We feel the same as after the first time we saw Jaws – there’s no getting back into the water for a while
Which sounds rubbish, but ssh he’s got cancer.
It’s like staring into an abyss filled with old men.
One of Liberace’s favourite sayings was “Too much of a good thing is wonderful”. Behind The Candelabra has taken this to heart. Bold, beautiful and brisk, Steven Soderbergh’s adaptation of Scott Thorson’s revealing autobiography hits a truly marvelous balance between reverence and truth. Michael Douglas as Liberace is a wonderful showman, but the true fascination to be found in the film is the peculiar yet oddly sweet relationship between him and Matt Damon’s Scott. Perfect performances, beautiful direction and more hot tub scenes you could shake a diamond-encrusted fur coat at make Behind The Candelabra a masterpiece of cinema.
23 years after his Oscar-winning film Wall Street inspired a generation of high-rollers and corporate raiders, Oliver Stone has reunited with Michael Douglas to bring us the next chapter in the life of legendary greenmailer Gordon Gekko – this time crossing swords with Shia LaBeouf and Carey Mulligan. It’s perfectly adequate when judged on its own merits, but as a follow-up to its extraordinary predecessor it leaves much to be desired.
What do you do when you fall off the horse? Why, you jump back on, of course! Or rather, on every attractive female twenty-five years younger. But aside from the sleaze, Solitary Man pushes (albeit, a few ) buttons, mainly as we question whether Ben Kalmen (Michael Douglas) is a troubled human being going through a tough time or a creep with no morals, no manners and the mind of a confused adolescent.
Steven Spielberg’s Knockout has already been reported to feature an all-star cast. With the likes of Michael Douglas, Ewan McGregor and Dennis Quaid already signed up, we’ve now had reports that Antonio Banderas might be joining them too. Could this mark the return of Banderas in action movies?