James Woods

  • Sergio Leone – Once Upon a Time in America (1984)

    Sergio Leone1981-1990CrimeEpicItaly
    Once Upon a Time in America (1984)
    Once Upon a Time in America (1984)

    With the vivid memory of his long-gone childhood friends Max, Patsy, and Cockeye etched in his mind, his ferociously loyal partners-in-crime during their rise to prominence in New York’s Prohibition-era Lower East Side, the defeated, penniless, and guilt-ridden former gangster David “Noodles” Aaronson returns to Manhattan. Not knowing what to expect on his mission to shed light on his opaque past, grizzled Noodles reunites with his only living friend Fat Moe after 35 haunted years of self-exile. However, the relentless, piercing sound of culpability stands in the way of finding closure, as the inscrutable content of a well-worn leather suitcase further complicates matters. And now, against the backdrop of a torn conscience, the sad, bittersweet recollections of more than 50 years of love, death, and everything in-between become inextricably intertwined, leading to even more puzzling questions. But what are a man’s options when he is left with nothing?Read More »

  • Harold Becker – The Boost (1988)

    1981-1990DramaHarold BeckerRomanceUSA
    The Boost (1988)
    The Boost (1988)

    Lenny Brown moves to California to find his fortune in tax shelter investments. When the federal government changes the tax laws, poor Lenny finds himself $700,000 in hock with nowhere to turn. His friend, Joel, introduces him to cocaine to give Lenny that needed “boost”. What ensues next is a descent into drug addiction and insanity as Lenny tries to regain control of his life, all the while needing that extra “boost”.Read More »

  • Elia Kazan – The Visitors (1972)

    Elia Kazan1971-1980DramaThrillerUSA
    The Visitors (1972)
    The Visitors (1972)

    Set in January 1969, Bill (James Woods) is living in a remote cabin in Connecticut with his girlfriend Martha and their little child, and Martha’s stepfather (Patrick McVey) living nearby. They are spending a quiet winter Sunday in their cosy house when they get an unexpected visit from two of Bill’s old army acquaintances, Mike (Steve Railsback) and Tony (Chico Martinez). Mike and Tony have recently left the army themselves, and it soon becomes apparent that they are not just making a friendly call. As the men discuss their experiences in Vietnam, we start to wonder what happened, and why Mike and Tony have come to visit Bill.Read More »

  • John Flynn – Best Seller (1987)

    1981-1990DramaJohn FlynnThrillerUSA

    A hitman approaches a writer to help him create his next best seller, but the violent world he was a part of has other plans.Read More »

  • Oliver Stone – Salvador (1986)

    1981-1990DramaOliver StoneThrillerUnited Kingdom

    The film tells the story of an American journalist covering the Salvadoran civil war who becomes entangled with both leftist guerrillas and the right wing military. The film is sympathetic towards the left wing revolutionaries and strongly critical of the U.S.-supported death squads, focusing on their murder of four American churchwomen, including Jean Donovan, and their assassination of Archbishop Óscar Romero.
    The film was nominated for two Academy Awards: Best Actor in a Leading Role (Woods) and Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen (Stone and Boyle).Read More »

  • James B. Harris – Cop (1988)

    1981-1990CrimeJames B. HarrisThrillerUSA

    Plot synopsis:
    Lloyd Hopkins (Woods) is a hard-boiled American police detective on the trail of a mass murderer who is victimizing women in Los Angeles. The pursuit leads him through a world that has become his own natural habitat – a nasty world of crime, drugs, prostitution and male hustlers where “innocence kills” and continued exposure corrupts.Read More »

  • Sofia Coppola – The Virgin Suicides [+extras] (1999)

    1991-2000DramaSofia CoppolaUSA

    A group of male friends become obsessed with five mysterious sisters who are sheltered by their strict, religious parents in suburban Detroit in the mid 1970s.Read More »

  • Jason Alexander – For Better or Worse (1995)

    1991-2000ActionComedyJason AlexanderUSA

    A romantic comedy about Michael (Jason Alexander TV’s “Seinfeld”), a loser whose recent girlfriend dumped him and to make matters worse, he discovers that his recently married brother Reggie (James Woods “John Q,” “Scary Movie 2”) is planning to knock over the credit union where their own mother (Bea Arthur TV’s “The Golden Girls”) works. When it’s discovered that the security codes needed to pull off the heist are in the suitcase of the recent bride (Lolita Davidovitch “Play It to the Bone,” “Mystery, Alaska”), Michael helps her escape and the chase is on! Also starring Oscar-nominee Rob ReinerRead More »

  • David Cronenberg – Videodrome (1983)

    1981-1990CanadaDavid CronenbergHorrorSci-Fi

    “Television is reality and reality is less than television.” Brian O’Blivion (Jack Creley) in Videodrome.

    Max Renn (James Woods) runs a sleazy Toronto cable station that airs softcore porn and bizarre, violent entertainment. When a station techie begins receiving pirated signals of a disturbing sadomasochistic program called “Videodrome,” Renn decides that it would make the perfect addition to his line up. While appearing as a guest on a cable talk show, Renn meets relationship expert Nicki Brand (Deborah Harry). The two of them are immediately drawn to each other, both sharing a penchant for rough sex and, naturally, Betamax dupes of “Videodrome.” When it’s discovered that the pirated signal originates from somewhere in Pittsburgh, television producer Masha (Lynn Gorman) attempts to help Renn secure the rights for his station. She discovers that local television guru Brian O’Blivion (Jack Creley) is behind the violent show and that the behind-the-scenes machinations are of a deeply sinister and complex nature. Against Masha’s advice, Renn seeks out the elusive O’Blivion just as his obsession with the show begins to affect his own reality. Bizarre hallucinations melding his body and the video image begin to plague him. As a vast (yet increasingly personal) conspiracy behind “Videodrome” is slowly revealed, Renn begins a profoundly disturbing transformation into “the new flesh.”

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