Earnest silliness starring Russell Crowe as the rather obviously-named Maximus ("the great"), a fictional Spanish general in the ancient Roman Empire who, after leading Marcus Aurelius' army into victory, is chosen by Marcus to be his successor as Emperor of Rome. This doesn't sit well with Marcus' ambitious son Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix), who smothers his father and, as his first… read more!
Movies Directed by Ridley Scott (in alphabetical order)
...but not a good movie. This isn't the sort of picture I'd usually pay to see. But I was in Ashland, Oregon, my wife was working at a concert that night, and I had nothing else to do, so I trotted down to the local theater, paid my seven bucks (cheaper than a matinee in Los Angeles), and watched this… read more!
First, a disclaimer: I have developed an antipathy for films in which English-speaking actors adopt fake accents as they pretend to speak in foreign languages. Would Best Picture Oscar winner Amadeus have been improved if its American cast spoke with Austrian and Italian dialects? Would the awesome HBO miniseries Chernobyl have been more believable with its mostly British cast putting… read more!
It's becoming an annual tradition: A-list director and A-list movie star make movie about astronaut lost in space. And so after 2013's Gravity and 2014's Interstellar we have 2015's The Martian. It's less suspenseful than Gravity, less ambitious than Interstellar, but enjoyable stuff, balancing serious science with Hollywood hokum. Matt Damon is Mark Watney, an easygoing astronaut on a manned mission to Mars, presumably mankind's first.… read more!