Cast: Norman Reedus, Deborah Harry, Elina Löwensohn, Peter Appel, Holter Graham, Adrien Brody, Jerry Adler, Issac Hayes, Clark Gregg
Writers: screenplay by Adam Bernstein and Marc Gerald; based on the novel “Portrait of a Young Man Drowning” by Charles Perry.
Producer: Jonathan Demme (one of my favorite directors)
Director: Adam Bernstein
Genre: Crime, Dark Comedy
Running Time: 1 hour, 37 minutes
Released: September, 1997 (October, 1998 in the U.S.)
MPAA Rating: R
It’s a Dark Movie
I’m going to level with you: this is a strange movie. Dark comedy mixed with gangster flick. Disturbing, violent, dark and somehow funny. If you’re a fan of films by the Cohen Brothers (such as Fargo), then you might dig this. In spite of the bloodshed and off-putting subject matter, this film is actually not bad. Continue reading “Six Ways to Sunday”
Cast: Mario Van Peebles, William Sadler, Barry Corbin, Adrien Brody, Seidy Lopez, Abraham Verduzco, Farnecio de Bernal…
Writers: Screenplay by David Corley, based on the novel “Weapon” by Robert Mason.
Director: Norberto Barba
Genre: Action (with some Science Fiction elements)
Running Time: 1 hour, 34 minutes
Released: August 23, 1996
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Let’s Be Real
I’m going to be straight with you, my dear readers: this movie is not great. It has its impressive moments, but overall… it’s kind of cheesy. As with Bullet, though, I think it may have impressed me more upon its release in 1996. Continue reading “Solo”
also known as Sweet Jersey, occasionally known as Nothing to Lose
Cast: Adrien Brody, Michael Gallagher, Sybil Temchen, Tony Gillan, James E. Moriarty, Lisa Roberts Gillan, Frank Vincent.
Written & Directed by: Eric Bross
Running Time: 1 hour, 48 minutes
Released: April 9, 1995
MPAA Rating: R
Ten Benny is one of those films that is kind of hit and miss. It comes close to greatness many times, but comes close to cheesy nearly as often.
Adrien’s Role: Ray Diglovanni Jr.
On paper, our main character, Ray (Adrien Brody) is… well… an a**h***. The relationship with his long-suffering girlfriend, Joanne, is a troubling one. He seems to have little to no respect for his father (although that changes some), he fails his friends at every turn, and he basically uses his job as a way to make connections for his gambling addiction. Continue reading “Ten Benny”
Cast (opening credits order): Harley Cross, Karen Young, Dennis Boutsikaris, Adrien Brody, Gene Canfield, Moira Kelly
Written by: Catherine May Levin
Directed by: Juan Jose Campanella
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Running Time: 1 hour, 45 minutes
Released: April 24, 1991 (U.S.)
Rated: Not rated (would be “R”)
Full disclosure:The first time I watched this movie (last November), I basically watched Adrien Brody’s scenes. The second time (this summer), I skimmed through to get the gist of it. This time, I figured I needed to really pay attention to the entire film if I was to review it. So I did. Also, I don’t own this film (I’ve never found an official release), I watch it via YouTube (a VHS rip with Dutch subtitles).
In all honesty, this is a very unsettling and dark story and is hard to watch at times. It is almost a cautionary tale about being a more involved parent (and seeking help for your own issues, lest you pass down worse ones).