond, Sir Sean Connery, in this second film in the franchise.  

We follow Bond this time in the midst of a Cold War espionage plot where he has to take on SPECTRE, the shadowy organization that is out to kill him along with possibly inciting World War III.  

This was PEAK Connery and very much a film of its time, very 1960’s.  It also co-stars Robert Shaw as the iconic villain Red Grant a...

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September 20, 2021 13 min

Just over twenty years ago, Elle Woods taught us that not only do blondes have more fun...

but that they can also make GREAT defense attorneys…..even just one year into law school. 

Elle is played by Reese Witherspoon of course in a star-making performance that not only spawned a franchise but also inspired many a high school production.  Directed by Robert Luketic, this also starred Luke Wilson, Selma Blair, Ali Larter, and the inva...

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September 16, 2021 19 min

“Is it safe?” 

If that question sounds eerily familiar to you spoken through a deep German accent, then you’ve experienced this movie before, and if not, then you’re in for ONE hell of a ride! 

That dialogue is spoken by the late, great Sir Laurence Olivier delivering one of his finest latter career performances and also receiving an Oscar nomination for his work. 

Dustin Hoffman is the main star however as the titular character, a ...

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September 13, 2021 18 min

Happy 20th Anniversary to the seminal crime drama which finally won Denzel Washington the Oscar for Best Actor!

It all takes place during one day as alluded to in the title as veteran LA detective Alonzo Harris (Washington) takes relative newbie Jake (Hawke) on his first ride-along throughout the city to teach him about the narcotics trade along with a LOT of stuff he wasn’t expecting. 

This movie has pretty much become this genera...

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In our ongoing series, "Living for the Bond"...we revisit the last Bond film starring Pierce Brosnan as 007 alongside Halle Berry, Rosamund Pike, Rick Yune, and Toby Stephens.  

This is one of the wilder episodes in the Bond saga as it starts off with our hero being kept prisoner by the North Korean government for more than a year before he is freed and attempts to uncover a plot to harness the power of the sun within a sate...

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September 6, 2021 18 min

Happy 10th Anniversary to what might be the greatest Rocky movie ever but….not actually featuring Rocky nor even in that universe.  

This film centers on the Conlon's, two estranged brothers played by Hardy and Edgerton, who are both competing to be the best in MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) – yes this is a sports drama but it’s so much more!

It stars Tom Hardy, Joel Edgerton, Jennifer Morrison, Frank Grillo, and Nick Nolte who was nom...

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September 3, 2021 14 min

Gregory Hines and Billy Crystal play two wise-cracking Chicago cops who are trying to take down the local drug kingpin played by Jimmy Smits...

But honestly….the plot doesn’t really matter in this as it’s ALL about the chemistry between our two leads, along with some very memorable action sequences.  

This ‘80’s action romp is directed by Peter Hyams while also starring ‘80’s mainstays Dan Hedaya, Darlene Fluegel, and Steven Bauer – ...

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August 31, 2021 15 min

WARNING - HORROR

You know the legend... say his name five times in front of a mirror and he appears!  Well actually we would advise against that but if nobody was doing this, then there wouldn’t be a movie…or several movies.  

This is a sequel to the 1992 horror classic of the same name which focused on the Chicago legend played very effectively by Tony Todd.

This time around, we follow the story of a Chicago artist played by Yahya Ab...

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Our “Living for the Bond” Series continues with one of two films in the 007 franchise starring T-Dal himself….Timothy Dalton.  

It all centers on Bond taking revenge against a powerful drug lord played by Robert Davi, it’s all very ‘80’s, and guess what?  It’s actually quite good!  

We’ll delve into what was jokingly dubbed “A Special Episode of Miami Vice featuring James Bond” and what made it work.  It also stars Carey Lowell, Tali...

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August 24, 2021 17 min

Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon co-star as the iconic characters in this highly influential outlaw road movie directed by Ridley Scott – both actresses were nominated for Oscars along with the screenwriter Callie Khouri who actually won the award for Best Original Screenplay that year.  

Young Brad Pitt also co-stars in what many would consider to be one of his early breakout roles alongside Michael Madsen and Harvey Keitel.  At the ...

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August 20, 2021 16 min

In August 2016, director David McKenzie gave us a satisfying modern Western focusing on two bank-robbing brothers played by Chris Pine and Ben Foster nabbing banks all over Texas with at least one Texas Ranger hot on their trail played by Jeff Bridges. 

This movie proves that Hollywood CAN still make good old-school films like this!  It was also written by Taylor Sheridan as part of his “Frontier Trilogy” between Sicario and Wind Ri...

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August 17, 2021 15 min

WARNING - LANGUAGE

35 years ago, the wacky directing trio (Zucker, Abrams, Zucker) behind Airplane and The Naked Gun gave us a pretty crazy story: a wealthy clothing tycoon plots to murder his heiress wife but then finds out that she is actually being held hostage….and hilarity ensues!

Let’s revisit this ‘80’s comedy gem starring Danny DeVito, Bette Midler, Bill Pullman, Judge Reinhold, and Helen Slater.

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Everyone has their first James Bond movie, the version they grew up with –
and this was my first ever James Bond movie and also the man himself, Roger Moore.  

This movie just turned 40, which makes me…pretty old? 

The late, great Sir Roger Moore stars alongside Topol and Julian Glover in this fast-paced spy-thriller, the 12th film in the enduring 007 franchise. 

Host: Geoff Gershon  

Producer: Marlene Gershon 

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August 10, 2021 17 min

WARNING - VIOLENT GORE

“From the beautiful, twisted mind of James Gunn” as the tagline tells us…yes the vaunted director of Marvel Studio’s Guardians of the Galaxy has now directed a superhero epic for DC…and it’s also REALLY R-Rated!

It stars Margot Robbie, Idris Elba, John Cena, David Dastmalchian, Viola Davis, Daniela Melchior, and even the voice of Sylvester Stallone…. among so many others.

The first Suicide Squad film from five...

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