Friday, 01 December 2006 |
When the script by writers Ken Kaufman and Howard Klausner first
started making the rounds in Hollywood, Senator John Glenn hadn’t made
his historic return to space. “Space Cowboys” met with interest but for
a while, inevitable rejection. Warner Bros. bought the script all the
Then Senator John Glenn was approached about a return to space,
accepted, and was strapped into the space shuttle. A history maker
remade history once again, becoming the oldest man (at age 77) to go to
“Space Cowboys” suddenly had an even greater following and push to get
to the big screen. Clint Eastwood was selected to direct the film and
star as Frank Corvin, an engineering designer whose knowledge becomes a
pivotal piece in the plot that unfolds.
Eastwood has been in front of the camera for over five decades, but
he’s truly come into his own while behind it. Over the past few films ...
Wednesday, 01 November 2006 |
“Crash” is a compelling, energetic effort that proves as mesmerizing as
waiting for a snake to strike or the inevitable pile-up of cars on a
freeway. Not a story, in a sense (although it won an Academy Award for
Best Picture), “Crash” is a string of vignettes that are so tightly
woven together that you can’t extricate them from each other without
losing structural integrity. They play off each other again and again,
sharpening the final acts of each piece throughout 36 hours of nearly
Not only is the film daring from the storytelling aspect, but it meets
the race issues of Los Angeles head-on, earning its name. It even
starts out with a crash that promotes the racial tension, then segues
right into a murder scene that happens to be at the side of the road.
Also, each of the characters really gets revealed onscreen. No one is
simply the ...