|Big Nothing 2006 N/R, 86 min.|
Genre: Comedy / Drama / Thriller
Director: Jean-Baptiste Andrea
Cast: David Schwimmer, Simon Pegg, Alice Eve, Jon Polito, Natascha McElhone, Mimi Rogers, Billy Asher, Julian Glover, Olivia Peterson, Sarah Edmonson, Amber Rose Sealey, Shauna Shim, Laurence Bouvard, Mitchell Mullen
Once a professor, Charlie Wood (David Schwimmer) is now married to beautiful policewoman Penelope (Natascha McElhone) and lives in Oregon. He reluctantly takes a job at a software call center and is soon fired for his attitude toward customers. Then, co-worker Gus Dickinson (Simon Pegg) talks Charlie into blackmailing a priest, Rev. Smalls (Mitchell Mullen), who appears to be obsessed with internet porn. Joining them is Josie (Alice Eve), and the trio sets out on a plot that results in more than a few twists and turns as they find themselves in way over their heads.
|City of Ghosts 2003 R, 117 min.|
Director: Matt Dillon
Cast: Matt Dillon, James Caan, Natascha McElhone, Gerard Depardieu, Sereyvuth Kem, Stellan Skarsgard, Rose Byrne, Shawn Andrews, Chalee Sankhavesa, Christopher Curry, Rob Campbell, Jack Shearer
Con man Jimmy Cremming (Matt Dillon) heads for Cambodia in search of his mentor, Marvin (James Caan). But, once in contact with him, Jimmy wants no part of plans for opening a casino. Events change, and when Marvin is captured by terrorists, Jimmy tries to rescue him. Direct to Video/DVD.
|The Devil's Own 1997 R, 107 min.|
Genre: Action / Drama / Thriller
Director: Alan J. Pakula
Cast: Harrison Ford, Brad Pitt, Margaret Colin, Ruben Blades, Treat Williams, George Hearn, Mitch Ryan, Natascha McElhone, Simon Jones, Julia Stiles, Paul Ronan, Ashley Carin, David Wilmot, David O'Hara, Kelly Singer
Irish Republican Army assassin McGuire Devaney (Brad Pitt) escapes to New York, and honest cop Tom O'Meara (Harrison Ford) unwittingly allows him into his home as a boarder. O'Meara suffers the consequences when Devaney's other personality of cold-blooded killer emerges.
|FearDotCom 2002 R, 98 min.|
Genre: Horror / Thriller / Drama
Director: William Malone
Cast: Stephen Dorff, Natascha McElhone, Stephen Rea, Udo Kier, Amelia Curtis, Jeffrey Combs, Nigel Terry, Gesine Cukrowski, Michael Sarrazin, Anna Thalbach, Jana Guttgemanns, Siobhan Flynn, Evie Garratt, Lex Kreps, Joan McBride
Sex and violence reek throughout this horror flick about a Web Site that knows what scares people. Those who log on end up being killed within 48 hours–by whatever each fears most. Sick, sick, sick.
|Ladies in Lavender 2004 PG-13, 103 min.|
Director: Charles Dance
Cast: Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Natascha McElhone, Daniel Bruhl, Miriam Margolyes, Freddie Jones, David Warner, Clive Russell, Richard Pears, Toby Jones, Geoffrey Bayldon, Timothy Bateson
Spinster sisters Ursula and Janet (Judi Dench and Maggie Smith) live in a cottage in a Cornish seaside village in 1936. One day, a foreigner, Andrea (Daniel Bruhl), washes ashore, and the sisters rescue and nurse him back to health. They dote on Andrea; but, while Janet's attentions are motherly, Ursula becomes romantically stimulated. Problems lie ahead for Andrea who, after all, is an illegal alien during an era when World War II looms.
|Laurel Canyon 2002 R, 101 min.|
Director: Lisa Cholodenko
Cast: Frances McDormand, Christian Bale, Kate Beckinsale, Natascha McElhone, Alessandro Nivola, Lou Barlow, Russell Pollard, Imaad Wasif, Mickey Petralia, Melissa De Sousa
Jane (Frances McDormand), a Los Angeles record producer, has been enjoying houseguests in her Laurel Canyon home. The guests–a British rock band including her boyfriend, Ian (Allessandro Nivola), who is the band's young lead singer–partake in more than a few pot and poolside parties. When Jane's son Sam (Christian Bale) and wife Alex (Kate Beckinsale)–both recent graduates of Harvard Medical School–arrive for a visit, Sam is disturbed by his mother's lifestyle, but Alex is intrigued by this unfamiliar environment.
|Love's Labour's Lost 2000 PG, 93 min.|
Director: Kenneth Branagh
Cast: Kenneth Branagh, Alessandro Nivola, Alicia Silverstone, Natascha McElhone, Matthew Lillard, Adrian Lester, Nathan Lane, Timothy Spall, Emily Mortimer, Stefania Rocca
Kenneth Branagh directed and stars in this Shakespearean romantic comedy. Updated to the 1930s, the story of four students who swear off women to allow time for studies is presented as a musical extravaganza, and the result is enjoyable entertainment.
|Mrs. Dalloway 1997 PG-13, 97 min.|
Director: Marleen Gorris
Cast: Vanessa Redgrave, Natascha McElhone, Rupert Graves, Michael Kitchen, John Standing, Alan Cox, Lena Headey, Margaret Tyzack, Sarah Badel, Phyllis Calvert
Set in 1923, this Virginia Woolf story involves Clarissa Dalloway (Vanessa Redgrave) and her life choices. Told through flashbacks, young Clarissa (Natascha McElhone) fled from a passionate romance and settled for security with Richard Dalloway (John Standing).
|Ronin 1998 R, 121 min.|
Genre: Action / Drama / Thriller
Director: John Frankenheimer
Cast: Robert De Niro, Jean Reno, Jonathan Pryce, Natascha McElhone, Stellan Skarsgard, Skipp Sudduth, Sean Bean, Michael Lonsdale, Jan Triska, Bernard Bloch, Feodor Atkine, Tolsty, Ron Perkins, Amadou, Leopoldine Serre
Irish activist Dierdre (Natascha McElhone) hires a team to track down a mysterious briefcase–contents unknown. They do not know who hired them, but former CIA agent Sam (Robert De Niro), former Euro intelligence agent Vincent (Jean Reno), former KGB agent Gregor (Stellan Skarsgard), British demolitions expert Spence (Sean Bean), and driver Larry (Skipp Sudduth) set out to track down the briefcase. And the chase is on, with a few twists and turns, car chases, and action scenes as they travel from Paris, to Cannes, and then to Nice. 1 User Review
|Will watch again||bullethead 07/28/2010 |
|Solaris 2002 R, 99 min.|
Genre: Sci-Fi / Drama / Mystery / Romance
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Cast: George Clooney, Natascha McElhone, Jeremy Davies, Viola Davis, Ulrich Tukur, Morgan Rusler, John Cho, Shane Skelton, Donna Kimball, Michael Ensign, Elpidia Carillo, Kent Faulcon, Lauren Cohn, Tony Clemons
A psychologist, Chris Kelvin (George Clooney), is sent to a space station that orbits Solaris, an ocean world. Upon arrival, Chris finds the captain has died, and the only inhabitants left are two researchers–Snow (Jeremy Davies) and Helen (Viola Davis)–and one young boy (Shane Skelton). It appears that Solaris is able to capture dreams and make them a reality. Chris discovers this when he dreams of his late wife, Rheya (Natascha McElhone), and wakes up finding what seems to be Rheya lying next to him. Other strange events follow.
|Surviving Picasso 1996 R, 123 min.|
Genre: Drama / Romance
Director: James Ivory
Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Natascha McElhone, Julianne Moore, Joss Ackland, Peter Eyre, Jane Lapotaire, Joan Plowright, Allegra Di Carpegna, Nigel Whitmey, Leon Lissek, Peter Gerety, Susannah Harker, Joseph Maher, Bob Peck, Dominic West
Arianna Stassinopoulos's biography of Picasso is adapted to the screen in this film about the 10-year relationship of Picasso (Anthony Hopkins) and Francoise Gilot (Natasha McElhone).
|The Truman Show 1998 PG, 104 min.|
Genre: Drama / Sci-Fi
Director: Peter Weir
Cast: Jim Carrey, Laura Linney, Noah Emmerich, Natascha McElhone, Holland Taylor, Ed Harris, Brian Delate, Una Damon, Paul Giamatti, Philip Baker Hall, Blair Slater, Peter Krause, Heidi Schanz, Ron Taylor, Don Taylor
Insurance salesman Truman Burbank's (Jim Carrey) entire life has been documented as well as broadcast nationally on a 24-hour basis. All the people around Truman are actors, and Truman lives and works in a huge studio. Despite his made-up world, Truman thinks he is an ordinary man–until he decides to experience life in the outside world. Academy Award nominations included Best Director and Supporting Actor (Ed Harris). 1 User Review
|A good movie that doesn't quite gel||1fatts 03/31/2007 |
| The elements are all here, and it is a professonal job. Weir directs; Ed Harris was up for an oscar; a solid performance from Laura Linney and Jim Carrey plays confused without going over the top.|
And the script is everyone's paranoid fantasy brought to life.
It is enertaining, amusing, more-or-less satisfying, and has a couple of nice scenes taking advantage of good production values.
Then why isn't it better than this? Why isn't this allegory of the central question in so many lives -- isn't there more to me than this? -- more moving? more challenging? more significant?
I think the director sets the mark rather lower than he might have. Carrey is fine, but not better than fine. There are levels of shading that the actor doesn't bring and the director doesn't seek. Ed Harris' final confrontation with Truman, which should be man facing his creator, falls flat because Carrey isn't man enough and Harris' creator isn't high enough.
Still, a good film and well worth a few hours of your time. But one of those films where you wonder what someone else who was willing to take a few more chances could have made of this.
|1. Big Nothing (2006)|
2. City of Ghosts (2003)
3. The Devil's Own (1997)
4. FearDotCom (2002)
5. Ladies in Lavender (2004)
6. Laurel Canyon (2002)
7. Love's Labour's Lost (2000)
8. Mrs. Dalloway (1997)
9. Ronin (1998)
10. Solaris (2002)
11. Surviving Picasso (1996)
12. The Truman Show (1998)
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