Friday, February 27, 2015

Review – The Beast (1988)

One of the great charms of the conflict between Afghan freedom fighters (many of whom would later form the core of the Taliban) and Soviet invasion troops is that there really isn’t a good guy to root for. Having no patriotic dog in this fight made it a lot easier to simply enjoy the drama as it unfolds. The crew of a Soviet tank – under the command of a cruel officer – run afoul of rebels and each other. This is the movie Fury should have been. Mildly amusing

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Review – Burton and Taylor

Celebrity bios aren’t my cup of tea, particularly when the subject is a pair of prima donnas whose egos prevent them from finding happiness. But I was lured in by the chance to see Dominic West as Richard Burton and Helena Bonham Carter as Liz Taylor. The production delivered what it promised, showing the ultimate Hollywood couple struggling to work together on the Broadway stage in the months prior to Burton’s death. Mildly amusing