Here are the movie recommendations from Daniel’s show today. Have you seen any of these movies? Please give us your comments.
James in Tampa called in first and wanted to get some movie recommendations from Daniel based on films he likes. He likes films such as Pulp Fiction, Shadowboxer, and The Game. He really liked the Oscar winner for best live action short film called West Bank Story. Daniel recommended Silent Parter and Topkapi.
Here’s the Silent Partner synopsis: After discovering a secret plot to rob the bank at which he works, timid teller Miles Cullen (Elliot Gould) cunningly hides a large portion of the cash in his own safe-deposit box. After the robbery, master criminal Harry Reikle (Christopher Plummer) discovers that he’s been duped and puts the squeeze on Cullen to hand over the money. Shot in Canada with a primarily Canadian cast, this tense thriller features a cameo from comedian John Candy.
Here’s a Topkapi synopsis: Jet-setting jewel thief Elizabeth Lipp (Melina Mercouri) drafts master tactician Walter Harper (Maximilian Schell) and some ragtag locals, including grifter Arthur Simpson (Peter Ustinov), to help pinch a gem-encrusted dagger from an Istanbul museum. Unwittingly tapped as a patsy to smuggle guns over the border, Simpson soon ends up straddling both sides of the law. Ustinov scored a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his first-rate performance.
- Pulp Fiction is appearing on the movie channel Flix tonight at 8pm ET. Daniel says if you’ve never seen it, check it out. It’s a very violent movie so if violence turns you off, you may not like it. This movie established Tarantino as one of the preeminent directors of the day and it also resurrected the career of John Travolta. Daniel called it a very unique movie. I’ve seen it and can tell you it’s really an excellent film.
Synopsis: Fast-food-loving hit man Vince Vega (John Travolta), his philosophical partner Jules (Samuel L. Jackson), a drug-addled gangster’s moll (Uma Thurman) and a washed-up boxer (Bruce Willis) converge in this sprawling, comedic crime caper. Their adventures unfurl in three stories that ingeniously trip back and forth in time. Director and co-writer Quentin Tarantino uses whip-smart dialogue to propel the most audacious and imitated movie of the 1990s.
- If you’re looking for a little romantic interlude, channel 63 (Brighthouse cable) has Breakfast at Tiffany’s tonight at 8pm ET. Daniel called it a fun little movie.
Synopsis: In this Blake Edwards-directed adaptation of Truman Capote’s novel, fortune hunter Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn) finds herself captivated by aspiring writer Paul Varjak (George Peppard), who’s moved into her building on a wealthy woman’s (Patricia Neal) dime. As romance blooms between Paul and Holly, Doc Golightly (Buddy Ebsen) shows up on the scene, revealing Holly’s past. The film received Oscars for best song (“Moon River”) and best score.
- Daniel recommends Stranger than Fiction with Will Ferrell. He called it a terrific, light comedy. He said you’ll like it very much and you won’t be disappointed.
Synopsis: As a novelist (Emma Thompson) struggles with how to kill off her main character, IRS auditor Harold Crick (Will Ferrell) begins hearing her narration in his head and realizes he must prevent his own death. Crick’s world turns upside down, and it’s a life-or-death situation as he tries to persuade best-selling author Kay Eiffel to change the ending of her novel. Maggie Gyllenhaal, Dustin Hoffman and Queen Latifah lead the fine supporting cast.
- Daniel’s next non-recommendation is Babel. He called it stultifying, dreadful, and can’t understand what all the buzz was about. He didn’t think it was that interesting. He said it was pretentious, stupid, awful, horrible, and don’t even bother with it. He said he’ll debate anyone on next weeks show who disagrees. I saw it and liked it. I gave it 4 stars on my blog review.
Synopsis: When an American couple (Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett) vacationing in Morocco fall victim to a random act of violence, a series of events unfolds across four countries that demonstrates both the necessity and impossibility of human communication. Director Alejandro González Iñárritu artfully weaves together three seemingly disparate stories of strangers in strange lands in this Oscar nominee for Best Picture and Golden Globe winner for Best Drama.
Do you have any movie recommendations or comments on any on Daniel’s picks this week. Please leave your comments.
Thanks, and I’ll see you next week…unless I hit the lottery.