The Bruin—the Westwood cinema where Margot Robbie (as Sharon Tate) goes to see herself in the Dean Martin-starring spy spoof The Wrecking Crew midway through Quentin Tarantino’s new Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood—is where I saw Ocean’s 11 (the Soderbergh-Clooney-Pitt one, not the the Dean Martin one) in 2001 and Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines in 2003. I must’ve seen at least a few other movies there, but those are the two I remember.
Here’s my review of Robert Zemeckis’ high-tech-but-old-fashioned WWII espionage thriller Allied. In my NPR review I note it’s meant to evoke a genre that includes great films like Alfred Hitchcock’sNotorious or Carol Reed’sThe Third Man. Continue reading →
A transaction among Brad Pitt, Alicia Von Rittberg, Logan Lerman, and Anamaria Marinca in David Ayer’s FURY.
Logan Lerman is a green member of Brad Pitt’s tank crew in David Ayer’s FURY.
Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Brad Pitt, Michael Pena, and Jon Bernthal in FURY.
I expected that David Ayer, the writer of Training Day and the writer-director of End of Watch and Sabotage, would make a gritty World War II combat picture. But I was surprised how much an interest his film takes in the plight of civilian women, and its willingness to show American soldiers behaving badly during the “Good War.” My NPR review is here.