Tag Archives: Jodie Foster

Jean-Pierre Jeunet – Un long dimanche de fiançailles AKA A Very Long Engagement (2004)

Tells the story of a young woman’s relentless search for her fiancé, who has disappeared from the trenches of the Somme during World War One. Read More »

Dennis Hopper – Catchfire aka Backtrack (1990)

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An artist (Foster) witnesses a Mafia hit and calls the police. At the police station she realizes that the Mafia has a man in the force, so she runs. Trailed by the police, who need her testimony, and a hitman (Hopper) hired by the Mafia, she goes to Mexico, where eventually she meets the hitman, who has become infatuated after studying her art and life to prepare for the hit. Read More »

Wendy Apple – The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing (2004)

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Documentary about the art of film editing. Clips are shown from many groundbreaking films with innovative editing styles. Read More »

Martin Scorsese – Taxi Driver (1976)

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A mentally unstable Vietnam war veteran works as a nighttime taxi driver in New York City where the perceived decadence and sleaze feeds his urge to violently lash out, attempting to save a teenage prostitute in the process. Read More »

Tony Bill – Five Corners (1987)

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Five Corners is a powerful, moody ensemble piece with an impressively heavyweight cast. Although the basic story of the film causes it to veer off from serious drama into melodrama, it manages to pack quite a punch, thanks to some tautly-written individual sequences, acutely observed characters and deft direction. John Patrick Shanley’s screenplay is not always successful at mixing the quirkily amusing segments with those of a more disturbing or frightening bent, but the individual moments work so well that the viewer tends to overlook the lapses. Working from the script’s strengths, Tony Bill’s direction finds abundant humor as well as almost unbearable tension. His work on the elevator sequence is especially good, finding unexpected visual beauty in the image of the shafts while simultaneously creating apprehension at the danger involved in the “game” being played. His direction is also noteworthy in the penguin scene and the lengthy climactic chase. Jodie Foster gives a lovely, understated performance, quietly but eloquently conveying the character’s desperation, frustration and determination, and contrasting effectively with John Turturro’s disquieting psychopath. Tim Robbins displays a gentle strength and is especially good in his diner scene, while Kathleen Chalfont is memorable in a small role. Robbins would hit it big the next year with Bull Durham, at the same time that Foster would earn recognition (as an adult actress) with The Accused. ~ Craig Butler, All Movie Guide Read More »