|1492: Conquest of Paradise 1992 PG-13, 152 min.|
Genre: Drama / Adventure
Director: Ridley Scott
Cast: Gerard Depardieu, Armand Assante, Sigourney Weaver, Loren Dean, Angela Molina, Fernando Rey, Michael Wincott, Tcheky Karyo, Frank Langella, Mark Margolis, Kevin Dunn, Kario Salem, Billy L. Sullivan, John Heffernan, Arnold Vosloo
This celebration of the 500th anniversary of Christopher Columbus' "discovery" of America provides a complex look at the relationship of Christopher Columbus and Queen Isabella in his quest for exploration.
|Alien: Resurrection 1997 R, 108 min.|
Genre: Action / Sci-Fi / Horror / Thriller
Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Cast: Sigourney Weaver, Winona Ryder, Ron Perlman, Michael Wincott, Dan Hedaya, Dominique Pinon, Gary Dourdan, J.E. Freeman, Brad Dourif, Raymond Cruz, Kim Flowers, Marlene Bush, Leland Orser, Carolyn Campbell, David St. James
In this sequel to "Alien 3," the time is 200 years later, and Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) has died., but she has been cloned. Scientists remove the baby Alien Queen from the cloned Ripley's chest. Unfortunately, some of the old Queen Alien DNA is still present, and, once again, the Queen Alien begins giving birth to a new breed of deadly aliens.
|Along Came a Spider 2001 R, 103 min.|
Genre: Drama / Mystery / Thriller
Director: Lee Tamahori
Cast: Morgan Freeman, Monica Potter, Michael Wincott, Jay O. Sanders, Dylan Baker, Mika Boorem, Penelope Ann Miller, Michael Moriarty, Raoul Ganeev, Billy Burke, Anton Yelchin, Kimberly Hawthorne, Anna Maria Horsford, Scott Heindl, Christopher Shyer
In this follow-up to "Kiss the Girls," Morgan Freeman is back as Detective Alex Cross, and his new case is the abduction of a congressman's daughter, Megan Rose (Mika Boorem). The perpetrator is Gary Soneji (Michael Wincott) who spent two years waiting for the opportunity to pull off the kidnapping. Now, despite losing his partner, Cross takes on the job and tries to save the day.
|The Assassination of Richard Nixon 2004 R, 95 min.|
Genre: Drama / Thriller
Director: Niels Mueller
Cast: Sean Penn, Naomi Watts, Don Cheadle, Jack Thompson, Brad William Henke, Michael Wincott, Mykelti Williamson, April Grace, Jared Dorrance, Nick Searcy, Jenna Milton, Mariah Massa, Lily Knight, Eileen Ryan, Derek Greene
Businessman Samuel J. Bicke (Sean Penn) believes that life in America is not fair. His solution: hijack a commercial airliner and crash it into the White House hoping to kill President Nixon–and make himself a martyr in the process. Based on history, this film involves the 1974 attempt by Samuel Byek–renamed Bicke for the film– to assassinate Nixon.
|Basquiat 1996 R, 108 min.|
Director: Julian Schnabel
Cast: Jeffrey Wright, Michael Wincott, Benicio Del Toro, Claire Forlani, David Bowie, Dennis Hopper, Gary Oldman, Christopher Walken, Willem Dafoe, Parker Posey, Jean-Claude La Marre, Elina Lowensohn, Paul Bartel, Courtney Love, Tatum O'Neal
This is the biography of the young American painter Jean-Michel Basquiat (Jeffrey Wright) who began as a graffiti artist and soared to fame in the 1980s (due, in part, to the sponsorship of Andy Warhol) and was dead from a heroin overdose at the age of 28. 1 User Review
|Left me gazing at the stars reconsidering art and life||Iowa Girl 11/01/2011 |
| The obvious bounty of actors/actresses did not prove to overtake the life story of Basquiat. I first watched this movie in a Senior Seminar at Drake University in Des Moines, IA. The class was Writing about Art, something like that, and my two passions were rolled into one semester of intelligent thinking, observation and writing. This movie made a huge impact on me, and maybe it was the timing -- one semester past 9-11, but it made me reevaluating the intersections of life and art, artists and business, and the delicate line that seems to pull each away from the other. Love David Bowie!|
|Before Night Falls 2000 R, 125 min.|
Director: Julian Schnabel
Cast: Javier Bardem, Olivier Martinez, Andrea Di Stefano, Johnny Depp, Sean Penn, Michael Wincott, Najwa Nimri, Hector Babenco, Jerzy Skolimowski, Vito Maria Schnabel, Pedro Armendariz Jr., Giovanni Florido, Olatz Lopez Grmendia, Lolo Navarro, Santiago Magill
Noted anti-Castro Cuban writer Reinaldo Arenas (Javier Bardem) is the subject of this film about a poor boy who grows up and joins Castro's revolutionary forces. After the revolution, Arenas moves to Havana, publishes his first novel, and participates in the gay underground. His actions are considered dangerous by Castro's political regime, and Arenas is sentenced to concentration camps and later is exiled. Finally free and living in NY, Arenas contracts the AIDs virus and ultimately kills himself. What makes this film extraordinary is not the plot; instead, it is the painstaking blend of the movie's sights and sounds that tugs at viewers' emotions. Bardem was nominated for a Best Actor Academy Award.
|The Count of Monte Cristo 2002 PG-13, 118 min.|
Director: Kevin Reynolds
Cast: James Caviezel, Guy Pearce, Richard Harris, Dagmara Dominczyk, Luis Guzman, Michael Wincott, James Frain, Albie Woodington, Alex Norton, Christopher Adamson
After his jealous friend, Fernand Mondego (Guy Pearce), denounced him, sailor Edmund Dantes (James Caviezel) is imprisoned during which time he is educated by a priest, Faria (Richard Harris), who also gives him a treasure map. Sixteen years later, a wealthy Dantes has assumed the name of the Count of Monte Cristo and, along with his loyal sidekick, Jacopo (Luis Guzman), determines to get revenge.
|The Crow 1994 R, 98 min.|
Director: Alex Proyas
Cast: Brandon Lee, Ernie Hudson, Michael Wincott, David Patrick Kelly, Rochelle Davis, Michael Berryman, Jon Polito, Bill Raymond, Tony Todd, Angel David
Violence is the theme for this film, whose star Brandon Lee died from a gunshot wound during the actual filming. This is the story of a murder investigation in which the corpse (Brandon Lee) comes back from the dead in the form of a crow and avenges his own murder.
|Dead Man 1995 R, 121 min.|
Director: Jim Jarmusch
Cast: Johnny Depp, Gary Farmer, Lance Henriksen, Michael Wincott, Mili Avital, Iggy Pop, John Hurt, Robert Mitchum, Gabriel Byrne
Set in the late 1800s, this is the story of William Blake (Johnny Depp) who journeys from Cleveland to the West where he has been promised a job at the Dickinson Steel Works. Once there, he is told the position is no longer available. Out of money, Blake has a brief affair resulting in the murder of the son of the mill owner. Escaping his pursuers, Blake teams up with an Indian (Gary Farmer), and they embark on a strange odyssey together.
|The Doors 1991 R, 138 min.|
Genre: Drama / Musical
Director: Oliver Stone
Cast: Val Kilmer, Meg Ryan, Kevin Dillon, Kyle MacLachlan, Frank Whaley, Michael Madsen, Billy Idol, Kathleen Quinlan, Dennis Burkley, Josh Evans, Michael Wincott, John Densmore, Gretchen Becker, Jerry Sturm, Sean Stone
Val Kilmer stars in this Oliver Stone movie about the late rocker, The Doors' front man Jim Morrison. As is often the case, Stone's work is unique. It not only tells the story, almost documentary style, of a beach boy-poet who turns into a self-destructive, obnoxious rock star. It is a good example of how fame is often a two-edged sword.
|Gunshy 1998 R, 120 min.|
Director: Jeff Celentano
Cast: William Petersen, Michael Wincott, Diane Lane, Kevin Gage, Michael Byrne, Eric Schaeffer, Meat Loaf, Musetta Vander, R. Lee Ermey, Badja Djola
After the breakup with his girlfriend, a journalist, Jake Bridges (William Petersen) heads for Atlantic City where he embraces alcohol as his cure-all. A small-time mobster (Michael Wincott) spots Jake, saves him from himself, and introduces him to his girlfriend Melissa (Diane Lane). Now a new kind of "friendship" develops.
|Hidden Agenda 1999 R, 97 min.|
Genre: Action / Drama / Mystery / Thriller
aka: Secret Agenda
Director: Iain Paterson
Cast: Kevin Dillon, Andrea Roth, J.T. Walsh, Christopher Plummer, Michael Wincott, Daniel Kash, Paul Soles, Rod Wilson, Phillip Jarrett, Wendy Lyon, Denis Forest, Craig Gardne, Cintija Asperger, Richard Denison, Oliver Dawson
David (Kevin Dillon) heads to Berlin to claim the body of his CIA agent brother Michael (Rod Wilson) who he hasn't seen in years and discovers a computer disc that was left behind by Michael. David meets Monika Engelmann (Andrea Roth) who claims that the disc is hers. As Monica and David stay ahead of those pursuing them, he learns that the disc contains secret information, and David finds himself in the middle of international intrigue involving the CIA and the German secret police STASI.
|Metro 1997 R, 117 min.|
Genre: Action / Comedy / Drama / Thriller
Director: Thomas Carter
Cast: Eddie Murphy, Michael Rapaport, Carmen Ejogo, Michael Wincott, Denis Arndt, Kim Miyori, Art Evans, James Carpenter, Donal Logue, Jeni Chua, Dick Bright, David Michael Silverman, Frank Sommerville, Malou Nubla, Nino Gegennaro
Scott Roper (Eddie Murphy) is a hostage negotiator for the San Francisco Police Department who gets a new partner, Kevin McCall (Michael Rapaport)–a novice in the field of negotiating. The duo is off to the races, and Roper gets more than he expected.
|Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves 1991 PG-13, 144 min.|
Genre: Adventure / Action / Drama / Romance
Director: Kevin Reynolds
Cast: Kevin Costner, Christian Slater, Alan Rickman, Morgan Freeman, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Sean Connery, Brian Blessed, Michael Wincott, Michael McShane, Geraldine McEwan, Nick Brimble, Soo Drouet, Daniel Newman, Jack Wild, Walter Sparrow
"Robin Hood," the story loved by young and old, is retold in this romantic epic about the rogue who robs the rich and gives to the poor. Kevin Costner takes on th role of Robin Hood who joins forces with Little John (Nick Brimble) and his band of thieves to combat the wicked Sheriff of Nottingham (Alan Rickman)–and Robin still finds time for romance with Maid Marian (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio).
|Romeo Is Bleeding 1993 R, 108 min.|
Director: Peter Medak
Cast: Gary Oldman, Lena Olin, Annabella Sciorra, Juliette Lewis, Michael Wincott, Roy Scheider, Ron Perlman, Dennis Farina, Will Patton, David Proval
Jack (Gary Oldman), a New York cop who is on the take, has a good life–nice home, wife, and a dumb mistress. His job for the mob is to supply information on mob-related witnesses. When Jack is hired to guard a tough, sexy, Russian hit woman (Lena Olin), his life starts to unravel. Lots of brutality in this modern film noir.
|Seraphim Falls 2006 R, 115 min.|
Genre: Drama / Western / Action / Thriller
Director: David Von Ancken
Cast: Pierce Brosnan, Liam Neeson, Angie Harmon, Anjelica Huston, Michael Wincott, Ed Lauter, John Robinson, Robert Baker, Jimmi Simpson, Nate Mooney, James Jordan, Kevin J. O'Connor, Tom Noonan, Xander Berkeley, Wes Studi
This story is set in 1868, the post-Civil War era, and begins with Pacific Northwest trapper Gideon (Pierce Brosnan) getting wounded by rifle fire. The bullet came from the gun of a posse member led by former Confederate Army Colonel Carver (Liam Neeson) who is out for revenge by punishing Union Army Captain Gideon for crimes committed during the Civil War. This time, Gideon escapes by tumbling down a mountain, falling into a stream, and leaping over a waterfall into freezing water. He climbs out, sets a camp fire, and digs out the bullet. But that's just the beginning of this story–most of which involves Gideon running for his life with Carver and the posse in hot pursuit.
|The Sicilian 1987 R, 119 min.|
Genre: Drama / Action
Director: Michael Cimino
Cast: Christopher Lambert, Terence Stamp, Barbara Sukowa, Giulia Boschi, Joss Ackland, John Turturro, Joe Regalbuto, Aldo Ray, Ray McAnally, Barry Miller, Richard Bauer, Andreas Katsulas, Michael Wincott, Derrick Branche, Richard Venture
This film, based on the best-selling novel by Mario Puzo, attempts to tell the story of Salvatore Giuliano (Christopher Lambert), an outlaw leader using Mafia ties to achieve his dreams for Sicilian independence. Giuliano robs rich landowners and gives to the poor peasants but becomes obsessed with his new-found popularity. The head of the Sicilian Mafia, Don Masino Croce (Joss Ackland), is determined to stop Giuliano and assigns Pissciota (John Turturro) the job of assassinating him.
|Strange Days 1995 R, 145 min.|
Genre: Drama / Horror / Thriller / Action
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
Cast: Ralph Fiennes, Angela Bassett, Juliette Lewis, Tom Sizemore, Michael Wincott, Vincent D'Onofrio, Richard Edson, Glenn Plummer, Josef Sommer, Todd Graff, Brigitte Bako, William Fichtner, Joe Urla, Nancy Katt, Michael Jace
Set at the end of 1999, this is the story of an ex-cop, Lenny Nero (Ralph Fiennes), who has sunk to selling virtual-reality clips of other peoples' sex and violence to those who trade real life experiences for voyeurism. His street hustling leads to uncovering a Los Angeles police conspiracy
|Talk Radio 1988 R, 110 min.|
Director: Oliver Stone
Cast: Eric Bogosian, Ellen Greene, Alec Baldwin, Leslie Hope, John C. McGinley, John Pankow, Michael Wincott, Zach Grenier, Anna Levine, Robert Trebor
Eric Bogosian takes on the role of a Dallas radio talk-show host. His flippant and belittling chatter with the misfits of society who call in to his show leads to events over which he no longer has control.
|The Three Musketeers 1993 PG, 105 min.|
Genre: Family / Adventure / Action / Comedy / Romance
Director: Stephen Herek
Cast: Charlie Sheen, Kiefer Sutherland, Chris O'Donnell, Oliver Platt, Tim Curry, Rebecca De Mornay, Gabrielle Anwar, Michael Wincott, Paul McGann, Julie Delpy, Hugh O'Conor, Christopher Adamson, Philip Tan, Erwin Leder, Axel Anselm
In this Disney production, Charlie Sheen, Kiefer Sutherland, and Oliver Platt play the three Musketeers, and Chris O'Donnell takes on the role of D'Artagnan as they fight Cardinal Richelieu (Tim Curry) who is controlling the French government under Louis XIII (Hugh O'Conor). This is a funny flick.
|Ticket to Heaven 1981 PG, 107 min.|
Director: Ralph Thomas
Cast: Nick Mancuso, Saul Rubinek, Meg Foster, Kim Cattrall, R.H. Thomson, Jennifer Dale, Guy Boyd, Paul Soles, Robert Joy, Michael Wincott
This docudrama about religious cults features Nick Mancuso as a Toronto schoolteacher who naively joins a California cult and goes through the rituals of brain washing. Fortunately, a friend rescues him from his robotic existence and gets him into a deprogramming session.
|The Tragedy of Flight 103: The Inside Story 1990 TV, 89 min.|
Director: Leslie Woodhead
Cast: Vincent Gardenia, Ned Beatty, Peter Boyle, Michael Wincott, Timothy West, Harry Ditson, Aharon Ipale, Sean Pertwee, Sasson Gabai
Pan Am flight 103 exploded over Lockerbie, Scotland, in December 1988. This is the story of the events that led up to the bombing by terrorists. A good made-for-Cable TV effort.
|Treasure Planet 2002 PG, 95 min.|
Genre: Animation / Family / Adventure / Sci-Fi
Director: Ron Clements, John Musker
Cast: Brian Murray, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emma Thompson, David Hyde Pierce, Martin Short, Patrick McGoohan, Roscoe Lee Browne, Laurie Metcalf, Michael Wincott, Dane A. Davis, Corey Burton, Tony Jay, Michael McShane, Jack Angel
Robert Louis Stevenson's "Treasure Island" has been reset to Treasure Planet in this Disney animated sci-fi film that takes place in outer space. Young Jim Hawkins (voice of Joseph Gordon-Levitt) travels across the universe as part of the crew of the spaceship R.L.S. Legacy, which is captained by Amelia (voice of Emma Thompson). A pirate, Billy Bones (voice of Patrick McGoohan), has given Jim a treasure map showing how to reach Treasure Planet, and Jim's purpose in signing on to the ship is to search for the treasures hidden there. Jim becomes friends with crew member John Silver (voice of Brian Murray) and learns that he is part cyborg and plans a mutiny. When Jim opts out of the mutiny, he finds an ally in marooned robot B.E.N. (voice of Martin Short) and tries to defend law and order. The film received a Best Animated Feature Academy Award nomination.
|What Just Happened? 2008 R, 113 min.|
Genre: Comedy / Drama
Director: Barry Levinson
Cast: Robert De Niro, Catherine Keener, Sean Penn, Stanley Tucci, Kristen Stewart, Michael Wincott, Bruce Willis, John Turturro, Robin Wright Penn, Lindy Booth, Marin Hinkle, William Ragsdale, Peter Jacobson, Mark Ivanir, Lily Rabe
Film producer Ben (Robert De Niro) contends with stresses involved in trying to put together a major movie, "Fiercely," starring Sean Penn (Himself). In the process, Ben must deal with drug-addicted director Jeremy (Michael Wincott) and no-nonsense studio boss Lou (Catherine Keener) and then persuade superstar Bruce Willis (Himself) to shave his beard. At the same time, Ben's ex-wife Kelly (Robin Wright Penn) is sleeping with his friend Scott (Stanley Tucci), and those are just a few of the problems Ben must deal with in this satire on the Hollywood film industry.
|1. 1492: Conquest of Paradise (1992)|
2. Alien: Resurrection (1997)
3. Along Came a Spider (2001)
4. The Assassination of Richard Nixon (2004)
5. Basquiat (1996)
6. Before Night Falls (2000)
7. The Count of Monte Cristo (2002)
8. The Crow (1994)
9. Dead Man (1995)
10. The Doors (1991)
11. Gunshy (1998)
12. Hidden Agenda (1999)
aka: Secret Agenda
13. Metro (1997)
14. Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)
15. Romeo Is Bleeding (1993)
16. Seraphim Falls (2006)
17. The Sicilian (1987)
18. Strange Days (1995)
19. Talk Radio (1988)
20. The Three Musketeers (1993)
21. Ticket to Heaven (1981)
22. The Tragedy of Flight 103: The Inside Story (1990)
23. Treasure Planet (2002)
24. What Just Happened? (2008)
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