Matt Damon was born to play Jason Bourne, despite what the giant picture above might suggest.
The Trial of the Chicago 7, which is now available on Netflix, is generating Oscar buzz thanks to strong performances by Sacha Baron Cohen as Abbie Hoffman and Eddie Redmayne as Tom Hayden. The film chronicles the violent anti-war protests at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, and the subsequent trial of seven activists who were accused of inciting the riot.
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We’ll never forget Hannibal Lecter’s steely blue eyes as he tells FBI agent Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) that he prefers fava beans and a glass of Chianti when he chows down the liver of an unfortunate victim of his madness.
However, what if those blue eyes had been dark brown? In fact, what if they had been Sean Connery’s dark brown eyes?
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The French Connection, which premiered in New York 49 years ago today (October 7), is one of the most realistic police dramas in cinematic history. Directed with a tight hand by William Friedkin (The Exorcist), the film fearlessly shows its lead detective, Detective Jimmy ‘Popeye’ Doyle (Gene Hackman), as both hero and anti-hero. You root for Doyle, but you also cringe when he resorts to illegal and sometimes cruel tactics in his relentless search of a French drug kingpin (Fernando Rey).
Samuel L. Jackson is regarded by many as the coolest cat in Hollywood, a reputation that was first formed by his dazzling performance in Pulp Fiction (1994) as drug hitman Jules Winfield. Flanked by John Travolta, who plays the thickheaded Vincent Vega, Jackson’s Jules employs Biblical verses to disarm his prey before emptying his revolver on their bad selves.
Burt Reynolds’ quiet but powerful performance as adult film director Jack Horner in Boogie Nights (coming to HBO Max on October 1) gives the film a respectability it desperately needs. Despite chronicling how participating in the industry contributed to destroying many of the main characters, Boogie Nights still comes off as a celebration of what is a highly reckless lifestyle and mode of sexual behavior. Director Paul Thomas Anderson takes the viewer on a rollercoaster rush from beginning to end as the main players engage in non-stop partying and porn. The viewer can’t help but think that it may be hazardous to one’s health but what fun it would be to navigate those hazards!
Michael Douglas, whose production talents might even exceed his acting skills, knows when a script has the potential to translate into box office success. So when he was cast as the lead detective in Joe Eszterhas’ sexy thriller Basic Instinct (coming to Netflix on October 1), he wanted everything done just right, particularly the casting of his co-star.
Douglas wanted Kim Basinger to play Catherine Tramell, the crime novelist suspected of a vicious and bizarre murder.
He really, really wanted Basinger, as many men in Hollywood did at the time, I might add.