Remembering John Cazale.

Remembering John Cazale.

James Dean, Heath Ledger, River Phoenix; actors we most prominently associate with dying young. Philip Seymour Hoffman, Steve McQueen and James Gandolfini; others who died not particularly young, but certainly too soon. Yet, for me there is one actor who stands above them all, if not for his near-perfect body of work but purely for … Continue reading

Angel Heart.

The beauty of Angel Heart resides in its ability to trick us into thinking it’s a lot more complicated than it actually is. Angel Heart is wonderfully simple, something you will appreciate more when you return to it for a second viewing. The film revolves around Harry Angel, a grubby, greasy private eye who takes … Continue reading

This Boy’s Life.

  Based on the life and memoir of writer Tobias Wolff, This Boy’s Life captures the frustrations of childhood and the trust we place in our elders to protect us until we’re capable of doing it for ourselves. We first meet the young Toby on the run with his mother. Escaping her latest abusive boyfriend, the … Continue reading

Sleepers.

When one great performance dominates a film, such as Dustin Hoffman’s portrayal of Raymond Babbitt in Rain Man, it is not easily forgotten. Yet, occasionally, when several great actors unite in a piece of work and consistently balance and complement one another, it is often the case that we forget such a film as there was not … Continue reading