57 posts tagged with drama by DirtyOldTown.
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Movie: Empire of the Sun

Jamie Graham (a young Christian Bale), a privileged English boy, is living in Shanghai when the Japanese invade and force all foreigners into prison camps. Jamie is captured with an American sailor, who looks out for him while they are in the camp together. Even though he is separated from his parents and in a hostile environment, Jamie maintains his dignity and youthful spirits, providing a beacon of hope for the others held captive with him. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Oct 5, 2022 - 14 comments

Movie: Argo

On Nov. 4, 1979, militants storm the U.S. embassy in Tehran, Iran, taking 66 American hostages. Amid the chaos, six Americans manage to slip away and find refuge with the Canadian ambassador. Knowing that it's just a matter of time before the refugees are found and likely executed, the U.S. government calls on extractor Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck) to rescue them. Mendez's plan is to pose as a Hollywood producer scouting locations in Iran and train the refugees to act as his "film" crew. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Oct 5, 2022 - 13 comments

Movie: Wild Strawberries

Crotchety retired doctor Isak Borg (Victor Sjöström) travels from Stockholm to Lund, Sweden, with his pregnant and unhappy daughter-in-law, Marianne (Ingrid Thulin), in order to receive an honorary degree from his alma mater. Along the way, they encounter a series of hitchhikers, each of whom causes the elderly doctor to muse upon the pleasures and failures of his own life. These include the vivacious young Sara (Bibi Andersson), a dead ringer for the doctor's own first love. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Oct 5, 2022 - 1 comment

Movie: Coal Miner's Daughter

Raised in rural Kentucky poverty and married at the age of 13, Loretta Lynn (Sissy Spacek) begins writing and singing her own country songs in her early 20s. With the tireless help of her husband Oliver "Doo" Lynn (Tommy Lee Jones), Loretta rises from local honky-tonks and small-time record deals to national tours and hit singles, befriending her idol Patsy Cline (Beverly D'Angelo) and becoming a country music icon despite the toll stardom takes on her family and her marriage. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Oct 4, 2022 - 1 comment

Movie: The Dark Knight Rises

It has been eight years since Batman (Christian Bale), in collusion with Commissioner Gordon (Gary Oldman), vanished into the night. Assuming responsibility for the death of Harvey Dent, Batman sacrificed everything for what he and Gordon hoped would be the greater good. However, the arrival of a cunning cat burglar (Anne Hathaway) and a merciless terrorist named Bane (Tom Hardy) force Batman out of exile and into a battle he may not be able to win. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Oct 4, 2022 - 13 comments

Movie: Batman Begins

A young Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) travels to the Far East, where he's trained in the martial arts by Henri Ducard (Liam Neeson), a member of the mysterious League of Shadows. When Ducard reveals the League's true purpose -- the complete destruction of Gotham City -- Wayne returns to Gotham intent on cleaning up the city without resorting to murder. With the help of Alfred (Michael Caine), his loyal butler, and Lucius Fox (Morgan Freeman), a tech expert at Wayne Enterprises, Batman is born. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Oct 4, 2022 - 14 comments

Movie: The Elephant Man

Dr. Frederic Treves (Anthony Hopkins) discovers Joseph (John) Merrick (John Hurt) in a sideshow. Born with a congenital disorder, Merrick uses his disfigurement to earn a living as the "Elephant Man." Treves brings Merrick into his home, discovering that his rough exterior hides a refined soul, and that Merrick can teach the stodgy British upper class of the time a lesson about dignity. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Oct 3, 2022 - 2 comments

Movie: Primal Fear

Defense attorney Martin Vail (Richard Gere) takes on jobs for money and prestige rather than any sense of the greater good. His latest case involves an altar boy (Edward Norton), accused of brutally murdering the archbishop of Chicago. Vail finds himself up against his ex-pupil and ex-lover (Laura Linney), but as the case progresses and the Church's dark secrets are revealed, Vail finds that what appeared a simple case takes on a darker, more dangerous aspect. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Oct 3, 2022 - 3 comments

Movie: Pather Panchali

Impoverished priest Harihar Ray, dreaming of a better life for himself and his family, leaves his rural Bengal village in search of work. Alone, his wife, Sarbojaya, looks after her rebellious daughter, Durga, and her young son, Apu, as well as Harihar’s elderly aunt Indir. The children enjoy the small pleasures of their difficult life, while their parents suffer the daily indignities heaped upon them. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Sep 30, 2022 - 4 comments

Movie: A Little Princess

When her father enlists to fight for the British in WWI, young Sara Crewe must leave India and go to New York to attend the same boarding school her late mother attended. She soon clashes with the severe headmistress, Miss Minchin, who attempts to stifle Sara's creativity and sense of self- worth. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Sep 30, 2022 - 7 comments

Movie: The Sound of Music

Maria (Julie Andrews), a tomboyish postulant at an Austrian abbey becomes a governess in the home of widowed naval captain Georg von Trapp (Christopher Plummer) who has seven children. The free-spirited young woman brings a new love of life and music into the home. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Sep 30, 2022 - 26 comments

Movie: Saving Private Ryan

As U.S. troops storm the beaches of Normandy, three brothers lie dead on the battlefield, with a fourth trapped behind enemy lines. Ranger captain John Miller (Tom Hanks) and seven men are tasked with penetrating German-held territory and bringing the boy home. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Sep 30, 2022 - 12 comments

Movie: Inglourious Basterds

It is the first year of Germany's occupation of France. Allied officer Lt. Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt) assembles a team of Jewish soldiers to commit violent acts of retribution against the Nazis, including the taking of their scalps. He and his men join forces with Bridget von Hammersmark (Diane Kruger), a German actress and undercover agent, to bring down the leaders of the Third Reich. Their fates converge with theater owner Shosanna Dreyfus (Mélanie Laurent), who seeks to avenge the Nazis' execution of her family. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Sep 30, 2022 - 25 comments

Movie: Shoot the Piano Player

Charlie (Charles Aznavour) is a former classical pianist who has changed his name and now plays jazz in a grimy Paris bar. When Charlie's brothers, Richard (Jean-Jacques Aslanian) and Chico (Albert Remy), surface and ask for Charlie's help while on the run from gangsters they have scammed, he aids their escape. Soon Charlie and Lena (Marie Dubois), a waitress at the same bar, face trouble when the gangsters (Claude Mansard, Daniel Boulanger) arrive, looking for his brothers. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Sep 28, 2022 - 0 comments

Movie: The Prestige

An illusion gone horribly wrong pits two 19th-century magicians, Alfred Borden (Christian Bale) and Rupert Angier (Hugh Jackman), against each other in a bitter battle for supremacy. Terrible consequences loom when the pair escalate their feud, each seeking not just to outwit -- but to destroy -- the other man. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Sep 28, 2022 - 12 comments

Movie: The Outfit

Aging master tailor Leonard (Mark Rylance) must outwit a dangerous group of mobsters in order to survive a fateful night. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Sep 26, 2022 - 12 comments

Movie: Barton Fink

Set in 1941, intellectual New York playwright Barton Fink (John Turturro) accepts an offer to write movie scripts in L.A. He finds himself with writer's block when required to do a B-movie script. His neighbor (John Goodman) tries to help, but Barton continues to struggle as a bizarre sequence of events distracts him. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Sep 26, 2022 - 22 comments

Movie: The Wolf of Wall Street

In 1987, Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio) takes an entry-level job at a Wall Street brokerage firm. By the early 1990s, while still in his 20s, Belfort founds his own firm, Stratton Oakmont. Together with his trusted lieutenant (Jonah Hill) and a merry band of brokers, Belfort makes a huge fortune by defrauding wealthy investors out of millions. However, while Belfort and his cronies partake in a hedonistic brew of sex, drugs and thrills, the SEC and the FBI close in on his empire of excess. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Sep 23, 2022 - 15 comments

Movie: The Sixth Sense

Young Cole Sear (Haley Joel Osment) is haunted by a dark secret: he is visited by ghosts. He is too afraid to tell anyone about his anguish, except child psychologist Dr. Malcolm Crowe (Bruce Willis). As Dr. Crowe tries to uncover the truth about Cole's supernatural abilities, the consequences for client and therapist are a jolt that awakens them both to something unexplainable. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Sep 23, 2022 - 28 comments

Movie: Red Rock West

Upon arriving to a small town, a drifter (Nicholas Cage) is mistaken for a hitman, but when the real hitman arrives, complications ensue. Red Rock West is a hidden neo-noir gem with some delightful cracks in its surface -- and an opportunity to see Cage, Lara Flynn Boyle, Dennis Hopper, and J.T. Walsh go toe-to-toe in all their early '90s glory. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Sep 22, 2022 - 4 comments

Movie: A Perfect World

Butch (Kevin Costner), an escaped state prisoner from a Texas jail, kidnaps Philip (T.J. Lowther), a young, impressionable boy. As they embark on a trip across the American Southwest together, a surprising bond grows between the convict and his captive, even as law enforcement forces slowly catch up with them. An honorable Texas Ranger, Red Garnett (Clint Eastwood), understands Butch has a heart of gold, but must pursue him anyway out of duty to the law and a desire to protect the child. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Sep 21, 2022 - 4 comments

Movie: Forrest Gump

Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks), a man of limited intellectual resources has accomplished great things in his life and been present during significant historic events... in each case, far exceeding what anyone imagined he could do. But despite all he has achieved, his one true love (Robin Wright) eludes him. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Sep 21, 2022 - 17 comments

The Imperfects: Full Season  Season 1, Ep 0

After an experimental gene therapy turns them into monsters, three twenty-somethings band together to hunt down the scientist responsible and force him to make them human again. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Sep 21, 2022 - 8 comments

Movie: I Came By

An aimless, jobless, disaffected young graffiti artist named Toby (1917’s George MacKay) breaks into people’s homes to tag his signature phrase: “I came by.” His next target is a wealthy former judge (Downton Abbey’s Hugh Bonneville). When he enters the judge’s home, he sees a light underneath a door in the basement. He checks it out, which is a great idea, no notes. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Sep 2, 2022 - 13 comments

Movie: Touch of Evil

For my 500th FF movie post (I know, right?), I wanted to post a classic. And so, I'm offering up Orson Welles' 1958 classic, Touch of Evil. It has Charlton Heston as a Mexican (I know) and is currently only available in the 95 minute theatrical version which features edits and re-shoots Welles did not approve, but it's still a pretty great swan song for Welles' as a studio filmmaker. The single shot opening scene is jaw-dropping. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Aug 29, 2022 - 14 comments

Movie: Fall

After Becky (Grace Caroline Currey) and Hunter (Virginia Gardner) climb 2,000 feet to the top of a remote, abandoned radio tower, they find themselves stranded with no way down. Now their expert climbing skills will be put to the ultimate test as they desperately fight to survive the elements, a lack of supplies, and vertigo-inducing heights. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Aug 27, 2022 - 6 comments

Movie: Beast

Nate (Idris Elba) and his two teenage daughters find themselves hunted by a massive rogue lion intent on proving that the Savanna has but one apex predator. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Aug 27, 2022 - 3 comments

Movie: Thirteen

Honor student Tracy Freeland (Evan Rachel Wood) has a troubling home life, but she is close to her mother, Melanie (Holly Hunter). While trying to conceal her inner turmoil by excelling academically, she befriends the calculating Evie (Nikki Reed), her school's queen bee. Evie talks Tracy into experimenting with drugs, exploring her sexuality, and pickpocketing strangers to finance shopping sprees. Before long, Melanie realizes she must step in and stop her daughter's destructive lifestyle. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Aug 23, 2022 - 5 comments

Evil: Season Two  Season 2, Ep 0

A skeptical forensic psychologist (Katja Herbers) allies with a Catholic seminarian (Mike Colter) and a technology contractor (Aasif Mandvi) to investigate purported supernatural incidents. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Aug 22, 2022 - 8 comments

Movie: Silver Linings Playbook

After losing his job and wife, and spending time in a mental institution, Pat Solatano (Bradley Cooper) winds up living with his parents (Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver). He wants to rebuild his life and reunite with his wife, but his parents would be happy if he just shared their obsession with the Philadelphia Eagles. Things get complicated when Pat meets Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence), who offers to help him reconnect with his wife, if he will do something very important for her in exchange. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Aug 22, 2022 - 10 comments

Movie: Taxi Driver

Suffering from insomnia, disturbed loner Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro) takes a job as a NYC cabbie, haunting the streets nightly, growing increasingly detached from reality as he dreams of cleaning up the filthy city. When Travis meets campaign worker Betsy (Cybill Shepherd), he becomes obsessed with the idea of saving the world, first plotting to assassinate a presidential candidate, then directing his attentions toward rescuing 12-year-old prostitute Iris (Jodie Foster). [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Aug 20, 2022 - 8 comments

Movie: The Virgin Suicides

In an ordinary suburban house, on a lovely tree-lined street, in the middle of 1970s America, lived the five beautiful, dreamy Lisbon sisters, whose doomed fates indelibly marked the neighborhood boys. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Aug 19, 2022 - 3 comments

Movie: Young Adult

Mavis Gary (Charlize Theron) is a successful writer of teen literature who returns to her hometown with a dual mission: to relive her glory days and steal away her now-married high-school sweetheart (Patrick Wilson). However, her mission does not go exactly to plan, and she finds her homecoming more problematic than she expected. Instead, Mavis forms an unusual bond with a former classmate (Patton Oswalt), who has also found it difficult to move past high school. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Aug 18, 2022 - 4 comments

Movie: Me and You and Everyone We Know

Single dad Richard (John Hawkes) meets Christine (Miranda July, who also wrote and directed), a starving artist who moonlights as a cabbie. They awkwardly attempt to start a romance, but Richard's divorce has left him emotionally damaged, and he struggles to remain open to the possibilities of this new relationship. Meanwhile, Richard's sons, the adolescent Peter (Miles Thompson) and 6-year-old Robby (Brandon Ratcliff), take part in their own clumsy experiments with the opposite sex. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Aug 16, 2022 - 11 comments

Movie: Little Man Tate

A single mother (Jodie Foster, who also directed) raises a child prodigy (Adam Hann-Byrd) on her own, struggling to give him every opportunity he needs to express his gift. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Aug 15, 2022 - 0 comments

Movie: Con Air

Just-paroled army ranger Cameron Poe (Nicolas Cage) is headed back to his wife (Monica Potter), but must fly home aboard a prison transport flight dubbed "Jailbird" with some of the worst criminals living. Along with Diamond Dog (Ving Rhames) and Baby-O (Mykelti Williamson), genius serial killer Cyrus "The Virus" Grissom (John Malkovich) unleashes a violent escape plot in mid-flight. Secretly working with U.S. Marshall Vince Larkin (John Cusack), Poe tries to foil Grissom's plan. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Aug 9, 2022 - 10 comments

Movie: River's Edge

Teenage burnout Samson (Daniel Roebuck) has murdered his girlfriend and left her naked body lying on the bank of a river just outside their small California town. He not only doesn't run away, he brings his friends to gawk at her dead body. Speed freak Layne (Crispin Glover) tries to force the teens' silence to protect their friend, but conscience is gnawing at the others -- particularly Matt (Keanu Reeves) and Clarissa (Ione Skye Leitch), who want to go to the police. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Aug 8, 2022 - 6 comments

Movie: The Bridge on the River Kwai

The classic story of English POWs in Burma forced to build a bridge to aid the war effort of their Japanese captors. British and American intelligence officers conspire to blow up the structure, but Colonel Nicholson , the commander who supervised the bridge's construction, has acquired a sense of pride in his creation and tries to foil their plans. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Aug 7, 2022 - 8 comments

Movie: Grey Gardens

The lives of Edith Bouvier Beale (Jessica Lange) and her daughter Edie (Drew Barrymore), aunt and cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (Jeanne Tripplehorn). An HBO original film based on the women featured in the documentary of the same name. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Aug 7, 2022 - 2 comments

Movie: Black Swan

Nina (Natalie Portman) is a ballerina whose passion for the dance rules every facet of her life. When the company's artistic director decides to replace his prima ballerina for their opening production of "Swan Lake," Nina is his first choice. She has competition in newcomer Lily (Mila Kunis) however. While Nina is perfect for the role of the White Swan, Lily personifies the Black Swan. As rivalry between the two dancers transforms into a twisted friendship, Nina's dark side begins to emerge. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Aug 6, 2022 - 8 comments

Movie: The Devil's Backbone

Spain, 1939. In the last days of the Spanish Civil War, the young Carlos arrives at the Santa Lucía orphanage, where he will make friends and enemies as he follows the quiet footsteps of a mysterious presence eager for revenge. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Aug 4, 2022 - 5 comments

Movie: Gas Food Lodging

Sisters Shade (Fairuza Balk) and Trudi (Ione Skye) live in a remote New Mexico town with their mother, Nora (Brooke Adams), who waits tables at a nearby truck stop. The introspective Shade spends much of her time alone at the movies, while Trudi is more outgoing and rebellious, behavior that leads to various flings. While both girls are restless and looking for romance, Shade also hopes to play matchmaker and find a nice guy for her hardworking mother. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Aug 3, 2022 - 3 comments

Movie: Do the Right Thing

On the hottest day of the year on a street in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, everyone's hate and bigotry smolders and builds until it explodes into violence. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Aug 2, 2022 - 8 comments

Movie: The Gray Man

When the CIA's most skilled mercenary known as Court Gentry, aka Sierra Six, accidentally uncovers dark agency secrets, he becomes a primary target and is hunted around the world by psychopathic former colleague Lloyd Hansen and international assassins. A $200 million Netflix original directed by the Russo Brothers (Avengers: Endgame) and starring Ryan Gosling, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Regé-Jean Page, Billy Bob Thornton, and Alfre Woodard.
posted by DirtyOldTown on Jul 25, 2022 - 11 comments

Movie: Schindler's List

Businessman Oskar Schindler (Liam Neeson) arrives in Krakow in 1939, ready to make his fortune from World War II, which has just started. After joining the Nazi party primarily for political expediency, he staffs his factory with Jewish workers for similarly pragmatic reasons. When the SS begins exterminating Jews in the Krakow ghetto, Schindler arranges to have his workers protected to keep his factory in operation, but soon realizes that in so doing, he is also saving innocent lives. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Jul 20, 2022 - 13 comments

Movie: Terms of Endearment

Widow Aurora Greenway (Shirley MacLaine) and her daughter, Emma (Debra Winger), have a strong bond, but Emma marries teacher Flap Horton (Jeff Daniels) against her mother's wishes. When the marriage sours, Emma returns to her mother, who is involved with a former astronaut (Jack Nicholson). Soon, Emma learns that she has terminal cancer. In the hospital, supported by Aurora, she tries to make peace with Flap and her children. Based on the novel by Larry McMurtry. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Jul 12, 2022 - 3 comments

Movie: Little Miss Sunshine

The Hoover family -- an overworked mother (Toni Collette), her failed motivational speaker husband (Greg Kinnear), a depressed uncle (Steve Carell), a brother (Paul Dano) and a grandfather (Alan Arkin) -- puts the fun back in dysfunctional by piling into a VW bus and heading to California to support a daughter (Abigail Breslin) in her bid to win the Little Miss Sunshine Contest. The sanity of everyone involved is stretched to the limit as the group's quirks cause epic problems as they travel along their interstate route. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Jul 12, 2022 - 10 comments

Movie: The Impossible

In December 2004, close-knit family Maria (Naomi Watts), Henry (Ewan McGregor) and their three sons (with Tom Holland as the oldest) begin their winter vacation in Thailand. But the day after Christmas, the idyllic holiday turns into an incomprehensible nightmare when a terrifying roar rises from the depths of the sea, followed by a wall of black water that devours everything in its path. Though Maria and her family face their darkest hour, unexpected displays of kindness and courage ameliorate their terror. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Jul 11, 2022 - 1 comment

Movie: Glengarry Glen Ross

When an office full of Chicago real estate salesmen is given the news that all but the top two will be fired at the end of the week, the atmosphere begins to heat up. Shelley Levene, who has a sick daughter, does everything in his power to get better leads from his boss, John Williamson, but to no avail. When his coworker Dave Moss comes up with a plan to steal the leads, things get complicated for the tough-talking salesmen. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Jul 7, 2022 - 20 comments

Movie: Submarine

15-year-old deep-thinking Welsh schoolboy, Oliver (Craig Roberts) struggles to initiate and maintain a relationship with Jordana (Yasmin Paige), his devilish, dark-haired classmate at their Swansea high school. As his parents’ marriage begins to fall apart, similar problems arise in his relationship with Jordana. Written & directed by Richard Ayoade. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Jul 5, 2022 - 2 comments

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