Here’s what Daniel recommended on his show Saturday.
Breach – Daniel said Chris Cooper delivered a terrific performance and called the film a riveting, tense thriller. I watched this film last weekend and I really liked it. It was well made and it kept you on the edge of your seat from beginning until end.
Soon after landing a plum job working for FBI operative Robert Hanssen (Chris Cooper), Eric O’Neill (Ryan Phillippe) realizes he’s been brought in to spy on his boss, who’s suspected of selling secrets to the Soviets. But can O’Neill handle such an important assignment with so little field experience, or will Hanssen get to him first? Laura Linney and Dennis Haysbert also star in director Billy Ray’s high-stakes thriller based on a true story.
The Lost Weekend – It came out in 1945 and won best actor, best screenplay, best picture, and best director…and yet it’s not on the top list of top 100 movies of all time. Daniel said it was kind of a downer of a movie but it was one of the first to deal with alcoholism and Ray Milland delivers a terrific performance. He also said it was a terrific, poignant movie.
Based on the novel by Charles R. Jackson, director Billy Wilder’s searing, Oscar-winning portrait of an alcoholic follows writer Don Birnem (Ray Milland), whose girlfriend (Jane Wyman) and caring brother (Phillip Terry) leave him alone for the weekend. Aching to drink, Don heads to a bar and goes on a binge that sends him into an alcoholic fog — complete with petrifying hallucinations and an unnerving stint in a hospital sanitarium.
The Alamo – Daniel said it’s a sweeping, big budget, hodgepodge movie telling the story of the Alamo. It was a $12M movie made in 1960. He said it was a big production and fun, epic story.
Texas’ pivotal battle for independence from Mexico comes blazingly to life courtesy of John Wayne (who also directed) as Davy Crockett. Col. William Travis (Laurence Harvey) and famous knife-fighter Jim Bowie (Richard Widmark) join the Tennessee frontiersman in the crumbling Spanish mission for one of history’s epic last stands. The final attack and rousing defense rank among Hollywood’s finest battle set pieces.