With his good looks, Liev Schreiber (TV's Ray Donovan) seems born to play an astronaut. In Magnet Releasing's The Last Days on Mars, he finally gets the chance. As chief systems officer Vincent Campbell, he's part of Aurora's six-month mission on the red planet with only 19 hours left to go before heading home. What could go wrong?
According to The Slumber Party Massacre, young women love to have group sleepovers so fun that the girls don't have the good sense to leave the house when their party is crashed by the arrival of a drill-wielding serial killer.
We vilify people for bad behavior in real life, yet celebrate it in our entertainment, particularly on the small screen. When the results are as strong as the current crop, all new (or new-ish) to DVD and/or Blu-ray, why question the disconnect?
Prior to his Spider-Man trilogy, director Sam Raimi cut his superhero-movie teeth on 1990's Darkman, a character of his own creation. Although it's clearly not the most polished of his works, the summer sleeper plays even better as the years tick by. Look no further than Shout! Factory's colorful re-release on Blu-ray.
Someday, celebrity cyclist Lance Armstrong may regret hiring Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney to document his 2009 "comeback," but I doubt it. As The Armstrong Lie demonstrates time and again for two mostly gripping hours, the athlete is still unable to tell the whole truth and nothing but.
William Colby was the consummate CIA agent: stoic, steadfast and
secretive. He rose through the ranks, from clandestine missions in the
Office of Strategic Services during World War II to CIA director in the
It’s a life explored, as much as one can explore a life mired in obfuscation, by Colby’s son, Carl Colby, in “The Man Nobody Knew: In Search of My Father, CIA Spymaster William Colby.” The documentary screens Thursday night at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art.
Despite the familial connection between documentarian and subject matter, filmmaker Carl Colby takes a somewhat standard documentary approach profiling his father, who died in a 1996 boating accident. The movie employs archival footage and photos, interspersed with interviews ranging from Colby’s former colleagues, such as James Schlesinger and Brent Scowcroft, to heavyweight journalists Seymour Hersh and Bob Woodward.
interesting are Carl Colby’s comments, which he delivers in an informal
voiceover as if narrating a slideshow of home movies — except that
these home movies document an intelligence officer who was at the heart
of Cold War intrigue. “My father, he did a lot of things, but he was
always very good at making war,” Carl Colby states early on.
elder Colby was a born soldier. With the CIA from its very beginning,
William Colby used the cover of foreign diplomat for covert assignments
that sent him and his young family hopping across the globe. Following
WWII, Colby was stationed in Italy to keep watch on that country’s
increasingly popular Communist Party.
1959, Colby moved to South Vietnam to help the government of Ngo Dinh
Diem against communist insurgents backed by North Vietnam. The
tight-lipped American developed a close friendship with Diem’s brother,
Ngo Dinh Nhu. Colby was consequently devastated when the brothers were
murdered in a 1963 coup. Colby remained ensconced in the Vietnam
conflict, eventually coordinating the controversial counterinsurgency
strategy, Phoenix Program.
Americans came to know Colby in the mid-1970s. Then director of the
agency for which he had devoted most of his life, he testified before
Congressional hearings that cast an harsh spotlight on the CIA’s shadowy
web of secret prisons and political assassination.
a documentarian, Carl Colby has the benefit of an absorbing subject at
the center of a tumultuous time in modern U.S. history. As a
storyteller, however, his skills are uneven. The film’s section on
Vietnam veers into a laundry list of U.S. miscalculations during the
war, much of which has been well-covered elsewhere.
problematic, the filmmaker gets fuzzy on a few pivotal life events —
particularly the death of William Colby’s daughter — that the work
contends are essential to understanding its central subject.
Man Nobody Knew” ultimately doesn’t really crack the enigma of William
Colby, whose emotional aloofness left few clues for his son/profiler.
Still, the documentary is an often-fascinating window on the world of a
real-life secret agent man.